Help to shape countryside access in the New Forest

Published Friday 27 March 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is looking for new recruits to join a forum that gives advice on improving access to the countryside and coast.

The New Forest Access Forum was established in 2006 and is the recognised independent advisory body on public access to the countryside in the New Forest area.  It is made up of members from a cross-section of interest groups including landowners, commoners, rural business owners, walkers, horse riders and cyclists.

The wide-ranging needs of all groups are taken into account when the Forum advises local authorities, the Forestry Commission and other organisations on access issues.

National regulations require that the Forum carries out recruitment every three years.  Many members wish to stay but some volunteers are now needed.  Applications are welcome from anyone who has a good understanding of at least one countryside viewpoint.  The group meets four times a year and travel expenses to meetings are paid.

For more information contact Forum Secretary Debbie Williams on 01590 646665 or by email on access.forum@newforestnpa.gov.uk. Application packs are available on request, or can be downloaded from the National Park Authority website. The closing date for applications is 24 April.

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Media Contacts:

Karen Evans
Communications Officer
New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

Claire Sherwood
Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646649
Email: claire.sherwoood@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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