New Forest Access Forum searches for new member

Children at Whitefield Moor

Published Friday 20 January 2017

A new member is being sought for the New Forest Access Forum, which gives advice on improving access for walking, horse riding, cycling and other outside recreation in and around the New Forest.

The Access Forum is an independent advisory body made up of volunteers with experience of issues affecting public access to the countryside and coast.

It assesses the needs of a wide range of groups that use the Forest, before advising local and national organisations on access issues.

Applications are welcome from anyone who has knowledge or experience of issues faced by young people, education, and outdoor learning providers when enjoying the National Park.

The Forum meets four times a year and travel expenses to and from meetings are provided. Members of the Forum are formally appointed for a term of three years by the New Forest National Park Authority.

Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management and Learning at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The work of the Access Forum is essential to the New Forest. Organisations such as the New Forest National Park Authority, Forestry Commission, Hampshire County Council and Wiltshire Council value the advice of the Forum as they know it will take into account a wide variety of viewpoints.

‘I would urge anyone with an interest in the improvement of countryside access in the New Forest to consider applying to join the Forum.

‘We are especially interested in hearing from applicants with experience working with young people in the outdoors.’

You can apply for the role at www.newforestaccessforum.org.uk.
The closing date is 17 February 2017.

For more information contact Access Forum secretary Vicki Gibbon on 01590 646647 or access.forum@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

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The New Forest Access Forum is searching for a new member with experience of working with young people in the outdoors.

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About the New Forest Access Forum

The New Forest Access Forum is an independent advisory body, operating on a statutory basis. Membership of the New Forest Access Forum is voluntary.

The main function is to advise the New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire County Council, as to the improvement of public access to land in the area for the purposes of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the area. 

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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