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Bees Knees Pre-School - Spaces Available

Bees Knees Pre-School is a local Pre-School that operates from Boldre War Memorial Hall. They have spaces available for children aged from 2 years  6 months to 5 years. PLease visit the website (http://www.beeskneespreschool.co.uk) for full details.

Bees Knees Pre School

Bees Knees Pre-School, Boldre is a Registered Charity (Number 1036289)

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

Do you know anyone with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is helping us to understand what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. One of the reasons the scheme has enjoyed such good success in attracting volunteers is because of the support of local parish councils. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.

Do you know somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

Who we are and what we need:

This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

More help please: 

Across Hampshire there are still 44 squares available to survey - http://www.npms.org.uk/sites/www.npms.org.uk/files/PDF/NPMS%20flyer.pdf

The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available: http://www.npms.org.uk/square-near-me-public?dynamic-return_all_squares=true

To sign up please visit www.npms.org.uk or for further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01722 342743.

Temporary Road Closures - 7th March - 12th March 2017

Temporary Road Closures - 7th March - 12th March 2017

ROADS TO BE CLOSED:
i) That length of C75 Rope Hill Boldre between its junction with A337 Southampton Road and a point 50m east of that junction. Alternative route via Royden Lane and Lower Sandy Down.
ii) That length of Shirley Holms Road Boldre between its junction with A337 Southampton Road and a point 30m west of that junction. Alternative route (for vehicles to maximum height 12’0”) via C75 Pitmore Lane, B3055 Marlpit Oak

Road Closure

Note that based on feedback to the Highways Agency, the diversion will use Sandy Down Lane as a more suitable alternative than Lower Sandy Down.

Boldre Bridge - Tree Felling

The Council would like to offer their thanks to Martin Boxall and his team from Roydon Woods for the excellent job they have made of clearing the fallen poplar trees near Boldre Bridge. We would also like to thank the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and John Durnell in particular for facilitating this work.

The photos below show the improvement:

Before:

Boldre Bridge Before

After:

Boldre Bridge After

As I hope you agree, this has made a big difference to own of our local landmarks!

Glass Recycling Text Message Reminders

Residents of the New Forest can now sign up to a new text messaging service being introduced by the district council which will send a reminder the evening before monthly glass recycling collections are due. 

Nicola Plummer, who is coordinating the project at New Forest District Council, said: "The free Remind Me service is being introduced as we know that people want to recycle their glass, but life gets busy and a timely reminder the night before could make all the difference between remembering to put your glass bottles and jars out for collection and forgetting." 

As well as the text message prompt, Remind Me will reward residents for recycling their glass by entering them into a reward draw. 20 households will be randomly selected each month and, if they are recycling the right things, they can choose from a range of rewards, such as one month’s free membership at one of five New Forest Health and Leisure Centres, a family ticket to Beaulieu or a hamper full of local goodies from The New Forest Hamper Company.

The first 15,000 households to sign up will also receive a free Brand New Forest discount card, usually £5.

The new scheme is being funded by a grant from central government that aims to encourage recycling.

To register for the reminders, residents should text GLASS followed by first name, last name, first line of address and postcode to 81025 (e.g. GLASS Joan Smith 1 Long Lane SO12 A34)

Find out more about Remind Me at newforest.gov.uk/remindme