Teaching future generations about litter

Published Wednesday 15 May 2013

Over 16,000 pupils have learnt about the damaging effects of litter on the New Forest during the last five years.

The New Forest National Park Authority’s Education Team has once again teamed up with New Forest District Council and the Forestry Commission to visit schools to teach children about the dangers of littering, how it can affect wildlife, look unsightly, and damage the unique landscape of the New Forest.

The litter assemblies also promote ‘greener’ living, and the team also provides follow up sessions full of interactive games and activities for children of Key Stages 1 and 2 (five to 11 year olds).

This year’s theme focuses on the dangers of plastic bags. Many Forest animals mistake them for food, or get tangled up in them. Every week we use over 150 million plastic bags in the UK - many of which are not biodegradable or recyclable.

Sue Palma, Education Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This is the fifth year we have been offering litter assemblies to schools across the Park. We use a variety of different themes to teach children about the long lasting effects littering has on the environment and the importance of taking their litter home with them.’

If your school is within or close to the New Forest National Park boundary and you would like to book an assembly or a session with the Education Team, please contact Sue Palma or Leanne Atkinson at sue.palma@newforestnpa.gov.uk or phone 01590 646680.

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Notes to Editor:
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 Contact:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans-mcdaid@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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