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Spring into New Forest's Year of Green Action and join the litter crusade

Be part of 2019's Year of Green Action by joining the annual litter clean-up this spring.

Milford on Sea beach clean The Year of Green Action encourages more people from all backgrounds to get involved in projects to improve the natural world, and this is a great chance to freshen up the Forest.

Groups, societies and businesses can organise their own litter picks, or encourage their members to sign up for one of the public events.

Between 22 March and 23 April there will be plenty of litter picking events in the New Forest for people to join as part of the Great British Spring Clean, a national campaign led by Keep Britain Tidy.

According to Keep Britain Tidy, the top five most littered items are:

·         Smoking related litter

·         Confectionery packs

·         Soft drink bottles and cans

·         Fast-food related

·         Alcoholic drinks, bottles and cans.

As well as being ugly, litter is a serious social, economic and environmental issue. It causes harm to communities and even death to wildlife costing over £1billion nationally each year to clear up. Yet it is entirely preventable.

Cllr Alison Hoare, Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Regulatory Services at New Forest District Council, said: 'In a perfect world we wouldn't need to support community litter picks, but the sad fact is that a minority of people discard their rubbish without regard for our beautiful landscape and wildlife.  These events are always well attended, and I am proud of the community groups and residents who come along and get involved.'

Edward Heron, Deputy Chairman of New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire County Councillor for Lyndhurst and Fordingbridge said: 'The Year of Green Action celebrates the 70th anniversary of national parks in England and Wales and is a wonderful way of getting people involved in improving the natural world. I hope this will inspire groups from across the National Park to help at one of the public litter picks or sign up to arrange their own. It will help us ensure that unsightly and potentially harmful litter is reduced in one of Britain's most treasured landscapes.'

Bruce Rothnie, Deputy Surveyor at the Forestry Commission, added: 'The Great British Spring Clean campaign is a great way for the local community to get involved in improving the environment here in the New Forest. All of us who use the Forest need to think about the footprint we leave behind. Working together we can make a difference in tackling this important issue and stop litter from becoming a major problem for wildlife, nature and people.'

Lord Manners, Official Verderer said: 'The Verderers very much support the Spring Litter Pick. Rubbish left on the Forest can be very dangerous to the commoners' animals who will sometimes eat it. Animals have died from eating plastic. Donkeys and cattle are attracted to plastic waste as are young foals.'

The New Forest Spring Clean is organised by New Forest District Council, Forestry Commission, New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council, National Trust and the Verderers of the New Forest.



Updated: 6 Dec 2019
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