Volunteers needed to join New Forest Spring Clean
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to take part in the New Forest Spring Clean.
The event, which began last week, is a joint initiative between New Forest District Council, Forestry England, the national park authority, Hampshire County Council, the National Trust and the Verderers.
It is part of the national Great British Spring Clean initiative from charity Keep Britain Tidy.
This year it is asking people all around the country to collect as much litter as they can between now and when the campaign ends on Thursday 10th April.
NPA chair Gavin Parker said: “We are grateful to those who generously volunteer their time to enhance and protect the forest.
“Any litter left in our national park can have a huge impact – from starting wildfires, polluting the land and waterways, and affecting commoners’ animals and wildlife.
“A big thank you for the continued dedication from our ambassadors and local litter picking groups and volunteers who have tirelessly litter-picked throughout the year.
“Anyone can join in to help care for the Forest and we are calling on more families, communities and businesses to join this concerted effort to help us to clean up the forest this spring.”
It is estimated that more than two million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day, with the cost to the taxpayers for street cleaning reaching more than £1bn per year.
New Forest District Council’s cabinet member for people and places, Cllr David Russell, said: “The response from our community to tackle litter continues to be incredible and we are keen to support efforts to clean up our district safely.
“We thank everyone who gives their time to help keep the New Forest clear of litter and we look forward to supporting residents further during the Great British Spring Clean this year.”
Families and individuals can get free litter picking equipment and advice at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/nfambassadors.
Groups of up to 30 volunteers who wish to undertake organised litter picking events can borrow grabbers and hi-vis jackets from NFDC.
For more information visit www.newforest.gov.uk/litterpicking