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NEWS RELEASE No: 1650022 MAY 2015

Have fun and learn more about the New Forest in National Volunteer Week

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New Forest volunteers

Volunteer Week, 1-7 June 2015

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, the Forestry Commission is offering you an opportunity to experience a whole host of activities across the New Forest, led by our Volunteer Ranger team.

Why not join one of our volunteers for a guided walk to hear all about ‘restoring lost landscapes’ from Hatchet Pond car park (Grid ref: SU369017) on Monday 1 June, 10am to 12.30pm. You’ll learn all about the recent conservation work to that has been undertaken in this area, as well as gain an insight to the fauna and flora that will benefit. 

On 3 June, meeting at Beaulieu Road car park (Grid ref: SU350063) at 10am, there’s a chance to walk through the diverse landscape of the forest to discuss how the New Forest ponies have helped to shape the forest. ‘A walk with four legged architects’ is offered to anyone from 10 years upwards and will finish at 2.30pm.

‘Blackwater at dusk’ on 5 June offers an alternative forest walk to discover the creatures of the night! Starting at Blackwater car park (Grid ref: SU268047) at 7pm until 9pm, prepare to experience the shadows and sounds of the woodland as it comes alive for the nightshift. The walk is 3 miles long and suitable for anyone 8 years and over.

Alternatively, why not bring your children (aged 2 to 8 years) along with their favourite bear to our ‘teddy bear’s backpack’ toddle through the trees on Sunday 7 June, 10.30am to 1pm, starting from Bolderwood car park (Grid ref: SU242086). You’ll get to experience the sights and sounds of the trees as well as lots of hands on activities. End your wander by bringing a picnic so your little ones can enjoy their very own teddy bear’s picnic under the magnificent trees. There’s a £5.50 charge for each child participating.
On Saturday 6 June, from 9.30am to 3pm, meeting at the High Corner Inn car park (Grid ref: SU196107), you can spend the day with one of our Volunteer Ranger team exploring the stunning Ashley Walk area on a ‘spring wander’ of 9 miles. You’ll get to hear how the unique landscape of the forest is managed and protected with an optional visit to the pub after the wander.

The cost for attending each event is £5.50. Dogs are welcome at some of the events if kept on a lead, so please check when booking if this is the case.

To enjoy any of these activities, please book online at or if you have any enquiries about the details of a particular event, you can telephone 0300 068 0400.


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1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at

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