Grants for sustainable transport in the New Forest National Park

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Published Tuesday 5 February 2013

Businesses or projects which aim to tempt people out of their cars could be in line for a grant of up to £15,000 from the New Forest National Park Authority.

The Sustainable Transport Solutions Fund has been launched to support initiatives which encourage users of the National Park to make the switch to sustainable transport choices.

The National Park Authority says going car-free makes sense for visitors, residents and the Forest itself.

Grants can help with a range of sustainable transport projects that:

  • Improve cycle facilities at transport hubs and attractions
  • Provide guided walking and cycling experiences
  • Encourage more cycling and walking for local journeys
  • Provide electric vehicle (car/cycle) charging points and hire initiatives.  

Other projects that meet the criteria of the Fund will be considered.

Andy Brennan, Sustainable Development Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The New Forest National Park is a unique landscape and by making small changes we can help protect it for future generations.

‘This grant is part of a £3.8million Local Sustainable Transport Fund initiative for the South Downs and New Forest national parks. It will bring in a range of measures to encourage people to explore the national parks in environmentally-friendly ways.’

If you are interested in applying to the fund, check out the National Park Authority website (www.newforestnpa.gov.uk) for more details. For further information email STSF@newforestnpa.gov.uk or call 01590 646676.

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Notes to Editors:

Protect - Enjoy – Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.
Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

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

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