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Sunday, 13 February 2011

Helping hand for New Forest Volunteer Fair

Groups which are looking for more volunteers are invited to showcase their projects at a New Forest Volunteer Fair set up by the New Forest National Park.

The Fair, on Saturday 5 March at Lyndhurst Community Centre, already has 25 groups signed up, with everything from local history to conservation tasks on offer.

Jim Mitchell, the New Forest National Park’s Interpretation Officer, said: ‘2011 has been designated the European Year of Volunteering and we want to celebrate the great work going on in the New Forest and encourage more people to get involved.

‘We want the fair to showcase the best of volunteering opportunities in the New Forest and would like to provide as wide a range of groups as possible which have an interest in the wildlife, landscape and heritage of the National Park.

‘As well as an opportunity for groups to hold displays about their work and talk to visitors about volunteering opportunities, the fair will be an ideal place to network with like-minded organisations.’

Groups wanting to exhibit at the fair can do so free of charge. The event will run from 11am to 4pm with a wide range of activities for visitors. For more details, contact Jim Mitchell on 01590 646681, email jim.mitchell@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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