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NEWS RELEASE No: 1387029 JULY 2010

Forestry Commission drives community tidy up

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Groiup clearing up football pitch in New Forest

A disused football pitch in the Netley View estate in Southampton, has been brought back to life with the help of the Forestry Commission.

Working alongside youth worker Ann McDonald, from the Handy Trust, the Forestry Commission called upon young volunteers from the area to make the neglected ground usable for the start of the school summer holiday period. Netley View’s football pitch, which is not far from Hythe and on the outskirts of the New Forest, has fallen into a state of disrepair since the adjoining club house was recently knocked down. 

In a bid to discourage anti-social behaviour in the New Forest, the Forestry Commission’s Waterside Community Ranger, Keeley Spate (whose role is part funded by Exxon Mobil), is forming links with local partnerships in order to educate local children about the New Forest and the benefits it brings. She organised the volunteer day to involve the youngsters in improving the community for their own benefit.

Keeley commented:

“I am delighted with the turn out of the volunteers and I would like to thank everybody for their hard work – the pitch looks great. I really enjoyed meeting the local children and I’m looking forward to building relationships with them as I become more involved in promoting the New Forest within this community.”


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