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New Forest Consultative Panel

The New Forest Consultative Panel is an advisory forum comprising representatives from over 80 organisations with an interest in the New Forest National Park and adjacent areas.  It meets every two months to discuss topical issues and provide views to the National Park Authority and other statutory bodies.

The current Chairman of the Consultative Panel will be stepping down in March 2018 following his four year appointment.

Nominations are now being sought for a new Chairman of the Panel, nominations can be received from both members and non-members of the Panel.

If you would like to nominate or be nominated for this position please submit in writing to the secretariat (details below) why you would be suitable for this position and what you could bring to the Panel no later than Thursday 1 February 2018.

The Panel’s member organisations include:

  • all parish, town, district and county councils with in the New Forest National Park
  • amenity, environmental and conservation organisations
  • sporting and recreational organisations
  • business and land management interests 
  • statutory bodies with responsibilities in the National Park.

The broad aim of the Panel is to:

  • help ensure the conservation of the special qualities of the National Park and its environs
  • promote the understanding and enjoyment of these qualities
  • have regard to people’s diverse needs and uses.

Over the 30 years since the Panel was established it has raised awareness and influenced decisions on many key issues and threats.  It is considered as the main overall consultative body for the National Park area.

Contact details for the panel are as follows:

The Panel Secretariat
New Forest Consultative Panel
c/o New Forest National Park Authority
Lymington Town Hall
Avenue Road
SO41 9ZG

Tel: 01590 646 645

Fax: 01590 646666


  1. New Forest Access Forum
  2. New Forest Consultative Panel (you are here)
  3. Recreation Management Strategy Steering and Advisory Groups


Agenda, minutes and meeting notes

New Forest Consultative Panel meeting papers

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