Help improve access in the New Forest

Dog walkers in the forest

Published Wednesday 20 September 2017

The New Forest Access Forum is looking for a new member to help give 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.

To fill an open vacancy on the Forum, applications are welcome from anyone who has experience working within the hospitality and tourism industry within the New Forest. Countryside access is an important part of the visitor experiences which underpin a sustainable tourism industry within 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. Other Forum members represent different recreational interests, land ownership, commoning and business.

Mark Holroyd, Transport, Access & Sustainable Tourism Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The work of the Access Forum is essential to the New Forest. Organisations such as the 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 a background in the tourism industry.

‘The Forum is currently heavily involved in important discussions around recreation management, the England Coast Path, and the ongoing task of improving awareness and understanding of the things which make the Forest a special place.’

Apply for the role at by 5 October 2017.

For more information contact Access Forum secretary Vicki Gibbon on 01590 646647 or

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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.

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Tel: 01590 646650

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