New seasonal ranger to lead campsite activities in the New Forest

Seasonal ranger Chris Marshall family activities

Published Tuesday 5 August 2014

A new seasonal ranger will help campers have fun in the New Forest whilst helping them protect the National Park’s animals and landscapes.

Chris Marshall will lead bug hunts, forest games and craft activities exclusively for families at four Camping in the Forest campsites throughout the summer.

Campers at Roundhill, Ashurst, Holmsley and Hollands Wood will be treated to a wild time of adventure and discovery, with walks from the campsites to learn more about the flora and fauna, how the New Forest got its name and why ponies have played such an important role in shaping the landscape.

The fun activities will also show visitors how to care for the Forest and be responsible campers, reinforcing important messages such as not feeding the animals and leaving the forest as it was found.

The new role is being supported as a joint partnership between the New Forest National Park Authority, Camping in the Forest and the Forestry Commission.

Gillie Hayball, Lead Ranger at the National Park Authority, said: ‘Chris is a great addition to the ranger team. By helping campsite families to explore the Forest and discover its natural wonders, they will be better able to appreciate its fragility and help protect its special qualities during their stay.’

Rob Ganley, Camping in the Forest’s Senior Communications Manager, said: ‘We’re dedicated to helping holidaymakers learn more about the Forest and their natural surroundings, so we’re delighted to work with the National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission, this summer.

‘The National Park Authority Rangers have a fantastic knowledge of the New Forest and we hope those that stay with us take the opportunity to learn more about this unique area.’

A Forestry Commission spokesperson said: ‘This is a great opportunity to engage with visitors to the Forest and to demonstrate how the forest is sustainably managed for people, the environment and the economy while having fun and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. We are very pleased to be able to support this initiative alongside our partners.’

The seasonal ranger will lead family activities at the following campsites between 4pm and 7pm throughout the summer:

  • Mondays – Roundhill
  • Wednesdays – Ashurst
  • Thursdays – Holmsley
  • Saturdays – Hollands Wood

Guided Ranger walks will be held every Thursday from 10am to 12.30pm from one of the four campsites. Members of the public are welcome on the Guided Ranger walks, although booking is essential through individual campsites. Visit for more details.


Picture caption: Seasonal Ranger Chris Marshall  (blonde hair, brown T-shirt) leading activities with camping families at Hollands Wood campsite near Brockenhurst.

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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