About the Green Halo Partnership
Our vision is to be a global exemplar of how our most precious landscapes can work in harmony with a thriving, economically successful community.
We bring together businesses, universities, charities and communities to ensure our world class environment in and around the New Forest National Park flourishes as an integral part of our wider area’s thriving economy and society.
The New Forest is one of Europe’s best sanctuaries for nature, situated in the busy south east of England and surrounded by Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Salisbury. Beyond the national park’s boundaries, from Cranborne Chase to Purbeck, the South Downs to the Solent, much of this part of southern England is internationally valued because of the quality of the natural environment.
Our Partnership wants to ensure that the natural environment is seen as an integral part of how we work and live.
Our ambition is not constrained by administrative boundaries, opportunities can come from all areas and all sectors in and around the National Park – hence the Green Halo.
By recognising the contribution our natural environment makes to the local economy and society, our Partnership wants to ensure that both the Park and its surroundings work to protect and improve that environment.
The Green Halo brings together organisations from across the public, private and third sectors to:
- Inspire by promoting best practice in protecting and enhancing natural capital and ecosystem services
- Encourage by developing and delivering new projects
- Support by helping to identify resources for projects and offering expert advice to assist in their delivery
- Inform by continuing to promote and publish research on natural capital, and by communicating its activities to local communities.
Why the Green ‘Halo’?
Because the benefits we get from our natural resources are not delineated by lines on maps.
The idea was born in the New Forest National Park, but the partnership wants to identify, value, protect and improve those services across a much wider geography, including land and habitats around the National Park.
The benefits of our natural systems reach well beyond our immediate geography. That is why our Partnership invites partners from Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Dorset and Wiltshire, but the ‘Halo’ can stretch as far as we want it to.