Love the Forest

We will support teams of volunteers and ambassadors to improve the New Forest’s network of woodlands, hedgerows, and green spaces, so that habitats are more resilient, bigger, better, and more joined up, and wildlife can move freely through the landscape and adapt to changes.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2021


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1099420)

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Championed by The John Spedan Lewis Foundation


  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom

  • Volunteering is a great way for people to help the environment and become custodians of it. People can give as much or as little time as they like.

    — Volunteer Coordinator Richard Austin

  • I’ve worked in all weathers, in all environments, and with an interesting mixture of people. I’ve gained huge pleasure in seeing the difference a few energetic bods can make to some fairly unruly landscapes.

    — Ian Searle, volunteer

  • Ridding an area of Himalayan balsam is so fulfilling. It is good for the soul and it is great for our native plants and wildlife as it opens up areas previously overrun with balsam.

    — Chrissie Whiffen, volunteer

  • We have seen the marked impact we have made to improving the environment. Our collective efforts are making a real difference.

    — Peter Hancock, volunteer


The New Forest is a precious place with rare and sensitive wildlife species and habitats. More than 29,000 hectares are designated SAC, SPA, and Ramsar sites. These are under pressure from climate change, farming practices, recreation, and expansion of neighbouring urban areas, and need protecting. We need everyone to help secure its future because without it, the wildlife and unique landscape is in danger of disappearing. It is a very special place, and we are determined to keep it that way.


We will mobilise teams of volunteers and ambassadors to coppice and conserve woodlands, remove invasive species, restore species rich meadows, protect and survey important nature sites and biodiversity, and create and improve hedgerows and plant trees. We will share key messages about supporting the New Forest’s healthy and functioning habitats, so they are in good condition, well connected, and more resilient and adaptable to climate change.