Tree survey will help shape the future landscape of Portsmouth

A tree survey will take place this summer to help identify the diversity of trees in Portsmouth. Surveyors and volunteers will be given the task of counting and labelling the types of trees within 250 sample plots throughout the city. Forest Research, which is part of the Forestry Commission, will undertake the survey on behalf […]



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New book ‘UNCOMMONERS – Portraits of Life in the New Forest’ launches in May

Acclaimed photographer Steve Poole has created a study of the New Forest unlike any other: a series of environmental portraits that shed light on the vibrant, idiosyncratic human ecosystem at the heart of one of the UK’s most beloved National Parks. From extraordinary, intimate pictures of New Forest commoners engaged in ancient agricultural practices to […]



StarFest at CarFest 2024 – a stellar line up

With radio DJ Chris Evans at its helm, it’s no surprise that a host of fan favourites and award winning celebrities would join him for this year’s StarFest, one of the much loved festivals within CarFest presented by bp pulse. Following the triumphant success of last year, CarFest showcases seven festivals in one: AdventureFest, FoodFest, […]



Don’t miss special guest locomotives at The Watercress Line’s Spring Steam Gala

The Watercress Line’s spectacular Spring Steam Gala returns, with two very special guest engines set to thrill visitors, from 26 to 28 April. The three-day event is a chance to explore the heritage railway’s 10-mile line, travelling behind home-fleet and guest locomotives, with an extensive operating service running each day. LMS Jubilee Class ‘Leander’ no. […]



New Forest community groups design garden for BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair

New Forest residents are to benefit from a new community garden designed by local groups for BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair. The garden has been designed and built by home-schooled children in Bramshaw and adult participants of Solent Mind, in collaboration with local award-winning designer Leigh Johnstone. It will be on display at BBC Gardeners’ […]



Residents invited to see Hilsea Lido design plans at drop-in events

Residents are invited to meet Portsmouth City Council’s Hilsea Lido project team at one of three drop-in events in March, to find out about the designs for the lido. Last year, using residents’ feedback from a community engagement process, eight pledges were put in place for Hilsea Lido, which were shared with contractors to incorporate […]



First seal pup in Hampshire waters is born

A grey seal pup which was recently born on the Beaulieu River is believed to be the first of its kind in Hampshire waters. Conservationists have been keeping a watchful eye to give it every chance of survival. The Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour team has been safeguarding the pup from disturbance by river users, while […]



National Motor Museum offers a chance of winning MG classic car in its annual prize draw

The National Motor Museum is offering the opportunity to win a 1972 MGB GT in its prize draw. Tickets are now on sale for the 2025 prize draw with all proceeds going towards the work of the National Motor Museum Trust. The classic car star prize comes complete with 12 months servicing, breakdown cover and […]



Sparsholt College launches RHS Chelsea 2024 entry

Sparsholt College has teamed up with The Colegrave Seabrook Foundation to create Sparsholt’s 2024 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Discovery entry ‘Plants, Routes & Branches’. They celebrated the launch of the garden with a morning unveiling the design joined by Sparsholt College Alumni and Industry Professionals. Visitors gathered at the college’s Hampshire Rural Business Centre to […]



BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair returns to Beaulieu for 2024

Fans of the great outdoors can look forward to a spectacular celebration of spring plants, gardens and gardening over the first weekend in May (Friday 3 – Sunday 5 May 2024) when the BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair returns to Beaulieu in the beautiful New Forest. Whether you’re an experienced grower, a complete gardening beginner […]