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Partnership Plan 2021-2026

Your Future New Forest – Draft Partnership Plan

Work has begun to progress the next version of the Partnership Plan. The New Forest National Park Authority, on behalf of the partners, has produced a draft of the Plan (below). The public were invited to have their say during the consultation period, which ended on 3 September 2021.

Like the Partnership Plan 2015-2020, the draft Partnership Plan 2021-2026 and the consultation have been prepared by the key organisations who will share responsibility for delivering the aims and objectives of the new Plan.

The draft represents an important step in the development of the next National Park Partnership Plan. It is an invitation to all with an interest in the future of the New Forest National Park to help shape how we work together for this unique and special landscape and to support the communities that sustain it in the coming years.

Our collective experience of the pandemic has made us realise just how much we rely on the natural environment for our health and wellbeing. Like all national parks, the New Forest National Park has provided a vital space for respite and recovery. In turn, this has increased focus on the importance of the natural world and ensuring that the landscape and the nature it supports is sustained for future generations. Many agree that now is the time to redouble our efforts to tackle the huge twin challenges of our age – the decline of nature and the fundamentally connected threat of the climate crisis.

A green recovery

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Nationally we have seen a focus on how we rebuild after coronavirus; how we recover the economy, society as a whole and crucially, the environment – a ‘green recovery’. It is not only the UK which has undergone this realisation; globally there is a clear desire to see change.

In the draft consultation document, we set out a refreshed vision for the Forest’s future in this context of crisis and recovery. This renews our collective commitments to deliver the purposes for which the New Forest National Park was designated – to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage, and to promote understanding and enjoyment of the Forest’s special qualities. And in so doing to foster the social and economic wellbeing of our communities.

The new Partnership Plan is a call to action for individuals, communities, businesses, public bodies, voluntary sector and other organisations to work together to deliver the agreed vision to secure the future of this special place.

The draft Plan was produced jointly by all the main organisations with interests and responsibilities in the National Park, including:

  • Environment Agency
  • Forestry England & Forestry Commission
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Natural England
  • New Forest District Council
  • New Forest National Park Authority
  • Test Valley Borough Council
  • Verderers of the New Forest
  • Wiltshire Council.

Please read the draft Plan.

Next steps

Thank you to everyone who gave their views. The Authority approved the final draft of the Partnership Plan at its meeting on 24 March 2022 and an action plan. Other partners are currently in the process of considering it with their Boards.


Chair of the National Park Authority


'The Partnership Plan sets out our priorities and how we will work with others to deliver it.'

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