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National park to expand valuable volunteer work
2:00pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in New Forest News
VOLUNTEERS in the New Forest contributed a staggering 6,250 hours to national park projects in the last financial year and now a national conference has met to discuss ways to increase participation further.
Volunteering coordinators from national parks across the UK met in Lyndhurst last week to discuss best practice and ways to encourage more people to get involved.
Delegates also attended a field trip to discover more about one of the New Forest National Park Authority’s most successful volunteer projects, New Forest Remembers – Untold Stories of World War II. This archiving venture includes the public helping to collect memories and information about the wartime New Forest.
Volunteers have also been extensively involved in an innovative archaeological laser mapping project, going out on the ground to inspect a large number of suspected historical locations identified through laser mapping technique and helping to discover more than 3,500 new archaeological sites and monuments.
Lead ranger Gillie Hayball said: “The importance of volunteers to the national park cannot be over-stated. Without them the number of projects we undertake each year would be significantly reduced.
“Volunteering can also be useful for learning new skills, meeting like-minded people and enjoying the outdoors.”
To learn more about volunteering in the New Forest National Park see www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/volunteering.
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