Join the New Forest’s litter crusade

litter pickers

Published Thursday 25 January 2018

Help spruce up your neighbourhood by joining the New Forest’s annual clean-up this spring.

If you are part of a local group, society or business then now is the time to round up your members and sign them up for the litter pick in March.

Between 2 and 4 March there are plenty of existing events for you to join across the New Forest as part of The Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy.

You can search for a litter picking event near you at www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk or visit www.newforest.gov.uk/tidyup if you’d like more information about how to organise your own event locally.

Cllr Alison Hoare, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Regulatory Services at New Forest District Council, said, ‘In previous years the spring clean weekend has seen hundreds and hundreds of bags of litter collected. Some of the more unusual finds have included engine parts, a rubber duck, a shopping basket, and even half a canoe! Whatever is discarded poses a risk to the animals and the area and I am glad to be able to support this worthwhile event.’

Edward Heron, Deputy Chairman of New Forest National Park Authority said: ‘I hope groups from across the National Park will sign up to clean up their neighbourhoods this spring. It will help us ensure that unsightly and potentially harmful litter is reduced in one of Britain's most treasured landscapes.’

Bruce Rothnie, Deputy Surveyor at the Forestry Commission, added: ‘We fully support the Great British Spring Clean campaign to encourage people to help keep the New Forest litter free so it can be appreciated by everyone. Leaving rubbish in the forest can have damaging effects on the Forest’s fragile ecosystem; we all have a role to play in making sure the New Forest is kept clean whether we’re a resident, or just visiting.’

The Spring Clean is organised by New Forest District Council, Forestry Commission, New Forest National Park Authority, Commoners Defence Association and the Verderers of the New Forest.

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Litter picking at Wilverley Plain near Brockenhurst during the 2017 spring clean 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.

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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