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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Love the New Forest? Come to the National Park ‘Volunteer Fair’

People with a passion for the New Forest are invited to a Volunteer Fair showcasing the best of volunteering opportunities in the National Park.

This free event organised by the New Forest National Park Authority will be full of New Forest organisations with a vast range of opportunities and different ways to get involved in Forest life. There is a lot to do at the fair including; talks, quizzes about the New Forest, craft activities and ‘Get to know an OS map’ sessions.

Jim Mitchell, the New Forest National Park’s Interpretation Officer, said: ‘We want to celebrate the great work going on in the New Forest and encourage more people to get involved.

‘Volunteering is good for meeting new people, learning new skills, it can keep you fit and is a great way to make a real difference to the Forest. For anyone with an interest in the wildlife, landscape and heritage of the National Park, come along!’

Diane Hogarty volunteered with the National Park’s Coastal Heritage Project. She said: ‘Volunteering is educational, fun, friendly, exciting, inspirational and very interesting! I now look at the Forest with new eyes. I will definitely volunteer again!’

Organisations signed up to attend the Fair include the Forestry Commission, which are looking for new volunteer rangers, the National Trust, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Friends of New Forest Airfields, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Ringwood and Fordingbridge Footpath Society, New Forest Transition, the New Forest Centre, Hampshire Conservation Volunteers, Hampshire Scouts and many more.

The New Forest National Park Authority will also be promoting its new project - 'New Forest remembers: untold stories of World War II'. Volunteers are needed to help record the stories of those who were in the New Forest, either living, stationed or evacuated, during World War II.

The Volunteer Fair will be held on Saturday 3 March from 10:30am–4pm at Lyndhurst Community Centre. For more information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/volunteer-fair


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