Half a canoe, a rubber duck, and a shopping basket - Clean for the Queen
Hundreds of volunteers took part in litter picks across the New Forest at the weekend (4-6 March) as part of the Clean for The Queen.
The tidy-up, which got communities spending a few hours litter picking together in the run up to The Queen's 90th birthday, was supported by New Forest District Council, New Forest National Park Authority, the Forestry Commission and the Verderers of The New Forest.
Cllr Sophie Beeton, our portfolio holder for the environment said, "Thank you to everybody that gave a few hours of their time to give the New Forest a spring clean and to the event organisers that made it happen. The response has been brilliant with volunteers collecting more than 700 bags of litter over the weekend from beaches, villages and the forest."
Some of the more unusual finds included half a canoe in the forest, engine parts, a rubber duck, and a shopping basket.
New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: 'It is fantastic that so many people turned out to help clean up the Forest in time for the visitor season and in turn help protect wildlife and New Forest ponies. We know that many communities and individuals regularly pick up litter all year round and would like to thank them for their help and for the excellent example they set."
Bruce Rothnie, Deputy Surveyor for the Forestry Commission South England Forest District, said: "Caring for the core of the Forest, known as the Crown Lands, and its unique wildlife is central to the Forestry Commission and that's why we supported Clean for The Queen. Thank you to everyone who got involved. It was a great demonstration of community spirit and care for the New Forest. Both the Forest and the people who enjoy it will benefit from this tremendous effort."
Photo - Boltons Bench litter-pick 4/3/16 L-R Cllr Sophie Beeton, Bruce Rothnie, Claire Sherwood (NPA Ranger) and Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre.