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2023 Programme

Pre-booking is required for all events as places are limited.
Joining details will be provided to all those who book places.
Events are for Friends of the New Forest members unless shown otherwise.
Members may bring one guest to the starred events *

Please bring your friends and family to all other events.

Thursday 16th February 7.00pm
New Forest Landscapes – Past and Present
This illustrated talk will be given by Peter Frost, Vice President of FoNF and former Verderer.

Friday 10th March 10.00am

Visit to Brockenhurst Park Estate

This walk in a distinctly private area will be led by Sam Haynes who is the Estate Manager

Saturday 15th April 10.30am

Friends of the New Forest 2023 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Minstead Village Hall, Minstead, SO43 7FX
Guest Speeakers:
Alison Barnes – Chief Executive, New Forest National Park Authority
Dr Rose O’Neill – Chief Executive, Campaign for National Parks
MORE INFORMATION including the Annual Report and Financial Accounts will be available here when they are published

Sunday 28th May 10.00am

Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is a way to cultivate nature-connectedness. The invitation is to spend a couple of hours moving from our problem-solving, analytical minds into our bodies and our senses, while exploring ourselves as nature and our connection with the life and landscape around us. The walk will have a much slower pace than a hike or even a typical guided walk. It will be a real opportunity to slow down and experience the Forest and to forge a deeper connection.
This walk will be led by Clare Gouldstone who is a FoNF trustee
MORE INFORMATION will be available when booking for this event opens

June 10.00am

Visit to Brook Wood

This walk is in a small area of ancient woodland, open to grazing by the commoners’ stock and comprising mainly oak and beech with smaller holly trees in the undergrowth. The walk, to look at where the next generation of pasture woodland trees is emerging, will be led by Neil Sanderson who is an ecologist and leading lichenologist, and a FoNF Council member
MORE INFORMATION will be available when booking for this event opens

Saturday 19th August 10.00am

A Visit to Undersley Wood

A gentle walk through old pasture woodland to view the ancient and veteran trees and talk about how historic practices in the Forest have led to the treescape we see today.
The walk will be led by Adrian Parker who is a Verifier for the Ancient Tree Inventory
MORE INFORMATION will be available when booking for this event opens

Saturday 14th October 10.00am

Guided Visit to Pondhead Incosure

This walk will be led by Derek Tippits, Chairman of the Pondhead Conservation Trust
MORE INFORMATION will be available when booking for this event opens


This keynote talk and discussion was cancelled in 2022 due to Covid. We hope to re-arrange it to be held this year. More information will be published when avaiable