National Park rangers celebrate scorching summer season

Ranger team mobile unit

Published Thursday 29 August 2013

New Forest National Park rangers are celebrating a bumper season of events thanks to a spectacular summer.

Rangers say their free events during the school holidays to help families discover more about the New Forest and learn how to help care for the treasured landscape have been more popular than ever.

Now they are asking for support so they can ramp up their activities throughout the National Park.

Lead Ranger Gillie Hayball said that over the summer the team has spoken with 8,460 people during 38 events with the National Park Explorer mobile information unit packed full of information and fun wildlife activities.

The team of four rangers visits forest car parks and campsites, fetes, festivals and shows. They also run guided walks, plus children’s activities at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, the Reptile Centre off the A35, and Lepe Country Park.

Gillie said: ‘Our role is to help people understand what makes the forest so unique with its rare habitats, wildlife and ancient tradition of commoning, and how they can play a part in helping to care for the landscape.

‘By understanding more about issues such as how litter can impact the environment, why it’s important not to feed the New Forest ponies and how to help rare ground-nesting birds during the breeding season we can all ensure the New Forest can thrive for another 900 years.

‘We are looking for sponsors for the ranger team and mobile information unit so we can expand this vital work.

In return for playing their part in helping to protect the New Forest, companies will gain marketing opportunities which will help increase their profile across the National Park with visitors and residents, as well as gaining a unique way to stand out from their competitors.’

Aside from the summer season, rangers help communities with conservation tasks such as creating nature reserves, clearing invasive non-native plants, wildlife schemes and school sessions.

Anyone interested in a corporate partnership with the ranger team can call Corporate Partnerships Officer Matt Keatley on 01590 646689, email partners@newforestnpa.gov.uk or visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/partners for more information.

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The New Forest National Park Authority rangers and their mobile information unit.

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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.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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