National countryside figures visit New Forest National Park

Published 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.

Twenty-five Board members from the Countryside Agency and Natural England – the new organisation that brings together the Landscape, Access and Recreation division of the Countryside Agency with English Nature and Defra's Rural Development Service (RDS) – spent two days in the New Forest on 29 and 30 August.

During their visit they were given a tour by senior managers from the National Park Authority working with colleagues from partner organisations such as the Forestry Commission.

The tour took in forest, open heath, the Waterside and the coast and illustrated some crucial issues for the National Park such as:

the need for flexibility in national grant schemes to support local objectives in land and forestry management

planning pressures and urban issues on the fringe of the National Park

coastal issues including access and climate change.

Lindsay Cornish, Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We were pleased to welcome our national colleagues and to illustrate on the ground some of the very real issues facing the New Forest National Park now and for the future.  We need their help and support if we are to be successful in tackling these issues.

‘This visit is a prime example of the Authority acting as a voice for the New Forest National Park with influential national bodies – one of the key roles in our Corporate Plan and something of which we expect to do much more in the coming months and years.’

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Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer (Press and PR), New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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