Learn more about the debate about recreation management at New Forest drop-in sessions

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Published Wednesday 28 June 2017

New Forest organisations asking for people’s views on managing recreation are holding a series of drop-in sessions around the National Park so people can find out more.

Over 400 people completed the online survey in its first week, suggesting priorities for managing outdoor recreation across the whole of the New Forest and surrounding areas.

The Forestry Commission, Natural England, Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council and the Verderers have asked the National Park Authority to lead on the Future Forest consultation.

The aim is to:

  • provide the best recreational experience for local people and visitors
  • protect the very thing people come to see – the spectacular, yet fragile landscape which is a haven for many rare wildlife species
  • ensure limited resources are spent wisely.

The first stage of the process is to update the 2010 Recreation Management Strategy, with the ‘call for views’ consultation on priorities open until 13 August at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/FutureForest.

The drop-in sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday 4 July - Lyndhurst Community Centre (2pm-8pm)
  • Thursday 6 July - Applemore Health & Leisure Centre (2pm-8pm)
  • Monday 10 July - Lymington Health & Leisure Centre (2pm-8pm)
  • Wednesday 12 July - Fordingbridge Information Office (10am-4pm)
  • Monday 17 July - Sway Village Hall (2pm-8pm)
  • 25-27 July - New Forest Show, New Park, Brockenhurst (all day on the National Park stand).

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘We’re hoping as many people as possible who understand and love the New Forest will spend a few minutes giving us their opinions, and 400 responses in the first week is a great start.

‘We’re keen to hear from a wide range of local people and visitors, including people who don’t normally get involved in public consultations. The drop-in sessions, at leisure centres, village halls and the New Forest Show are the ideal opportunity to talk with staff from relevant organisations to help confirm your own view about how we can both enable appropriate recreation and protect the Forest for the future. The rangers are also out and about encouraging people to fill in the online survey.’

Click here to have your say online

Consultation timetable

  • 19 June to 13 August 2017: An initial ‘call for views’ to ask people about the overall rationale for managing recreation across the whole of the New Forest and surrounding areas, and to guide the development of revised and prioritised actions.
  • Autumn/winter 2017/18: The update to the Strategy is drafted to reflect the feedback.
  • 2018: Public consultation on the draft update.

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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.

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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