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Access Forum seeks new members

Access Forum seeks new members


New members are being sought for the New Forest Access Forum, which gives advice on access for outdoor recreation in and around the New Forest.

Applications are particularly welcome from anyone who is able to represent the interests of farmers and landowners, equestrians (horse riders/carriage drivers) and people with disabilities, with a deadline of 29 June.

The Access Forum is an independent advisory body made up of volunteers with experience of issues affecting public access to the countryside and coast. With a balance of representation between access users and land managers, the Forum assesses the needs of the wide range of groups that use and manage the Forest, before advising local and national organisations on access issues and improvements.

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.

Nigel Matthews, Head of Recreation Management and Learning at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The work of the Access Forum is essential to the New Forest. Organisations such as the New Forest 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.

‘Countryside access is an important part of the visitor experiences that underpin sustainable recreation within the National Park. The Forum is currently involved in important discussions around recreation management, the England Coast Path, mitigation of the effects on the Forest of widespread development in the region, and the ongoing task of improving awareness and understanding of the things which make the Forest a special place. I would urge anyone with an interest in countryside access in the New Forest to consider applying to join the Forum.’

Apply for the role using the application form. Closing date: Friday 29 June 2018.

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

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