New challenges and new friends found at Volunteer Fair

Volunteer Fair 2014

Published Monday 17 March 2014

More than 250 people looking for new challenges and new friends headed to the fourth annual New Forest Volunteer Fair on Saturday (15 March).

Many signed up for wildlife projects, archaeological surveys and outdoor activities at the event organised by the New Forest National Park Authority at Lyndhurst Community Centre.

The Volunteer Fair was opened by New Forest East MP Julian Lewis and Julian Johnson, chairman of the National Park Authority.

Around 30 organisations ranging from the Hampshire Scouts, the National Motor Museum Trust and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust met potential volunteers who wanted to get involved.

People came from the New Forest, and towns further afield such as Southampton, Romsey and Salisbury, with many saying they wanted to try new skills, meet new people, improve their fitness and give something back to the community.

Julian Johnson, chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘There was a real buzz in the room with plenty of people wanting to make a difference. The feedback from the organisations at the fair was also very positive.’

There are still plenty of volunteering opportunities for those who missed the fair. Visit to find out more.


Photo gallery: To view a photo gallery from the New Forest Volunteer Fair go to our Facebook page

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 to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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