Make a fun New Year's resolution - volunteer in the New Forest National Park

Volunteer fair events wide

Published Thursday 2 January 2014

Hundreds of people are expected to make a New Year’s resolution and volunteer for wildlife projects, archaeological surveys and outdoor activities within the New Forest National Park.

The annual New Forest Volunteer Fair takes place on 15 March this year at Lyndhurst Community Centre– a one-stop shop for organisations looking to recruit new volunteers who want to try new skills, meet new people and have fun at the same time.

Organised by the National Park Authority this event offers a chance for people to find out more about the varied and exciting projects going on in the New Forest.

Last year, 300 people from across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire came to the fair to meet 30 different organisations such as the Forestry Commission, Hampshire Ornithological Society, The National Trust, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, RPSB, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the New Forest Centre, Furzey Garden and Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

Spaces are limited for organisations who want to attend.

Jim Mitchell, interpretation officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This is the fourth year we’ve held a Volunteer Fair in the New Forest and they’ve steadily grown in popularity with hundreds of people keen to make a difference through new and enjoyable experiences. It’s also become increasingly popular with volunteer organisations, so it’s best to book a space quickly.’

The Volunteer Fair will be on Saturday, 15 March, from 10.30am to 4pm at Lyndhurst Community Centre. If you are from a volunteer organisation which would like to get involved email  or call 01590 646681.

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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.

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Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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