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Meet our Chairman

We spoke to Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre about his thoughts on being elected Chairman in June 2014.New Forest National Park Authority member Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, DL

What's your best childhood memory of the New Forest?

Summer days spent cycling with my brothers through the lanes in the north of the Forest.

Why is the New Forest so special for you?

I love the sense of peace and isolation that you can so easily get within minutes of walking in to the Forest in most places, and also the fact that it is steeped in its own very special history and traditions which have moulded generations of the people who live here.

Where is your favourite place in the New Forest National Park?

Going deep in to the tranquil areas on foot, but Holly Hatch is one of my favourite places nearby.

How did you become a member?

I applied to fill one of the vacancies for the post which are directly appointed by the Secretary of State.

What skills do you bring to the role?

My family have been involved in Forest affairs for several generations so I have been brought up with an awareness of the fact that this is, and always has been, a working forest centred upon its commoning traditions. Although that awareness in itself is not a skill, I believe that it is something you have to understand in order to do this job properly.

What do you hope to achieve as Chairman?

To play my part in continuing the process of building the Park Authority into one of the New Forest’s established and respected institutions.

What's your favourite part of the job?

The fact that I have the chance to be so closely involved in helping to conserve this wonderful and unique landscape.

What is the least favourite part of the job?

I hope there aren’t any, but then I have only just been elected!

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