Furzley the squirrel champions car-free travel

Furzley launch

Published Monday 7 March 2016

A new children’s book and online game that promote the benefits of sustainable travel have been launched in the New Forest.

A day of activities at Hythe Primary School saw hundreds of pupils hear the story of Furzley the squirrel’s car-free race against time to become a New Forest Ranger.

The book and game (play here) were produced by the New Forest National Park Authority to encourage children to see travelling by bus, cycle, train, ferry or by foot as a fun and environmentally-friendly way to get around the Forest. The project was funded by the Two National Parks Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which works to promote car-free travel.

Hythe Primary pupils were the first children to hear and see Furzley’s New Forest Adventure during a special assembly. They then enjoyed a day of workshops and craft activities, before each family at the school received a free copy of the picture book (read it for yourself below).

Copies have been distributed to 150 local schools, with a range of follow-up activities about sustainable travel in the New Forest on offer from the National Park Authority’s education team.

Children who read the book can follow in Furzley’s footsteps by completing the accompanying online game to receive a New Forest Ranger certificate.


Alison Barnes, New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive, said: ‘This project aims to inspire children and their families to get outside and visit the National Park by train, bus or ferry for a walk or a cycle ride.

‘By spreading the sustainable transport message in this fun way, we hope that more people will realise that travelling without a car in the Forest is better for the environment and really good fun.’

Copies of Furzley’s New Forest Adventure will be available to buy at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst and National Park Authority reception at Lymington Town Hall. To play the online game visit www.furzley.com.


How to request copies

Journalists can request a free copy of Furzley’s New Forest Adventure by emailing matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

Notes to photo editor:

Alison Barnes, New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive, with pupils from Hythe Primary School.

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 www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more

Media Contact:

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

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