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Communities

The New Forest National Park is a wonderful place to live, with peaceful hamlets, bustling towns and thriving communities.

Thriving communities

More than 34,000 people live in the New Forest, making it the most densely-populated national park in England. If you are one of them, this section will help you settle in as a new resident, get support for your business or volunteer to help protect this special place.
New Forest Awards

New Forest Awards

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer opportunities

Schools and Groups

Schools and Groups

Youth schemes

Youth schemes

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Parish councils

Find your parish council, its contact details and how we work with them.

Useful information

Useful information

Useful contacts

Useful contacts

New residents

Your home and garden

If your home is next to the Open...

New residents

Who does what

In the main the landowners are responsible for...

New residents

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Grants

Do you need funding for a community project in the New Forest? Use the links below to find out more information. For helpful and friendly advice before making an application, contact our grants officer on 01590 646634 or email scf@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Grants

Rural communities fund

This fund will help improve local countryside access...

Grants

Sustainable Communities Fund

Introduction The aim of the fund is to...

Young people

Youth schemes

From winding rivers to expansive heathland, ancient woodland...

Young people

Schools and Groups

The New Forest National Park offers outstanding learning...

Young people

Our education team and rangers work with young people every single week to inspire them to love the National Park. In this section you can download teaching resources, book school visits, find out about our schemes for teenagers and much more.

Get involved

Whether you’re far away from the forest, out and about in the National Park, or live here and want to commit some time and energy, everyone can help keep this unique place special for now and future generations. Browse this section for exciting volunteering opportunities and great local art and photography.

Get involved

New Forest Ambassador scheme

Become a New Forest Ambassador Many people enjoy...

Get involved

Welcoming visitors

Welcoming visitors back to the Forest safely  ...

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Volunteer for local organisations

Find New Forest organisations looking for volunteers.

Volunteer

Volunteer with us

The New Forest National Park Authority is responsible...

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, be active and learn new skills. There are a huge number of volunteering opportunities with organisations across the National Park, including with us, so whatever your interests and abilities, you can play your part in caring for this unique landscape and its community.

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