The New Forest boasts an impressive array of
"Please drive slow for the ponies"
The New Forest became a National Park in 2005 – it’s one of 15 National Parks in the UK and part of a worldwide movement.
The New Forest National Park is mostly in south-west Hampshire although a small part of it – around Redlynch and Landford – is in Wiltshire.
The purposes of designating an area as a National Park are set down in a 1949 Act of Parliament. They are to make sure that:
National Parks are not nationally owned. The land within them is mainly owned by private individuals, public bodies and voluntary organisations such as the National Trust. In the New Forest National Park the Forestry Commission manages nearly half of the area, including much of the best-known open land and forestry plantations, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Other significant landowners in the New Forest National Park include the National Trust, Hampshire County Council, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and private estates and landowners.
All the time, although people sometimes think that there are entrance gates and charges.
The National Park Authority is the body that makes key decisions about the delivery of National Park purposes. The decisions are made by 22 members, 12 of whom are elected to local authorities in the National Park, four elected by parish councils and appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and six appointed by the Secretary of State to represent national views. The Authority employs 70 staff.
The National Park Authority is the body with overall responsibility for ensuring that the National Park is safeguarded for people to enjoy now and in the future.It does this by:
There are many things including:
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