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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Call for volunteer organisations

A free event to encourage local people to learn new skills and take on new challenges is back for a third successful year.

The Volunteer Fair on Saturday 2 March is a one stop shop for organisations looking to recruit new volunteers.

Last year over 350 people attended and the National Park Authority is keen to encourage new voluntary groups to come along and become part of this great event.

Centre (left to right) – Alison Barnes, Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority next to Catherine Chatters, New Forest Non-native Invasive Plant Officer at the HIWWT with volunteers pulling non-native Himalayan Balsam.

Catherine Chatters, New Forest Non-native Invasive Plant Officer at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: ‘We go to this event every year and we are always impressed by the calibre of people who come along wanting to get involved.

‘It is a great day, not only to meet prospective volunteers but to chat about the great work we do and to meet other voluntary organisations.’

Gillie Hayball, Lead Ranger at the New Forest National Park Authority, added: ‘We want to celebrate the great work going on in the New Forest and encourage more people to get involved.

‘It is already a thriving event but we would love more voluntary groups to come along.’

If you are an organisation interested in attending the New Forest Volunteer Fair on 2 March, from 10.30am-4pm, at Lyndhurst Community Centre, contact Gillie Hayball on 01590 646682 or email

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