Conferences top successful year for New Forest education team

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Published Thursday 24 July 2014

Teachers and pupils have taken part in two education conferences in the New Forest to cap another successful year for the New Forest National Park Authority’s education team.

Over 4,100 young people have learnt more about how to care for and appreciate the New Forest over the last academic year, thanks to lessons and field trips organised by the Authority’s two education officers. This includes over 60 secondary school pupils who recently attended the first Our Forest, Our Future conference to discuss how to ensure that the New Forest has a sustainable future.

Pupils from seven local schools gave presentations on their ideas and opinions after taking part in workshops addressing challenges facing the New Forest. Issues tackled included animal accidents, the future of forestry and transport pressures.

This event followed on from a productive conference for primary school leaders, who were inspired by a day of talks and workshops to design their new curriculum to make the most of the New Forest.

Sue Palma, Lead Education Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We’re proud to have helped so many young people learn about the unique landscape and way of life of the New Forest over the last year.

‘It’s a real delight to see schools tackling the new curriculum in a creative way and taking advantage of the opportunities it offers for learning outside in the New Forest. The enthusiasm of students of all ages for their Forest bodes well for the future of the National Park.’

The Our Forest, Our Future conference was organised by the New Forest National Park Authority in partnership with Hampshire County Council, and supported by New Forest District Council, New Forest Association, Forestry Commission, New Forest Marque, Woodlander Coppice, and Wild Heritage.

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Students taking part in a workshop during the Our Forest, Our Future conference.

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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 Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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