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New Chairman for New Forest Consultative Panel

New Chairman for New Forest Consultative Panel


Forestry expert Harry Oram has taken over as Chairman of the New Forest Consultative Panel.

The Panel is an advisory forum with representatives from over 80 organisations with an interest in the New Forest National Park and adjacent areas. It meets every three months to discuss topical issues and provide views to the National Park Authority and other statutory bodies.

Over the 30 years since the Panel was established it has raised awareness and influenced decisions on many key issues and threats. It is considered as the main overall consultative body for the National Park area.

Harry Oram was elected to replace Clive Chatters, who had served as Chairman since March 2014.

Harry joined the Forestry Commission aged 16 in 1965 and during a career of 46 years he had posts in the Scottish Borders, Cheshire, Snowdonia, Norfolk and from 1988 at the New Forest. He retired in 2012 as Chief Forester/Operations Manager involved with managing the timber Inclosures and the Open Forest.

Harry has served as a Parish Councillor for Brockenhurst since 2003 and a member of the New Forest National Park Authority since 2015. He lives on a small-holding in Brockenhurst with his wife Karolina and son Mieszko.

Since retiring Harry has provided educational/sightseeing tours of the Forest with New Forest Minibus Tours.

He said: ‘The Panel is a vital forum and sounding board which ensures excellent communications are maintained between the statutory bodies which manage the New Forest and the many interest groups and wider members of the public who value the Forest so highly.

‘I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the working of the Consultative Panel and protecting the commoning system and the other special qualities of the New Forest.’

On behalf of the Panel, New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes thanked outgoing Chairman Clive Chatters for his hard work and commitment. She said that some of the issues debated by the Panel during this time had been cycling and the cycle charter, wetland restoration and the installation of broadband.

Her appreciation was echoed by the new Chairman who wished Clive the very best in his future endeavours in the Forest.


Notes to editors

The Consultative Panel’s broad aims are to:

  • Help ensure the conservation of the special qualities of the National Park and its surrounding area
  • Promote the understanding and enjoyment of these qualities
  • Have regard to people’s diverse needs and uses.

Its member organisations include:

  • All parish, town, district and county councils with in the New Forest National Park
  • Amenity, environmental and conservation organisations
  • Sporting and recreational organisations
  • Business and land management interests
  • Statutory bodies with responsibilities in the National Park.

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect – Enjoy – Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park – Protect.
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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