Help plant a woodland to celebrate a loved one

One of the families who took part in the 2015 family trees event

Published Monday 25 July 2016

Following the success of last year’s event, families are once again invited to celebrate a birth, marriage or life of a relative with the planting of a community woodland in the New Forest.

Over 300 people attended last year’s event at Jubilee Fields in Sway, choosing to plant one of the Forest’s six native tree species in the event run by the New Forest National Park Authority.

Registration is free and open to all, with the tree planting taking place in Ashurst in the New Forest on 3 December. Anyone who registers will receive a free personalised certificate as a memento, even if they cannot attend the tree planting day.

Trees and woodlands are a key feature of the natural beauty of the 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.

New to 2016, children can enter our competition to have their drawing used on this year’s certificate. The theme of the competition is ‘family trees’, with the winning design being picked by National Park staff.

The competition closes at midday on Friday 30 September. To enter, download the template on the Family Trees section of our website. Entries can be scanned and emailed to or sent by post to The Tree Team, New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG.

The winner must be available on Saturday 3 December and will have the honour of planting the first tree at the grand opening of the event.

Senior Tree Officer Nik Gruber from the New Forest National Park Authority said: ‘Following the success of last year, we are delighted to be running the Family Trees event again. We have an ideal site with the Recreation Ground at Ashurst with scope for new tree planting and to enhance the existing trees that are there.

‘The Parish Council has been keen to get involved with the project and we are grateful for the added support from the Tesco Bags of Help and Waitrose Community Matters schemes.’

Ashurst and Colbury Parish Chairman Max Coaker said: ‘We're very pleased that Ashurst will be the site for this year’s Family Trees event. Planting a tree to mark an important life event or remember a loved-one ensures that special memories live on for generations. Ashurst is a wonderful location to bring together people of all ages and create a new woodland for the Forest. I hope that everyone who takes part in December will enjoy being a part of such an uplifting event.’

The Family Trees project is supported by Ashurst and Colbury Parish Council and Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

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One of the families who took part in the 2015 Family Trees 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.

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About Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public voted in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

Find out more on the Bags of Help website at

Media Contact:

Beki Mole, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650


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