If you enjoy the New Forest why not become part of a winning conservation team and volunteer with Pondhead Conservation Trust (PCT). Our conservation volunteers enjoy fresh air, plenty of exercise and good company. By working in one unique New Forest location volunteers also get a sense of ownership in the project and can see the difference they are making year on year. We are a small, multi award winning community woodland project (registered charity). We are run entirely by volunteers with the aim of restoring the hazel coppice, woodland understorey and ride (track) network of Pondhead Inclosure, near Lyndhurst, in order to improve its biodiversity and enhance public enjoyment of this unique area of New Forest woodland.

Pondhead Inclosure is situated close to the village of Lyndhurst (see map) in the heart of the New Forest. It is like no other area of woodland in the New Forest, as it has not been grazed by ponies and cattle for several centuries resulting in a rich variety of flora, butterflies and birds found in few other places locally. It also contains the largest are of hazel coppice remaining on the Crown land of the New Forest.

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Royal Forestry Society – Community Woodland Winner 2019

UK National Parks Volunteer Project of the Year 2016

CPRE Hampshire Countryside (Community & Voluntary) Award 2015

New Forest Sustainability Champion 2015

This is a long term project whereby we aim to restore the woodland to its former glory and improve its biodiversity by working closely with local wildlife organisations. Pondhead Conservation Trust has been set up as a vehicle by which future generations will be able to continue this important conservation work. This work is heavily reliant on a large volunteer force – if you would like to help us with our project, it’s easy to sign up online via our “Join us” page. For all other enquiries please contact us at info@pondheadconservation.org.uk or on 07887811712

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This project was initially funded by the New Forest National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund together with support from the New Forest Trust.