New Forest MPs back anti-litter campaign

Julian Lewis, Desmond Swayne, Alison Barnes, litter free forest and sea posters

Published Tuesday 25 August 2015

The New Forest’s two MPs have shown their support for an anti-litter campaign in the National Park.

Social media updates, posters and reminder stickers on litter bins placed across the Forest are asking people to ‘leave nothing but footprints’ by using a bin or taking their litter away with them. The estimated cost of litter removal is over £250,000 per year. 

The summer campaign for a ‘Litter Free Forest and Sea’ is a joint initiative between New Forest District Council, New Forest National Park Authority and the Forestry Commission. It was backed by New Forest West MP Desmond Swayne and New Forest East MP Julian Lewis during a visit to Burley arranged by the National Park Authority to highlight some of the projects it has supported in the village.

Desmond Swayne MP said: ‘This is a forest where we have a great deal of livestock and litter is very damaging to the animals and the wildlife. It wrecks the experience of the Forest that we all enjoy. I go out cycling and I go out walking with my dog and it's such a shame when you come across polythene bags, sandwich wrappers, fag packets, plastic bottles - whatever people have just left behind. It takes so little effort to carry it back home or put it in the litter bins that are provided. It's just thoughtlessness.’

Julian Lewis MP said: ‘It's in everybody's interest whether you live here or whether you're visiting to be sensible, be considerate and not leave litter in these priceless surroundings and spoil this wonderful environment.'

Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, Chairman of the National Park Authority, said: ‘We’re very pleased to receive the support of our two local MPs who recognise the negative impact that litter has on the Forest. We want people to enjoy the area, but everybody needs to play their part to ensure a litter free forest and sea.’ 

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Picture Caption: The New Forest’s two MPs have shown their support for an anti-litter campaign in the National Park (from l-r) New Forest East MP Julian Lewis, New Forest National Park Authority chief executive Alison Barnes, and New Forest West MP Desmond Swayne.

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 Contacts:
Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: sion.donovan@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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