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Working with communities

Working with our communities is crucial in tackling climate and nature recovery.

Together we:

Sustainable communities 

Through our Sustainable Communities Fund, around £2.4m has been provided to over 300 projects since 2006 which have helped to reduce the carbon footprint of the New Forest National Park and improve nature. Learn more about our funded projects and how to apply.

We have run several green events to showcase renewable technologies, eco-buildings and green gardening.

Sustainable transport

We’ve invested more than a million pounds to encourage more sustainable forms of transport and behaviour such as improvements to more than 80km of cycling and walking infrastructure, supporting cycle hire businesses, running the New Forest Tour (a bus service encouraging people to leave their cars at home), established the PEDALL inclusive cycling charity and creating the New Forest Walking and Cycling Festival.

Learn more about sustainable transport.

Discover local green groups and useful links

Check out these green groups in and around the National Park and contact your parish council about local green initiatives.

Ashurst and Colbury

Ashurst and Colbury Community Group

Bartley Park

Friends of Bartley Park


Greening Bransgore


Greener Brockenhurst


Greening Burley (link to follow)


Greening Copythorne


Downton Green Group


Eco Eling


Fordingbridge Greener Living

Hale and Redlynch

Hale and Redlynch Transition and Food Market


Lymington Transition


Lover Repair Cafe

Milford on sea

Sustain Milford


Minstead Study Centre and Friends of Minstead Study Centre

New Forest-wide

New Forest Transition

Freecycle New Forest North

Clean New Forest

Refill New Forest

New Milton

Conservation Connection New Forest South

Plastic-free New Milton


Ringwood Actions for Climate Emergency (RACE Against Time)

Transition Ringwood

Greening Ringwood

Freecycle New Forest West




Friends of Bartley Park


Waterside eco hub

Waterside Climate Action Network

Are you missing from our list?

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