Welcome to the N.F.A.C.V.

The New Forest Area Conservation Volunteers (NFACV) was founded in 1983 by local people who wanted to do something positive to help conserve and enhance their surrounding countryside and its wildlife.


For more than thirty five years the NFACV have provided an all year round practical conservation service in the New Forest area.



 On Sundays throughout the year NFACV members are in action around the forest, getting stuck into a variety of practical conservation tasks, including:-

  • Tree and hedge planting.

  • Scrub bashing.

  • Woodland improvement.

  • Grassland and heathland management.

  • Pond clearance and restoration.

  • Fence construction.

  • Path and step construction.

  • Coppice and hedge laying

  • Removal of non-native and invasive species.

In every case tasks are commissioned and planned to conserve and improve the countryside around us, maintaining and increasing the variety of wildlife habitats and hopefully people's understanding and enjoyment of the countryside.

Each job is headed by a task leader who will give a safety talk and instruction in the use of our hand tools. No special skills are needed.

- See photos of our Sunday tasks happening here  - the NFACV in Action


Come and join us

Membership is completely FREE and you are welcome!


We meet on Sundays 10am to 3pm - or 10am to 1pm (depending on your availability)


Work at your own pace and enjoy our lovely forest surroundings, remember conservation is not all hard work and you do not need any special skills or experience, there are also many fringe benefits, such as:-


  • Meet some new friends.

  • Get some exercise and fresh air.

  • Appreciate the beautiful New Forest.

  • Learn new skills.

  • Increase wildlife habitats.

  • Make big bonfires.

  • Get dirty and muddy.

  • Get rid of stress.

  • Great cakes (most times)

  • Have a laugh.

  • Work in areas where the general public are not allowed.


If you are coming along for the first time then contact the task leader a few days before to let then know you are coming. On the day arrive at the site 10-15 mins early, introduce yourself and fill in the membership form. 


Do wear suitable working clothes as there are plenty of brambles and nettles to contend with. Long sleeves and long trousers are recommended, walking boots, waterproofs and wellies when appropriate. Also a good pair of gardening gloves.

We are able to provide them if necessary.


Don't forget your food and drink and something waterproof to sit on (a bin bag will do).  

Enrolled members must be 18 or over.

The NFACV upcoming task schedule is posted here on this website.



Contact the NFACV

Group email:    


Dave Thomas (Chairman) 

023 8066 6665

Bernard Acworth (Treasurer) 

07704 316 859

Paul Jolliffe (Membership Secretary)  

023 8086 1558

Heather Lipscombe (Publicity and Training Information)  

0778 487 1053

Claire Sherwood (Task Organiser)

0792 056 2747