Partnership encourages families camping to have fun in nature

Seasonal rangers georgia spooner and matthew heaver helping out on a recent archaeology excavation at buckland rings

Published Wednesday 10 August 2016

From bug hunting to dusk walks, families camping in the New Forest this summer are taking part in a host of free activities.

Self-led activities hosted by the New Forest National Park Authority’s Seasonal Rangers are equipping families with the knowledge and inspiration to explore their natural surroundings, whilst showing why the Forest is such a unique and special landscape.

Running until 4 September, families are enjoying activities at eight of the 10 Camping in the Forest campsites in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority.

Over 1,500 people have taken part so far in shelter building, nature crafts and sensory exploration. The guided dusk walks have proved extremely popular, with over 110 people having joined the rangers on their first two strolls.

New Forest National Park Authority Seasonal Ranger, Georgia Spooner, said: ‘Families that have taken part have been having fun looking at bugs and pictures of animal droppings, as well as taking part in scavenger hunts.

‘These activities help to bring alive the wildlife of the New Forest and show how we can all do our bit to care for this special place.’

Camping in the Forest is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and The Camping and Caravanning Club. Bob Hill, Director at Camping in the Forest, said: ‘The New Forest is a haven for wildlife and the perfect place to disconnect from the mania of modern life and reconnect with nature. Whether it’s spotting wild ponies, counting butterflies or listening to the birdsong, camping is a great way to take it all in and enjoy some well-deserved family time together.’  

With assistance from their mobile information unit, the rangers have been on hand to answer camper’s questions about the Forest and to suggest family days out.

They have also been providing useful information about the National Park and how to be a Forest friendly visitor, including being responsible campers and not feeding the animals.

Find out more about our ranger team on our website Or for more information on Camping in the Forest, please visit


Notes to photo editors:

Seasonal rangers Georgia Spooner and Matthew Heaver helping out on a recent archaeology excavation at Buckland Rings.

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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Media Contact:

Beki Mole, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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