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New Forest Awakening Festival

Join us in tackling the nature and climate emergencies

The New Forest Awakening Festival – led by the New Forest National Park Authority with a range of partners – is back in March 2023.

Everyone is welcome to join the festival which is running throughout the whole month of March.

Through a series of online and in-person events, talks and workshops, people can discover why the New Forest is so special, its role in the climate and nature emergencies, what people are already doing to protect it, and how everyone can help.

The Festival is about increasing people’s understanding of the issues in the New Forest and how we can all help respond to the nature and climate crises.

The New Forest is beginning to awaken for spring: we’re awakening our awareness of nature and climate issues; and we’re awakening our action to help protect our precious landscape.

Last year’s events ranged from wildlife talks and walks to a tree nursery visit, farm tour, clothes swap, and workshops on how to reduce our own carbon footprint. There were also family-focused events to engage children about the New Forest’s rare habitats, and the chance to find out more about our wonderful local New Forest Marque producers.

Last year, messages about the climate and nature emergencies reached 1,300,000 people, while nearly 100,000 people engaged with the online posts or events.

The New Forest National Park Authority made a declaration of intent to champion action with partners and communities towards the National Park being ‘net zero with nature’ by 2050. Net zero is achieved when any harmful greenhouse gas emissions are balanced by an equivalent amount being absorbed by the atmosphere and landscape.

The New Forest is a very special place. More than 50% of the area is of international importance for nature, and some sites have the highest possible conservation status.

The climate emergency is putting the fragile landscapes and habitats under threat, with hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters changing nature’s balance in the future.

We’ll keep you updated on news and events!

The 2021 Festival was virtual: Take a look at the recordings here

Net Zero with Nature Programme Manager


'Nature recovery is key to tackling the climate crisis.'

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