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New Forest authorities join 'Clean for Queen' initiative

Local authorities in the New Forest are supporting the 'Clean for the Queen' initiative this Spring.

The project is aimed at galvanising communities across the country to help tidy their local environments ahead of celebrations to mark Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations later this year.

New Forest District Council, the Forestry Commission and New Forest National Park Authority are all appealing for volunteers to join the campaign.

Mother breaks marathon world record

A mother from Hampshire has broken a world record after completing 60 marathons in 60 days.

Alice Burch from Woodlands in the New Forest broke the record at the Southampton Athletic Track.

Despite swollen ankles and damaged tendons, she managed to complete her challenge, while raising money for the animal charity SPANA.

Watch Sam Holder's report below:

Alice runs 60 marathons in 60 days

Alice prepares to set off on her last of her sixty marathons Credit: ITV Meridian

Alice Burch from the New Forest is attempting to break the world record for the number of consecutive marathons run by running sixty marathons in sixty days.

Today she will complete her 60th - running with 60 friends at the sports centre in Southampton as the finale to her achievement.

Alice warms up for her final marathon Credit: ITV Meridian

It has taken her between 4.5 to 6.5 hours hours per marathon.

Alice is raising money for animal charity SPANA which helps to alleviate the suffering of working animals in some of the world's poorest communities in Africa and the Middle East.

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Exclusive: "It's like a blooming race track" pensioner 'left for dead' on country road calls for drop in speed limit

Injured pensioner speaks about ordeal from hospital

A pensioner from the New Forest in Hampshire has spoken out about the moment he says he was knocked over and left for dead in a hit and run incident on a country road.

87-year-old Ron Seabright was walking his dog along Cowpitts Lane in Ringwood when he was struck by a car. He was taken to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries. Mr Seabright has spoken exclusively to ITV Meridian, from hospital, about his ordeal.

Calls to protect New Forest ponies on fireworks night

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Fireworks display organisers in the New Forest are being asked to be aware of ponies and other animals to avoid causing them injuries and distress.

The National Park Authority says livestock can be easily frightened by loud bangs and bright lights on Guy Fawkes Night, causing them to panic and to run into the road or into fencing and injure themselves.

Fiona Macdonald, Chairman of the New Forest Equine Forum, said: 'We want everyone to enjoy the Bonfire night celebrations. However, we would ask that anyone thinking about organising a local firework display speak to their neighbouring landowners first so that those responsible for grazing animals can take necessary precautions to safeguard their stock. Horses are easily spooked by a sudden burst of fireworks, which can cause them a great deal of distress.'

Five arrested over New Forest burglaries

Five arrested by Hampshire Police over burglaries Credit: PA

Four men and a woman have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries in the New Forest. Police in Southampton raided a number of properties in Paignton Road, Victory Road, Palm Road and Fraser Close this morning.

Officers from CID, the Force Support Unit, the Dog Unit, Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Response and Patrol were involved in the warrants. They are part of Operation Guzzi which is an ongoing investigation into burglaries across the New Forest and neighbouring areas.

Four men aged 20, 24, 32 and 43, and one woman, aged 30, all from Southampton are currently in custody.

Concerns over wild food foraging in the New Forest

Wild food foraging is growing in popularity Credit: ITV news

The New Forest is being stripped of mushrooms as wild food foraging gains popularity. That's according to the Hampshire Fungus Recording Group - which is calling on the Forestry Commission to impose a ban on ALL mushroom picking. They say the popularity is in part due to TV foodies and celebrity chefs.

Mushroom picking for commercial gain is illegal, but the general public are allowed a total of 1.5kg of mushrooms per person, per day. Society member Sara Cadbury said: " All these programmes about the 'wild food' craze and foraging in the forest merely serve to popularise the idea of mushroom picking. Fungus is a central part to the web of life - nearly all plants and trees rely on them for their growth, as do many invertebrates."

Foragers say a blanket ban on picking mushrooms would be a tragedy. A spokesman for the Forestry Commission said: "We do control and permit events in the New Forest and will direct organised groups to less sensitive sites and discourage them from cutting or picking fungi. By promoting the Fungi Pickers' Code of Conduct we want everyone to have a sensible approach to collecting fungi and only for personal use. We are very aware of the concerns regarding the impacts of unauthorised commercial picking and are working to develop a more robust approach to this in the New Forest, which must be practical and enforceable."

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