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Spring clean litter picks cancelled

Spring clean litter picks cancelled



Hundreds of local volunteers will be out and about this weekend giving the New Forest a spring clean.

Events will be taking place across the New Forest to tie in with The Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy.

Launching the events in Milford on Sea, representatives from New Forest District Council, Forestry Commission, New Forest National Park Authority and Milford on Sea Parish Council were keen to encourage people to get involved.

There are lots of litter picks to choose from, ranging from Lepe Country Park on the coast, to Blackfield on the Waterside to the National Trust’s Northern Commons.

Holding the events in early spring allows people pick litter from the Open Forest without disturbing rare ground nesting birds.

You can get involved in these spring cleans and many more by finding an open event near you at

Cllr Barry Rickman, Leader of New Forest District Council, said: ‘I am so proud of the people that get involved each year with these community litter pick events – nearly 500 people are signed up so far and still counting.’

Edward Heron, Deputy Chairman of New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The onset of spring is the perfect time for us all to come together to spruce up the New Forest. I hope lots of people will join us this weekend to ensure the National Park is in tip-top condition for residents, visitors and free roaming ponies.’

Bruce Rothnie, Deputy Surveyor of the Forestry Commission, said: ‘We all have a responsibility to keep the New Forest tidy, and make sure this wonderful part of the world is cared for. Community campaigns like the annual Spring Clean give everyone the chance to improve our great outdoors and protect our wildlife.’

The New Forest Spring Clean is supported by the Commoners Defence Association and Verderers of the New Forest.

Notes to photo editors 

Photo left to right: New Forest District Councillor Alison Hoare, New Forest National Park Authority Deputy Chairman Edward Heron, New Forest National Park Authority Head of Recreation Management and Learning Nigel Matthews, Forestry Commission Deputy Surveyor Bruce Rothnie and Milford on Sea Parish Councillor Bob Bishop.

Notes to editors

Litter pickers, gloves and bags will be supplied for all attendees. Please wear suitable footwear/clothing and park in the car park named above, no verge parking please.

Spring clean public events – ALL CANCELLED (SNOW)

Friday 2 March

  • Bolton’s Bench, Lyndhurst 10am – 12pm (Forestry Commission event)
  • Beaulieu Heath 2pm – 4pm (Forestry Commission event)

Saturday 3 March

  • Lepe Beach Clean, SO45 1AD   10am – 3pm Free parking for those who help with this event – collect your parking pass on arrival! (Hampshire County Council/National Park Authority event)
  • Rockford / Ibsley (BH24 3NA) – 10am – 12midday (run by Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley Parish Council)
  • Wilverley Plain 10am – 12pm (Forestry Commission event)
  • Half Moon car park (SO51 6AQ) – 1pm – 4pm (National Trust event)
  • Hightown Common (BH24 3HH) – 1pm – 4pm (National Trust event)
  • Hale Purlieu (SP6 2QZ) – 1pm – 4pm (National Trust event)
  • Ocknell Campsite/Plain 2pm – 4pm (Forestry Commission event)

Sunday 4 March

  • Blackfield (Blackwell Common) 10am – 12pm (Forestry Commission event)
  • Deerleap 2pm – 4pm (Forestry Commission event)
  • Lymington – Keyhaven Nature Reserve Spring Clean, Lower Pennington Lane car park, SO41 8AL, 10am – 3pm (Hampshire County Council/National Park Authority event)

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 to find out more.

Media contact

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer
Tel: 01590 646650

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