Clean for The Queen events this weekend

Leave nothing but footprints

Published Wednesday 2 March 2016

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to take part in litter picks across the New Forest this weekend as the Clean for The Queen weekend gets underway.

In all, over 20 events are taking place across communities with over 400 volunteers expected.

There is a three-day event at Lepe Country Park Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March, where there will be litter picking, an education tent, and beach art. Members of the public are invited to come along anytime between 10am and 3pm to help the clean-up after registering at the welcome tent and collecting a litter-picker pack.

Clean for The Queen is a national campaign that aims to inspire people to spend a few hours together litter picking in the run up to Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

New Forest District Council, New Forest National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and the Verderers of The New Forest have been working together to bring the campaign to the local area.

Members of the public are also invited to join in Forestry Commission-led events:

  • Boltons Bench car park 10am- 12pm Friday 4 March 2016
  • Linford Bottom car park 10am- 12pm Saturday 5 March 2016
  • Bolderwood 2pm- 4pm Sunday 6 March 2016.

Cllr Sophie Beeton, New Forest District Council portfolio holder for the environment said: 'The response we've had from local schools, parishes, community groups, and individuals has been fantastic and we are proud to be supporting them as a weekend of litter picking gets underway. Removing this litter will help protect wildlife and keep the New Forest as it should be – a special place for everybody to enjoy.'

Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, Chairman of New Forest National Park Authority said: 'The New Forest National Park is one of Britain's most treasured landscapes. Litter is unsightly and extremely harmful to wildlife and the New Forest ponies. We would encourage as many people as possible to help us tidy up the Forest this weekend and raise awareness of this important issue.'

More information about Clean for The Queen and the public events taking place in the New Forest can be found at


Notes to editors:

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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Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608

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