New Forest Spring Clean – CancelledPUBLISHED ON: 17 MARCH 2020
The New Forest Spring Clean is part of the Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy.
In light of the latest developments and current advice regarding Coronavirus, it is with regret that all support for spring cleans has been suspended.
All events which have been booked or registered with New Forest District Council should receive an email notifying them of this change. Please note all other non-essential litter picking activity should also be postponed until further notice.
This includes loan of equipment and/or collecting rubbish, or providing any other support for any litter picking activity by members of the public, community groups/clubs, schools or other organisations.
New Forest District Council will not be able to progress any requests for support for any litter picking activity in the coming months, until further notice. Further information will be posted on this page if this position should change in the future.
Published 11 March 2020:
If you take pride in your local area, why not be part of 2020’s New Forest Spring Clean by joining in the annual litter clean-up with your friends and community?
Launching the month-long clean-up campaign, representatives from New Forest District Council, Forestry England, New Forest National Park Authority and New Milton Parish Council are keen to encourage people to get involved.
Events will be taking place across the New Forest between Friday 20 March and Monday 13 April to tie in with The Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy.
Cllr Alison Hoare, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Regulatory Services at New Forest District Council, said: ‘Litter damages our wildlife and our environment both on land and in the sea, and is a blight on our communities and beautiful countryside. I am so impressed each year that we run the Spring Clean with the hundreds of local people who commit their time and energy to clearing litter from our communities. So far this year we already have more than 400 volunteers signed up for the New Forest Great British Spring Clean. I would like to say thank you to them and to encourage anyone else who cares about the New Forest to get involved in a local litter pick.’
The New Forest organisations have been jointly running the annual ‘Spring Clean’’ since 2007 assisted by willing volunteers on hand to refresh the whole district. This year New Forest rangers will be running a series of litter picks at the following locations where volunteers will be welcome to turn up and join in:
- 13 March Bolton’s Bench, Lyndhurst 10.30am to 12.30pm
- 15 March Dibden Enclosure 10.30am to 12.30pm
- 22 March Wilverley Plain, Sway 1.30pm to 3.30pm
- 28 March National Trust’s clean ups are being held at Half Moon Common, Hale Purlieu, Rockford and Ibsley Common and Hightown Common from 10am to 1pm
- 28 March Deerleap car park 1:30pm to 3:30pm
- 29 March Ocknell Campsite 10:30pm to 12:30pm
- 12 April Lepe Country Park 10am to midday focusing on the park
- 12 April Lower Pennington Reserve 10am to 3pm
- 14 April Lepe Country Park 10am to 15:00 focusing on the beach
- 17 April Lepe Country Park Ranger walk – Lepe, learn and litter pick
Groups can arrange their own litter picks during the Spring Clean or throughout the year by contacting New Forest District Council, who are able to assist with the loan of litter grabbing equipment and collecting the rubbish after the event. For more information about the support the council can offer, and how to book a litter pick go to www.newforest.gov.uk/springclean.
Edward Heron, Member of New Forest National Park Authority, Appointed National Park Verderer and Hampshire County Councillor for Lyndhurst and Fordingbridge, said: ‘Thank you to all those volunteering their time and to all the unsung litter heroes who tidy up on a regular basis while they go about their day. Litter not only spoils the appearance of our spectacular National Park but is also harmful to the free-roaming Forest animals and to wildlife.’
Bruce Rothnie, New Forest Deputy Surveyor, Forestry England, said: ‘We are pleased to be part of this campaign and our staff will be supporting many of these events. We have all seen how seemingly small, individual environmental actions when supported by the wider community can have a big impact. All of us who love and enjoy the Forest want to protect it from the blight of litter and the damage it causes. These litter picks are a great way for everyone across the community to get involved in caring for our own very special part of the planet.’
You can get involved in the public spring cleans and send us your photos by tagging #nfspringclean on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
The New Forest Spring Clean is organised by New Forest District Council, Forestry England, New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council, National Trust and the Verderers of the New Forest.
Notes to picture editor
(From left to right) Bruce Rothnie, New Forest Deputy Surveyor, Forestry England, Cllr Alison Hoare, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Regulatory Services at New Forest District Council, Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management & Learning at New Forest National Park Authority, Steve Davies
District Council Member for Milton ward.
Notes to editor
Great British Spring Clean
The Great British Spring Clean is an initiative by Keep Britain Tidy.
Keep Britain Tidy is an independent charity with three goals – to eliminate litter, end waste and improve places.
Created in 1954, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes passed a resolution to ‘Keep Britain Tidy’. Since then the directive is more than just picking up litter and creating clean beaches, parks and streets. It means creating sustainable practices and eliminating unnecessary waste.
The focus is working with people, businesses, organisations and public bodies to care for the environment on our doorstep. Aiming to inspire the people of Britain to eliminate litter and end waste for now and future generations.
Visit www.keepbritaintidy.org to find out more.
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.
Suzi Shilling, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646602