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Ambassador scheme launched to help protect the New Forest - New Forest National Park Authority

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting people to become New Forest Ambassadors to help support its work protecting this internationally-important area.

Since Covid-19 travel restrictions were eased the New Forest has, like many other locations, received unprecedented numbers of people returning to enjoy time outside. Most people cause no issues and given the opportunity, many are keen to learn about the area’s rich culture, history and wildlife. However, there has been a rise in anti-social behaviours including fire risks, irresponsible parking and littering.

Many people who enjoy living in or close to the New Forest National Park have expressed their desire to help in the efforts to respond, supporting the local area and its wildlife.

Now the New Forest National Park Authority has created a list of practical ways people can help across the whole of the National Park, including their local villages and community areas, alongside the increased patrols and activities already being carried out by rangers and staff from the National Park Authority, Forestry England and the emergency services.

Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management and Learning at the New Forest National Park Authority said: ‘Many people are rightly reaping the health and wellbeing benefits of time spent on the coast and in the countryside, including in the New Forest National Park. A coordinated effort is in place by all Forest organisations, local authorities and the emergency services to address resulting issues. We also know that many local people have been supporting this work by picking up litter and reporting issues, and we’d like to thank them for protecting the National Park.’

Posted on: 28 July 2020

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