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Make your home and garden greener this summer

Make your home and garden greener this summer


Electric bike demos, solar farm tours and wildlife gardens are just some of the highlights of The Big Green Weekend in the National Park.

Property owners in and around the National Park who have electric cars, rainwater harvesting systems, biomass boilers or other energy-saving technology in their homes and gardens are opening their doors for a weekend to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

The Big Green Weekend takes place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, with a special film screening of A Plastic Ocean at Lyndhurst Community Centre and a Green Hub in Lymington with free tips and devices to help make your home more environmentally friendly.

Andy Brennan, Sustainability Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This is a great opportunity to find out ways to make your home more energy efficient and your garden environmentally friendly. It’s good to see more than 15 home owners and local organisations come forward to show how sustainable technologies can help make your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

‘We have a whole range of properties, gardens and activities for people to see, as well as a ‘Green Hub’ at Lymington Town Hall with water efficiency advice and free devices from Southern Water, recycling information and food waste advice. Drop in and see us between 11am and 4pm after viewing some of the houses and gardens.’

The Big Green Weekend is organised by the New Forest National Park Authority and is part of Defra’s 2019 Year of Green Action to help people connect, protect and enhance nature.

To view a map of the properties taking part, book your screening tickets and find out more, visit

If you have any queries please contact Sustainability Officer Andy Brennan on 01590 646676 or


Notes to photo editor:
Patrick’s Patch at Fairweather’s Garden Centre in Beaulieu will be taking part in the Big Green Weekend offering composting talks.

Notes to editor:

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.

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Media Contact:
Beki Mole, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639

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