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"Please drive slow for the ponies"

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Polly Smythe

Communication
Director

The New Forest’s unspoilt natural beauty is one of the things that people value most about the area.

Sadly, a minority of people deliberately throw food packaging from their cars, allow pieces of plastic to blow from open-backed vehicles, leave litter in parking areas and even deliberately dump quantities of waste materials if they think they can get away with it.

Please also remember that your food and litter could harm the ponies and donkeys, so please take your litter home if bins are full.

The estimated cost of litter removal in the New Forest is over £250,000 per year.

We work with partner organisations, including the Forestry Commission and New Forest District Council, as part of the Joint Litter Working Group to raise awareness of the problems caused by litter and to tackle them.

As the Principle Litter Authority for most of the National Park, New Forest District Council has a team of people who are tasked with regular waste collections and a range of other litter-related activities. However, much is also done by land owners, especially the Forestry Commission which is responsible for the Crown Lands, and illegal activities are followed up by the Police and Environment Agency.

If you see excessive litter in the New Forest, please report it. This can now be done using the New Forest In Touch mobile app which can be downloaded for free.



Paul
Walton
Head of Environment and Rural Economy

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'To avoid damage and obstruction, please park only in designated car parks, not on a verge or in gateways.'

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