Recreation Management Strategy now available

Published Monday 21 June 2010

The New Forest National Park Authority’s Recreation Management Strategy has now been published following extensive consultation.

The Strategy outlines the Authority’s key objectives, polices and actions for managing recreation over the next twenty years. It aims to enable people to enjoy the National Park as much as possible and explore ways to minimise environmental impacts.

The implementation of the Strategy will be overseen by a steering group which will be made up of representatives from key user groups, landowners and statutory bodies, to discuss recreation issues and work out solutions for the benefit of all interests in the New Forest. After five years the strategy will be reviewed.

Paula Freeland, Interim Director of Conservation, Recreation and Sustainable Development at the New Forest National Park, said: ‘The Recreation Management Strategy is a great opportunity for the Authority to work in partnership with other Forest organisations.

‘Recreation is a really important way for people to enjoy and experience the New Forest National Park – and whilst they’re getting some exercise, people have the chance to learn more about its unique heritage and enjoy its natural beauty. This Strategy sets out how recreation might be managed so that it continues to make a positive and sustainable contribution to people’s lives and to the economy of the New Forest.  

‘At the same time it is vital to ensure the Park’s special qualities are conserved and enhanced for future generations - so the really important thing for the National Park Authority and everyone involved in the management of recreation will be to carefully balance recreational activity with the conservation of this very precious place.’

Copies of the Recreation Management Strategy can be downloaded from the Authority’s website or requested by emailing


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

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