Tame your wild side when out and about in the New Forest

'Tame Your Wild Side'

Published Tuesday 29 March 2016

Visitors and residents of the New Forest are being encouraged to show consideration to everyone enjoying the National Park, through a new light-hearted film.

‘Tame Your Wild Side’ features a stag and doe that cause chaos in the Forest through their lack of respect for other people and the landscape of the National Park. The film then highlights how positive attitudes towards each other mean a safe and enjoyable day out for everyone.

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘The National Park is home to a wide range of recreational uses, such as walkers, cyclists, horse riders and motorists. We all have to share the Forest’s roads and paths, but history has shown that this can sometimes lead to conflict.

‘This amusing film is a fun way to get across a serious message - if everyone is to enjoy the New Forest National Park, we need to respect and understand each other’s different needs and we hope that the film will encourage people to think about this issue.’

The film has been created by the New Forest National Park Authority with input from the New Forest Access Forum, which represents key recreation groups of the National Park. The Forum is the statutory advisor to the National Park Authority and other organisations about how to make the New Forest countryside and coast more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Ruth Croker, Chairman of the New Forest Access Forum, said: ‘We hope this short film will encourage everyone to be more aware and reduce conflicts between users, improving the quality of the National Park for everyone.’

The Tame Your Wild Side film can be viewed on the National Park Authority website at: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/tameyourwildside

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Notes to Editor:

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.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646608

Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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