New Forest land managers queuing up for advice

Published Friday 11 June 2010

About 70 New Forest farmers, landowners, tenants and commoners have sought help from a new advice service since it launched in February.

The New Forest Land Advice Service aims to support land managers for the benefit of the environment.

Funded by the New Forest National Park Authority, Natural England and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the independent service has been helping with everything from paperwork, managing hedgerows, and eradicating non-native plants, to training young commoners in managing back-up grazing land.

Nearly 30 land managers have applied to the Service’s small grants scheme which has a total fund available of £20,000 for capital works.

Julie Stubbs, the Service’s Manager, said: ‘We have been really pleased with the number of people who have contacted us and the wide variety of landowners – from commoners and graziers, to farmers and community groups.

‘We are here to clarify legislation and procedures and help farmers and land managers through the maze of advice, grants and regulations. We also want to bring together the range of initiatives, skills and expertise available in the area so there is a co-ordinated approach to land advice and management. This way we can ensure that benefits are secured for wildlife, the countryside, people, and the rural economy.’

The Service is not confined to the National Park boundary but is open to anyone in the wider New Forest and Avon Valley areas

Julie and her team of Rhys Morgan and Mark Larter are experts in delivering this type of land management advice in the New Forest and Avon Valley.

Julie added: ‘We have also started working with people who have Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) on their land. There are about 200 of these important sites in the area, with around 100 owners, and we are working with Hampshire County Council to provide help in looking after these important habitats.’

To find out more about the Land Advice Service, call Julie on 01590 646696 or email Julie.stubbs@nflandadvice.org.uk.

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Media Contact:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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