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New members for National Park Authority

Ashurst woods autumn

Published on Friday 29 September 2017

The New Forest National Park Authority is welcoming six new members to help shape the future of the organisation.

Defra recruiting new Secretary of State members

ponies

Published on Thursday 23 February 2017

Would you like to shape the New Forest National Park Authority?

Local MP backs exciting New Forest projects

open art

Published on Friday 26 August 2016

Projects to improve water quality, catalogue historical materials and remove invasive plants in the New Forest National Park have received the support of a local MP.

New Forest Awards launched to celebrate rural success

Autumn

Published on Thursday 31 March 2016

The hunt is on to find the best rural businesses and environmental initiatives in the New Forest.

New members for New Forest National Park Authority

Spring

Published on Wednesday 30 March 2016

The New Forest National Park Authority is welcoming two new members.

New member sought for New Forest National Park Authority

Woodland

Published on Thursday 15 October 2015

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Liz Truss, has announced her intention to appoint a new member to the New Forest National Park Authority.

Defra director general visits New Forest National Park

Defra visit new forest national park sonia phippard

Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

A senior government official has visited the New Forest National Park to discover more about its crucial role in helping one of the country’s most treasured landscapes to thrive.

Have your say on the National Park Management Plan update

Pony grazing on heathland

Published on Monday 11 May 2015

New Forest residents and organisations are asked to send their views on the latest revisions to the National Park Management Plan update.

TV presenter's wildlife films to mark 10 year anniversary of the New Forest National Park

Simon King 10 year anniversary

Published on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Wildlife films celebrating the world-class landscapes of the New Forest, have been produced to mark its 10 year anniversary as a National Park.

New environment and rural economy lead for National Park Authority

paul walton

Published on Wednesday 7 May 2014

Paul Walton has been appointed as Head of Environment and Rural Economy for the New Forest National Park Authority.

New Forest Consultative Panel seeks new chairman

Orchids

Published on Wednesday 29 January 2014

The chairman of the New Forest Consultative Panel is standing down in March and the panel is inviting nominations to fill this vacancy.

National Park receives news of Government grant settlement

pony in early morning

Published on Saturday 11 January 2014

Budget cuts from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) mean the New Forest National Park Authority will have its core grant cut by a further 2.2% in 2014/15.

England's National Park leaders meet in the New Forest

National Park Chief Executives

Published on Friday 8 November 2013

National Park leaders met in the New Forest to share ideas about how best to protect the special qualities of the parks for all to enjoy.

Landscapes need cherishing

Forest fungi at Norley Wood

Published on Friday 27 September 2013

National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty from across the UK have declared that landscapes should be high on the agenda once again.

New member elected to New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Friday 20 September 2013

The chairman of Ashurst and Colbury Parish Council has been elected as a new member of the New Forest National Park Authority.

Discover wildlife with the New Forest National Park Authority in National Parks Week

Love your national parks logo

Published on Friday 26 July 2013

Visitors to the New Forest Show next week are invited to celebrate National Parks Week and learn about wildlife and wild places at the New Forest National Park Authority stand.

CLA and National Park to celebrate Young Farmers and Local Produce at New Forest Show

Drift at Backley

Published on Wednesday 24 July 2013

On Wednesday (31 July) the Earl and Countess of Wessex will present the first CLA and New Forest National Park Authority awards for Young Farmer & Commoner and the Best Supporter of Local Produce.

Annual review 2012/2013

Published on Friday 28 June 2013

Our annual review for 2012/13

Former Hampshire leader joins New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Monday 24 June 2013

The former leader of Hampshire County Council is one of three new members appointed to the New Forest National Park Authority.

Love Your National Parks celebration launched

Love your national parks logo

Published on Monday 10 June 2013

Celebrating National Parks which bring us health, wealth and happiness

Secretary of State appoints three new National Park Authority members

Professor Alex Neill

Published on Thursday 4 April 2013

Three new members have been appointed to the New Forest National Park Authority by Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

New Forest National Park Authority welcomes forestry report

trees at Bolderwood

Published on Wednesday 4 July 2012

The New Forest National Park Authority has welcomed a report by a panel set up to look into the future of England’s woodlands which recommends keeping the New Forest in public ownership.

New members for New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Thursday 31 May 2012

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, has appointed two new members with a wealth of Forest experience to the New Forest National Park Authority.

Redlynch landfill operators lose appeal

Published on Thursday 17 May 2012

A Planning Inspector has ruled in favour of the New Forest National Park Authority after it ordered a landfill operator to stop importing building waste on to its Redlynch site.

100 days to go to London 2012

Published on Monday 16 April 2012

With 100 days to go to the London 2012 opening ceremony, New Forest residents and visitors are being encouraged to support local Olympic hopefuls.

Defra announces next stage of National Park Governance Review

Published on Friday 9 March 2012

The Government has announced its next stage of a review of governance arrangements for English National Parks in order to increase local accountability.

New members sought for New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Monday 9 January 2012

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, has announced her intention to appoint two new members to the New Forest National Park Authority.

Make it a New Forest Christmas

Published on Tuesday 13 December 2011

If you are staying home and entertaining visitors over the festive season, the New Forest National Park has some top tips to help you make it a real New Forest Christmas.

New Forest National Park Authority welcomes Panel report on forestry

Published on Monday 12 December 2011

The New Forest National Park Authority has welcomed an interim report by a panel set up to look into the future of England’s woodlands.

New Forest National Park Authority moves to new home

Published on Wednesday 2 November 2011

The New Forest National Park Authority says its move this week to new headquarters at Lymington Town Hall will save money and improve accessibility for residents and visitors.

Robust governance procedures in place says National Park Authority

Published on Monday 15 August 2011

The New Forest National Park Authority today (15 August) said it has acted upon an Audit Commission report into the processes which saw changes of senior officers two years ago, in summer 2009.

Parish council representatives proposed for New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Monday 11 July 2011

Parish Council-elected representatives to the New Forest National Park Authority are being put forward to the Government for approval.

National Park Chairman encourages Forest residents to send in their views

Published on Thursday 19 May 2011

The New Forest National Park Authority is encouraging people across the Forest to feed in their views about the future of England’s forests and woods.

Consultation meetings a success

Published on Wednesday 22 December 2010

A series of four consultation meetings organised by the New Forest National Park Authority have been a success.

Grant announcement for New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Monday 20 December 2010

Defra today announced that, as part of the Government’s spending review, the New Forest National Park Authority’s annual grant for 2011/2012 will be reduced by 21.5% over the next four years.

Brockenhurst residents discuss National Park governance

Published on Wednesday 1 December 2010

Around 60 people attended a public session yesterday (30 November) to give their views on how National Parks should be governed.

Date for the diary - National Park governance workshop

Published on Wednesday 24 November 2010

Local people will have the opportunity to discuss the consultation with National Park Authority officers and members and have any questions answered.

Review into National Park governance arrangements

Published on Monday 8 November 2010

A review has been launched today (Tuesday 9 November) by the Government to look at how National Parks are governed.

Sign of the times

Published on Wednesday 22 September 2010

A project to remove old and intrusive road signs from a key New Forest road is moving to the next stage thanks to the New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire Country Council.

Recreation Management Strategy now available

Published on Monday 21 June 2010

The New Forest National Park Authority’s Recreation Management Strategy has now been published following extensive consultation.

5% budget cut for New Forest National Park

Published on Friday 18 June 2010

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed this week that the New Forest National Park’s grant will be reduced.

Photography competition- ‘Dream’ New Forest

Published on Wednesday 12 May 2010

Top prizes are on offer this year to budding photographers who enter the ‘Dream View’ photography competition - celebrating all that is special about the New Forest National Park.

Your ‘dream’ view could win you a prize

Published on Monday 19 April 2010

If you love exploring the New Forest with your camera, we have just the competition for you.

National Park vision for the future now available

Published on Thursday 1 April 2010

The New Forest National Park Authority’s Management Plan which sets out the vision to guide the National Park for the next 20 years is now available.

New Chief Executive for National Park

Published on Wednesday 24 March 2010

Alison Barnes has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority.

Signs that the New Forest landscape is being improved

Published on Monday 22 March 2010

Distracting signs which clutter the historic New Forest are about to meet their match thanks to a jointly-funded New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire County Council initiative.

National Park Authority holds recreation drop-in session

Published on Tuesday 26 January 2010

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting people to a drop-in session to find out more about its draft Recreation Management Strategy.

National Park in your inbox

Published on Thursday 24 December 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting residents and visitors to sign up to monthly email updates to keep them in touch with all the latest National Park news.

International award for New Forest National Park recreation officer

Published on Tuesday 24 November 2009

A prestigious European scholarship has been won by the New Forest National Park’s Recreation Officer which will fund her visits for research in other protected landscapes around Europe.

National Park Authority holds Plan public meeting

Published on Thursday 13 August 2009

The new interim Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority is inviting members of the public to a meeting to brief them about the next stages of its draft Park Plan.

Show of autumn colour on National Park stand

Published on Monday 20 July 2009

Autumn is coming early to the National Park stand at this year’s New Forest Show.

Timescale for National Park Plan extended

Published on Thursday 28 May 2009

The timescale for approval of the National Park Plan has been extended to the end of October to allow adequate time for the draft to be revised in the light of the many comments received.

Next stage of the draft National Park Plan complete

Published on Thursday 30 April 2009

Notes from a series of working groups held by the New Forest National Park Authority regarding the draft National Park Plan are now available to view on the Authority’s website.

New Members appointed to the New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Wednesday 1 April 2009

Two new members have been appointed to the New Forest National Park Authority; Jeremy Heron and John Pemberton.

Park Plans consultation closes

Published on Friday 14 November 2008

The Authority received around 9,000 responses to the draft Park Plan and the draft Recreation Management Strategy.

Consultation extended for National Park Plans

Published on Friday 10 October 2008

The consultation period for the draft New Forest National Park Plan and the draft Recreation Management Strategy has been extended to three months. It will now close on Friday 14 November 2008.

Authority consults on its 20-year vision for the National Park

Published on Tuesday 19 August 2008

Two of the most important plans for the New Forest in a generation will be published in draft for consultation this autumn: the National Park Plan and the Recreation Management Strategy.

Youths forge ahead with New Forest plan

Published on Tuesday 8 April 2008

Young adults from a local youth theatre group have been representing young people’s views on how they would like to see the New Forest National Park managed.

Park Authority seeks review of Bournemouth Airport decision

Published on Friday 14 December 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority has sought leave to apply for a judicial review of Christchurch Borough Council’s decision to approve the expansion of Bournemouth Airport.

Minister for National Parks visits the New Forest

Published on Monday 12 November 2007

Jonathan Shaw MP, Minister for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Minister for the South East, visited the New Forest National Park.

Boundary marked for the first time

Published on Tuesday 6 November 2007

The boundary of the New Forest National Park is being marked for the first time, with local wood that reflects the history and landscape of the New Forest.

New Forest National Park fight proposed air space expansion

Published on Friday 10 August 2007

The New Forest National Park Authority has strongly objected to proposals by the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) to expand the area of ‘controlled’ airspace over the National Park.

It’s show time again for the New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Wednesday 18 July 2007

‘Know your National Park’ is the theme of this year’s New Forest National Park Authority stand at the New Forest Show from the 24-26 August.

Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority re-elected.

Published on Friday 29 June 2007

Clive Chatters and Barry Rickman have been unanimously re-elected as Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority.

Groundbreaking event for New Forest ground staff

Published on Tuesday 5 June 2007

An event aimed at breaking down barriers in the New Forest has taken place thanks to the New Forest National Park Authority.

Former National Park figure-head receives honorary degree from Southampton Solent University

Published on Wednesday 22 November 2006

Ted Johnson, OBE, has been awarded an honorary degree; Doctor of Science at Southampton Solent University in recognition of his work in the New Forest.

New Chairman and Deputy Chairman for New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Thursday 21 September 2006

Clive Chatters and Barry Rickman were appointed Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively of the New Forest National Park Authority at its meeting on Thursday 21 September.

New Minister visits England’s newest National Park

Published on Wednesday 20 September 2006

England’s newest National Park was one of the first places to receive a visit from the new Minister responsible for national parks.

First New Forest National Park Corporate Plan

Published on Friday 1 September 2006

The New Forest National Park has launched its first Corporate Plan- a vision and plan of action for the next two years (2006-2008).

National countryside figures visit New Forest National Park

Published on Wednesday 30 August 2006

Top national figures in countryside policy visited the New Forest this week to hear about the unique challenges facing England’s newest National Park.

National Park looks to the future

Published on Wednesday 26 April 2006

Ted Johnson, who was today re-elected unopposed as Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, has described the organisation’s first year as ‘memorable and historic’.

New Forest National Park takes up full powers

Published on Tuesday 28 March 2006

England’s newest National Park Authority opens for business this week. After a year of setting up, the New Forest National Park Authority takes up its full duties on 1 April 2006.

New member for New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Friday 16 December 2005

Roger Heape has been appointed as a member of the New Forest National Park Authority to replace Kerry Shephard who resigned this month to move to New Zealand with his family.

Helping to shape the future of the Forest

Published on Thursday 8 December 2005

More than 120 people met at Beaulieu Abbey yesterday (Wed 7 December) to help the National Park Authority set its priorities for the next two years.

New Forest National Park team takes shape

Published on Thursday 3 November 2005

Three directors have been appointed by the New Forest National Park Authority to help shape the future of the new national park.

Kerry Shephard press release

Published on Saturday 15 October 2005

New Forest National Park Authority Member Kerry Shephard has announced that he is resigning from the Authority in December, as he and his family move to live in New Zealand.

Logo Guidelines

Published on Sunday 9 October 2005

Our logo guidelines are ready for download.

New Member for New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Thursday 22 September 2005

Councillor Alan Rice TD has been appointed as a Member of the New Forest National Park Authority.

New Forest National Park Welcomes you to the New Forest Show

Published on Thursday 28 July 2005

The New Forest National Park Authority is delighted to be having a presence at this year's New Forest Show.

Logo and Mission Statement for New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Monday 20 June 2005

The New Forest National Park Authority has been working to develop both its 'identity' and mission statement over the last few months and is now in a position to release both.

Chief Executive Appointed for New Forest National Park Authority

Published on Tuesday 31 May 2005

The New Forest National Park Authority has been recruiting a permanent Chief Executive to take the Authority forward into the future.

New Forest National Park becomes a reality

Published on Tuesday 1 March 2005

March 1st 2005 is the birth date of the New Forest National Park, Alun Michael Rural Affairs Minister confirmed today.

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