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Digital signs telling New Forest drivers how to look after national park

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INFORMATION signs have appeared at key gateways to the New Forest National Park in a bid to reduce litter and fires.

The temporary digital boards are part of a plan from local groups to encourage people to care for the Forest, and will be there for three months.

They have been put on the A337 at Cadnam, A35 at Ashurst and A35 near Hinton and display messages asking people to follow the New Forest Code, including to keep their distance from the animals.

One of the digital signs has been put at Ashurst
One of the digital signs has been put at Ashurst

They are funded by the national park authority, New Forest District Council and Forestry England.

Gavin Parker, NPA chair, said:

"We welcome over 15-million visits each year and it is vital that people respect the countryside and don’t destroy the very thing they come to see.

"As we have realised more and more this year or so, getting outside into nature is important for our health and wellbeing and visitors are also important for our local economy and communities.

"We hope these signs, as part as a package of initiatives, will help people enjoy the national park safely and protect the New Forest at the same time."

As well as the signs, the initiative includes measures such as increased ranger and emergency service patrols and a greater focus on visitor hotspots, improved signage and a Forest-wide barbecue and fire ban.

Cllr David Russell of NFDC said: "You can’t visit the New Forest and not be won over by its unique charm, and I believe everyone wants to do their best when they are here to protect it for future visitors and generations.

"The use of these prominent message boards will help visitors get the best out of their time here by following the New Forest Code."

Forestry England's Sam Jones added: "It’s been incredible for our team to see so much support for helping to look after the Forest during this extraordinary staycation summer.

"Joining forces with other Forest organisations, the police and emergency services, and so many dedicated community groups and individuals has had a hugely positive impact.

"The new highly visible electronic signs will help to support these efforts and encourage everyone spending time here to follow the New Forest Code."

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