The New Forest is loved by all, receiving around 13 million visitors each year who come from far and wide to admire its beauty. But what if not all visitors understand just how delicate and important the landscape and its wildlife are?
With this in mind, outdoor enthusiasts, Camping in the Forest, have joined forces with wildlife expert, Chris Packham, and is inviting primary school children in Years Five and Six to design their own creative sign to show visitors how to protect and conserve the area.
The STOP! Campaign has been created to help to support the ongoing preservation work in the region. The initiative has been launched by Camping in the Forest to educate visitors about the animals and flora that call the forest home, using an easy-to-remember acronym that the signs will be themed around:
Chris Packham, nature enthusiast and resident of the New Forest, Hampshire, commented: “The New Forest is one of my favourite places in the UK, with an abundance of wildlife and fascinating plants, it really is a place of beauty and a place that needs to be treasured and respected. This campaign will not only help encourage people to get outside and explore the countryside, but also help them to understand how they can look after the surrounding area, ensuring the New Forest and its inhabitants are preserved for future generations.”
The competition runs from now until Friday 8th June with the winning child and their class receiving a wildlife trail with Chris Packham at Camping in the Forest’s Roundhill campsite on Tuesday 26th June. As part of the prize, the winner will also get to star in an educational video alongside Chris and five of their class mates, which will be used to teach visitors how to conserve and look after the New Forest, as well as how to be a model camper. What’s more, they will also receive a week’s family camping trip at a Camping in the Forest campsite of their choice*.
Bob Hill, Sites Director at Camping in the Forest, said: “Over half of the unique landscapes in the New Forest are internationally important for wildlife – a higher proportion than in any other English National Park. With a wonderful variety of animals and insects, vast plantation and rich cultural history, it’s important everyone works together to protect and preserve the area.
“This is why we wanted to create a competition that’s fun and engaging for children, helping them to become the next generation of guardians who will also help protect the New Forest for years to come.”
Camping in the Forest offers a collection of 15 beautiful caravan and camping sites set amongst the woodlands of the Forestry Commission, with ten campsites dotted around the picturesque New Forest. Sites can also be found in the Forest of Dean, Wiltshire and Scotland, offering guests unrivalled access to some of the UK’s most stunning forests.
To find out how to enter and get your hands on a curriculum pack, email Stop@bright-consultancy.co.uk or call 0121 456 5600.
*subject to availability.