New member elected to New Forest National Park Authority

Published Friday 20 September 2013

The chairman of Ashurst and Colbury Parish Council has been elected as a new member of the New Forest National Park Authority.

Lifelong New Forest resident Sally Arnold was chosen to replace Bob Morris as the parish representative for the north east quadrant of the Forest.

There are four parish representatives on the Authority, each representing a quadrant of the National Park. Following the election by the local parish association of parish councils in the north east quadrant Councillor Arnold was formally elected.

Cllr Arnold was elected to Ashurst and Colbury Parish Council in 1998 and has been its chairman for the past 12 years.

Before she retired she was a banqueting and conference coordinator and more recently has explored the history of the parish and had that work put on display.

Cllr Arnold said: ‘I have lived in and around the New Forest all my life so I have a keen and active interest in its conservation and preservation.

‘I believe the New Forest National Park Authority needs a positive interaction with local councils within the National Park for which two-way involvement is essential.’

National Park Authority chairman Julian Johnson said: ‘Sally brings an enormous level of personal experience of living and working in the New Forest and she will be a great asset as a parish member on the Authority, representing the north east parishes of the National Park.’

Of the 22 members of the Authority, 12 are appointed by the county, unitary, district and borough councils within the National Park, six are appointed by the Secretary of State and four members are selected by local parish councils.


About the New Forest National Park Authority

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.

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Media Contacts:

Sion Donovan, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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