Call for volunteer organisations

Volunteers at non native plant event

Published Wednesday 30 January 2013

A free event to encourage local people to learn new skills and take on new challenges is back for a third successful year.

The Volunteer Fair on Saturday 2 March is a one stop shop for organisations looking to recruit new volunteers.

Last year over 350 people attended and the National Park Authority is keen to encourage new voluntary groups to come along and become part of this great event.

Catherine Chatters, New Forest Non-native Invasive Plant Officer at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: ‘We go to this event every year and we are always impressed by the calibre of people who come along wanting to get involved.

‘It is a great day, not only to meet prospective volunteers but to chat about the great work we do and to meet other voluntary organisations.’

Gillie Hayball, Lead Ranger at the New Forest National Park Authority, added: ‘We want to celebrate the great work going on in the New Forest and encourage more people to get involved.

‘It is already a thriving event but we would love more voluntary groups to come along.’

If you are an organisation interested in attending the New Forest Volunteer Fair on 2 March, from 10.30am-4pm, at Lyndhurst Community Centre, contact Gillie Hayball on 01590 646682 or email


Notes to Editors:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contacts:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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