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Freshwater Habitats Trust - Cleaning Up Our Waters

The New Forest has one of the most exceptional freshwater landscapes in the UK. It is home to many of our rarest freshwater plants and animals that depend on its clean waters. However, even the New Forest is still vulnerable to issues such as phosphate pollution.

Phosphate is a plant nutrient that alters plant communities, affecting the creatures that should live there, and in severe cases causing algal blooms which use up oxygen and ‘suffocate’ aquatic insects and fish. It runs into ponds, rivers and streams through a range of sources including your home. Phosphates enter your household waste water from the products we use to clean our homes and the food we eat. Poorly preforming septic tanks and small sewerage works can also leech phosphate rich raw sewerage into the environment.

A clean home shouldn’t mean a dirty river and there are lots of little steps we can all take to reduce phosphate pollution. To help raise of awareness the New Forest Catchment Partnership has produced two leaflets summarising the issue of caused by phosphate pollution, and how best to maintain septic tanks and small sewage treatment works to prevent pollution.

pdfPhosphorus Leaflet326 KB

pdfSeptic Tank Leaflet308 KB

For more information and to view the leaflets please visit the New Forest Nation Park Authority website or email Hannah Worker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

New Forest Bike Project

New Forest Bike Project (NFBP) is a social enterprise which takes in unwanted bicycles and then repairs, restores and relocates them. NFBP is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC), number 10327640. Located in Bransgore in the west of the New Forest they serve the community roughly between Bournemouth, Southampton and up towards Salisbury. We aim to help people from all walks of life get out on two wheels and for it to be an inclusive and fun experience. The aim is to engage people, particular those in need, with all aspects of the project to help build confidence, skills, health and well-being through things like teaching bike maintenance, safe riding, earning a bike through volunteering and learning about recycling and sustainability issues.

More info about the New Forest Bike Project social aims and objectives on the website: www.newforestbikeproject.org

Roadside Salt/Grit Bins

Hampshire County Council has around 3500 roadside salt bins located across the highway network and they have been checking and replenishing these in recent weeks.

The bins are filled with a 50:50 mix of salt and grit and this can be freely used by members of the community for de-icing pavements and smaller access roads, and particularly those areas of public highway that are not covered by one of our main salting routes.

Please be aware that it only takes a tablespoon of salt/grit (roughly around 20 grams) to treat one square metre of road or pavement so a full bin can treat a substantial area. If your local salt bin is less than ¾ full and needs refilling through the winter season the quickest way to let us know is via the specific link on our web page at

www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/severeweather/salting.Thank you for your assistance.

HCC News for Local Councils - November 2016

The November edition of News for Local Councils from Hampshire Country Council can be found here.

Topics include:

  • Public consultation planned on future of local government and devolution in Hampshire
  • Hampshire Highways - Winter preparations
  • Hitting the cold spots - Fuel poverty scheme
  • Winter flu vaccines
  • Changes at Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres

And several others.