Public’s passion for New Forest landscape and wildlife recorded at National Park roadshow

Published Thursday 3 June 2010

More than 50 people gave their views about caring for the area’s spectacular landscape and wildlife at a National Park roadshow.

Among the issues people raised at the event in Hyde Memorial Hall, Frogham, on Wednesday (2 June) were:

  • how to keep the tranquillity of the area
  • protecting the dark night skies
  • traffic
  • managing deer
  • land management including controlling bracken and bramble
  • concerns that wildlife was declining.  

The Authority is asking the public to get involved in the preparation of a New Forest Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) and a National Park Landscape Strategy and this was the first of five roadshows around the National Park.

The draft information has been put together with other organisations including the Hampshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the National Trust and Hampshire County Council. The National Park is asking other groups to become involved too.

National Park Landscape Officer Sarah Kelly said: ‘People’s passion for the New Forest landscape and wildlife really came through.

‘Many visitors to the roadshow said they appreciated being able to enjoy the Forest, valuing their favourite areas, the peace and quiet and the landscape and wildlife of the area.

‘Quite a lot of people took away questionnaires for family and friends who weren’t able to come along so they could fill them in at home.’

The remaining roadshows are all from 2pm – 8pm and will take place at:

  • Friday 4 June at the Masonic Hall, Lymington High Street
  • Wednesday 16 June at the Beech Room, Lyndhurst Community Centre
  • Friday 18 June at the Oak Room, Marchwood Village Hall
  • Thursday 1 July at Landford Village Hall, Lyndhurst Road, Landford

People who cannot attend the roadshows can log onto www.newforestnpa.gov.uk and complete a questionnaire by following the links to the Landscape Strategy and BAP road shows.

The roadshows are the first steps in the process to form working partnerships and identify how best to deliver projects on the ground. Further consultation and opportunities to get involved will take place later in the year.

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Media Contact:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646600
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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