Help plant a woodland to celebrate a loved one

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Published Wednesday 8 July 2015

Families are invited to celebrate a birth, marriage or life of a relative this year with the planting of a community woodland in the New Forest.

Anybody looking to celebrate a family member or life event can take part in the Family Trees scheme, run by the New Forest National Park Authority.

Registration is free and open to all, with the tree planting event taking place in Sway in the New Forest on 28 November. Anyone who registers will receive a free personalised certificate as a memento, even if they cannot attend the tree planting day.

To reserve your place for free visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/familytrees

Trees and woodlands are a key feature of the natural beauty of the New Forest and they also make an important contribution to the appearance of towns and villages within the area. As the Family Trees woodland grows and matures it will provide a legacy for future generations and provide a lasting memory of a loved-one.

Barry Rickman, Sway Parish Councillor and New Forest National Park Authority Member said: ‘Planting a tree is a wonderful way to mark an important life event, celebrate a birth or remember a loved-one, as it keeps the memory of a family member alive for generations.

‘Sway is the perfect location for the first Family Trees community woodland in the New Forest as it’s a village with a population of all ages, from young families to senior citizens. I hope everyone who attends the tree planting event in November will enjoy visiting us and being part of creating a new woodland.’

The Family Trees project is supported by Sway Parish Council and Wessex Tree Surgeons, with thanks to Keffen Plant Hire Ltd for their kind and generous offer of help in the preparation of the site.

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Sian, Rosie, Nik and Owen Gruber at a tree planting event. 

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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 Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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