What makes the New Forest special to you?

Published Tuesday 14 November 2006

Local people and visitors are going to be asked, what makes the New Forest special to them, in a consultation launched this week.

The ‘special qualities’ consultation aims to seek people’s views and opinions to help guide future work and policies.

Stephen Trotter, Director of Conservation, said: ‘This consultation is an important piece for work for the Authority. We are keen to hear what people think makes the Forest special to them.

‘Everyone who lives, works or visits the Forest has a role to play in shaping its future, we want to make sure everyone has a say so we can work together to conserve and look after what are considered the Forest’s special qualities.’

Residents and visitors can get involved in the consultation by emailing their thoughts and opinions to specialqualities@newforestnpa.gov.uk, a questionnaire will be available soon to download from the National Park website www.newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Leaflets will also soon be available throughout the Forest at libraries, information centres and at South Efford House, the National Park Headquarters.

The feedback from the consultation will add to the existing work of National Park Members, New Forest Committee and other organisations to help shape the work of the New Forest National Park Authority over the coming years.

It will also contribute the National Park Management Plan to help monitor the condition of the Park.

The ‘special qualities’ consultation will close on 28 March 2007.

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Notes to editors:
For more information on the consultation contact Steve Trotter, Director of Conservation on 01590 646671 or email him at stephen.trotter@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

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

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