Disability group become models for the day

Published Tuesday 15 April 2008

The two organisations joined forces to highlight the importance of accessibility in the New Forest.

The New Forest Access for All Group became models for the day, thanks to the New Forest National Park Authority.

The two organisations joined forces to highlight the importance of accessibility in the New Forest. The photoshoot took place at Wilverley Plain which has wide paths and easy access gates wide enough for scooters, wheelchairs and parents with push-chairs.

Mary Lewis, Chairperson of the New Forest Access for All group, said: ‘We are pleased to be working with the New Forest National Park Authority and we had a really enjoyable day. Our main role as an access organisation in the New Forest is to assess accessibility for those people with disabilities and parents with push-chairs.

‘Everyone has the right to access the Forest and we want people with disabilities to know they can visit the Forest with their scooters, wheelchairs or walking sticks and be able to open gates and use the paths and facilities provided.  These pictures will help to show that.’

Martin O’Neill, Director of Information and Visitor Services at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We are very grateful to group for helping us with this photoshoot which means we can show in our publications that the National Park is a place to be enjoyed by all.’

The pictures will be used in New Forest National Park Authority literature and on its website.

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Notes to Photo Editor:
Photo of the New Forest Access for All group at Wilverley Plain

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

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