New Forest residents to benefit from community energy project support

New Forest District Council (NFDC) is launching a new community energy programme in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and raise climate change awareness in the district.

The council is partnering with Community Energy South to deliver a two-year initiative that will support community groups in the New Forest to develop community-owned renewables, which will generate low-carbon heat and power and reduce energy use from the national grid.

New Forest District Council is supporting the creation of the community energy groups by providing Community Energy South with £100k in funding.

On Tuesday 18 July, Community South and New Forest District Council are hosting a launch event for the programme at Lyndhurst Community Centre from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to find out more about the community energy programme and how they can get involved. See Eventbrite link:

Residents can also email to register their interest in the programme.

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden, NFDC Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: “This two-year partnership with Community Energy South ensures that we are continuing to support our district in reducing carbon emissions and improve energy security, while helping to raise awareness of the impact of locally led action on climate change, and aligns with our aims as council for the district to become net carbon zero by 2050.”“With this support from New Forest District Council and Community Energy South, our communities can build and invest in and benefit from their own renewable energy, and I encourage everyone to attend the launch event on Tuesday 18 July to find out more about how they can get involved in this fantastic new programme

Ollie Pendered, CEO of Community Energy South said: “We are very happy to be working with the New Forest District Council on this ambitious new programme. Communities in the New Forest have a fantastic track record of delivering community led action on sustainability and the environment and we hope to build on this work to support the development of a community energy group that can then develop community owned renewables. Community energy is a key component of our net zero aims, as well as building local energy resilience.” Residents can find out more about the project on the Community Energy South website at


New garden waste wheeled bin service for New Forest

At the Cabinet meeting on 5 July 2023, New Forest District Council agreed the detailed plans for a new garden waste collection service using wheeled bins.

The council already has a garden waste service, with 21,000 customers.  This is around 1 in every 4 households using the service.

The service collects garden waste from households once a fortnight and currently uses a reusable bag.

As agreed as part of the authority’s wider waste strategy*, from April 2024 the garden waste service will use a 240l wheeled bin.  The bin will hold twice what the current bags hold.  It will be a black wheeled bin with a brown lid.

The new service will have an annual charge of £65, plus a one-off charge of £25 for the supply of the bin.  These charges are in line with the average price charged by all Hampshire councils

Residents wishing to join the new service will be invited to sign up for the new service in the autumn this year. And those that sign up then, will receive an early offer of no charge for the supply of the bin , a £25 saving.

Customers who join the service in the autumn will have their wheeled bins delivered between January and March 2024.

Information will be on the Council’s website at