Hundreds expected at New Forest Volunteer Fair


Published Wednesday 27 January 2016

The New Forest’s one-stop-shop for volunteering opportunities is expected to attract hundreds of people this weekend.

Visitors will have the chance to join any of the record 45 organisations, helping them to inspire youngsters, record wildlife, restore landscapes and help some of society’s most vulnerable. The New Forest Volunteer Fair is organised by the New Forest National Park Authority.

New Forest East MP Dr Julian Lewis will be joining Karl Epps, National Parks UK young volunteer of the year, to officially open the fair. Karl, from Totton, received the prestigious national award after impressing the judges with his work as a volunteer with the National Park Authority over the last two years.

People of all ages are welcome at the free fair, which runs from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday 30 January at Lyndhurst Community Centre. Organisations taking part include the Forestry Commission, Maritime Archaeology Trust, New Forest Marathon, RSPB and Healthwatch Hampshire.

As well as browsing the display stands, visitors to the fair can gain further insight into volunteering in the New Forest through talks from local groups, including:

  • Homelessness and how to help in the New Forest – New Forest Nightstop
  • Giving the past a future – RAF Ibsley Airfield Heritage Trust
  • Discover your local marine life – Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • The role volunteers play – Exbury Gardens

To find out more about the Volunteer Fair and the other talks planned, visit

For more information on the groups attending read the New Forest Volunteer Guide 2016, below:


Picture caption:

Volunteers from the Pondhead Conservation Trust, based near Lyndhurst, who will be attending the fair.

Notes to editor:

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:

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

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