New Minister visits England’s newest National Park

Published 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.

Barry Gardiner MP, Minister for Biodiversity, Landscapes and Rural Affairs, who was appointed in May 2006, visited the New Forest National Park on Tuesday 19 September.

In the morning the Minister attended an event at Longdown Inclosure near Ashurst with the Forestry Commission to celebrate the recreation of 2,000 hectares of lowland heath.

He then received a briefing from the New Forest National Park Authority at Queen’s House in Lyndhurst about the main challenges facing the Park and met key National Park partners such as the Verderers over lunch in the historic Verderers’ Hall.

In the afternoon the Minister went on a short tour of the Beaulieu Road area of the Park led by members and senior staff from National Park Authority.  They highlighted key issues such as urban pressures, farm and forest management, and coastal access and climate change.

Lindsay Cornish, Chief Executive of the National Park Authority, said: ‘We are delighted that the Minister responsible for national parks chose to visit the New Forest National Park so early in his new role.

‘As England’s newest, smallest and most densely-populated National Park, the New Forest faces a number of unique challenges which we will need the Minister’s help to tackle.  This visit gave us an ideal opportunity to show the Minister these challenges first-hand.’


Media Contacts:
Martin O’Neill, Head of Communications, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646647
Email: martin.o’   

Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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