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Access Forum

Access Forum

The New Forest Access Forum is the statutory local access forum for the New Forest National Park and South West Hampshire (New Forest District Council area) as required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

The appointing authorities are the New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire County Council. The Forum is an independent body and is not bound by the policies of its appointing authorities.

The main role of the New Forest Access Forum is to advise the National Park Authority and other organisations on how to make the New Forest countryside and coast more accessible and enjoyable for open-air recreation by everybody. The Forum encourages and assists access provision, and gives strategic advice on issues of particular local relevance.

The Forum meets four times a year, with additional training events and workshops. Meetings are held four times a year and are open to the public.

If you would like some advice or have an issue you would like to raise, you can contact the relevant Forum member for your interest, or you can apply to make a representation at a meeting.

All requests to speak at a meeting must be made to the Access Forum Secretary at least two weeks in advance.

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