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Monday, 27 December 2010

Hedge fund help for landowners

Hedgelaying
Wildlife will cash-in on new improvements in Brockenhurst thanks to a different kind of ‘hedge fund’ to benefit the New Forest landscape.

Launched in February, the New Forest Land Advice Service aims to support land managers for the benefit of the environment and already has 140 cases on its books.

Funded by the New Forest National Park Authority, Natural England and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, the independent service has been helping with everything from paperwork, managing hedgerows, and eradicating non-native plants, to training young commoners in managing back-up grazing land.

The Service’s small grants scheme - which has a total fund available of £20,000 for capital works – gave £2,000 towards a hedge-laying project in South Weirs, Brockenhurst.

Landowner and commoner Tina Campbell noticed the hedgerow was no longer thriving and applied for money towards rejuvenating the 185 metre-long stretch, using hazel stakes and binders to stabilise it.

Land Advice Service Manager Julie Stubbs said: ‘Hedges can become old, leggy and overgrown with one species so we encourage landowners to lay it down so it thickens up from the base.

‘This hedgerow acts as a wildlife corridor, connecting the open Forest with a field, woodland and stream, and it helps animals to travel between the habitats. Bats will use it to guide them and it is also beneficial for small mammals, birds, butterflies and insects.’

Julie and her team of Rhys Morgan and Mark Larter are experts in delivering this type of land management advice in the New Forest and Avon Valley.

The grants scheme funding comes from the New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.

To find out more about the Land Advice Service, call Julie on 01590 646696 or email Julie.stubbs@nflandadvice.org.uk

Friday, 24 December 2010

NFNPA - Consultation meetings a success

A series of four consultation meetings organised by the New Forest National Park Authority have been a success with approximately 200 people attending to find out more about the national review of the governance arrangements of National Parks.

The meetings were part of a wider consultation to engage people in how the governance of National Parks can be made more effective, and how National Park Authorities can strengthen links with their local communities.

The meetings were held at Brockenhurst, Lyndhurst, Landford and Hyde. At each meeting visitors were encouraged to pick up a copy of the Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) consultation document, listen to a formal presentation and speak to Authority members and staff.

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘I’m extremely pleased with the turn-out at these meetings. Despite the difficult weather conditions people were keen to come along and learn more.

‘This consultation affects everyone who lives in a National Park. We wanted to engage with as many people as possible who have an interest in the New Forest National Park to enable them to have their say.’

If you were unable to attend any of the meetings you can still have your say. Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/governancereview to view the consultation document. The consultation is running until the 1 February 2011.

The Government will announce if any changes are to be made to National Park governance by the end of March 2011.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Photography Exhibition at New Forest Centre

Winner Jason Chalk Donkies in Linwood New Forest
Brighten up your January by taking a trip to the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst to visit the free ‘Dream View’ photography exhibition - celebrating what people enjoy most about the New Forest.

The exhibition is part of a competition run by the New Forest National Park Authority and Forestry Commission during 2010.

Martin O’Neill, Director of Information and Visitor Services, said: ‘The standard of this year’s competition was exceptionally high. We had a large volume of entries and people have been really creative with their choice of images.

‘By exhibiting the winners and runners-up we hope to inspire more people to explore the New Forest and to take in its “special qualities”. Taking pictures enables you to stop and take in your surroundings. You might have visited a place many times before but stopping to take a picture might show you something new and interesting.

This year’s winners are:
1st prize Jason Chalk - 2nd prize Colin Roberts - 3rd prize Peter Power

Under 16s winner:
Chloe Hinton

Second Prize Colin Roberts Land of mist Beaulieu Heath
This year’s winners won Jessops photography vouchers.

For the first time the New Forest National Park Authority will be selling exclusive canvases of the New Forest that are normally only available on their online shop Forest Store.

The exhibition starts on the 8 January and finishes on the 6 February 2011.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

New Forest – The one-stop shop for Christmas

Do you ever wish that you could get everything you need for a traditional Christmas here in the New Forest?

Now you can make Christmas a truly New Forest experience by using only local food, buying Forest-inspired presents, decorating your tree using only natural decorations and walking off dinner with a Boxing Day walk.

Top tips for a New Forest Christmas:

Under £10 wowphotomug

Looking for a present no one else will have? Visit the   Forest Store at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst for unique and inspired New Forest National Park gifts. There is exclusive outdoor gear and a range of gifts including a pony safety-promoting ice-scraper and a photo mug with a picture that magically appears when you pour hot water in it.

For local produce visit the New Forest Marque website www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/new-forest-produce, an award scheme managed by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council. All the food and craft is guaranteed to be local. It is the perfect place to find out where to buy your goose and Brussels sprouts!

Buy your Christmas tree from the Forestry Commission at New Park, Brockenhurst. Trees are on sale from 10am-4pm until the 19 December.

Get some fresh air and walk off your Christmas excesses in the New Forest. There are a range of walks to suit every ability. For more details visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walking

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

If you go down to the woods today…

Den building at Copythorne Common
If you go down to the woods today… you’re sure to find children enjoying the New Forest in ways not seen before.

The New Forest National Park Authority introduced the Forest Schools initiative to the National Park to encourage children to discover more about the natural world on their doorstep. The scheme, based on a Scandinavian concept, is designed to improve children’s self esteem, bolster language skills, encourage team working and increase independence.

The National Park Education Team organised introductory Forest School training events for teachers and outdoor education officers within the National Park, including staff from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, who have gone on to become qualified leaders in the scheme.

Children aged six and seven from the Infant Schools at Copythorne, St Michael’s in Lyndhurst, and Netley Marsh recently enjoyed a Forest Schools course run by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s staff at its Copythorne Common Nature Reserve, opposite Copythorne Infants School.

They built shelters, made bridges, crafted decorations from materials they found in the Forest and cooked toast on an open fire with tools they had made.

National Park Education Officer Amanda Elmes said: ‘A lot of research has shown that children don’t get as many opportunities these days to explore the natural world. These children are the future guardians of the New Forest and by enjoying and understanding what makes the National Park so special, we hope they are more likely to care for it as adults.

‘Another spin-off is that we know children bring their experience home and ask their parents to take them outdoors at the weekend or in the school holidays. Parents’ interest and attitude towards the outdoors also changes as they see the impacts on their children.’

Research has shown that learning new skills in an outdoor setting has been particularly successful in motivating children who have challenging behaviour in the classroom.

Jill Gower, Deputy Headteacher at Copythorne Infant School, said: ‘Generally children are always being told to be quiet but here they can run and shout and kick leaves and it doesn’t matter. There are strict rules about safety and it is all carefully guided by adults but the children are encouraged to take
responsibility and set the boundaries, which are good life skills.

‘During the Forest Schools programme, some children who can be quite challenging in the classroom became completely engaged in building dens and their behaviour was totally different – they were very involved and it was giving them success in something perhaps they would not normally find success in, which was a real boost to their self-esteem. The children suddenly seemed to blossom more outside.’

Sam Dawson, Education Officer at the Wildlife Trust, said over 90 children from the three schools had taken part in the programme.

Wildlife Trust education officer Jim Day and
National Park education officer Amanda Elmes

She said: ‘We worked with the children over six weeks and they get very comfortable in the environment and it often helps to open up the emotional and social skills that you are trying to draw out in the classroom. The children are given the scope to explore and assess their own risks.’

If you would like to learn more about the Forest Schools initiative in the New Forest National Park, contact the Education team on 01590 646680 or email education@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Deer Species of the New Forest and British Isles

One of the commonest mammals that you will see in the New Forest is deer.

5 of the 6 species found in the British Isles live in the Forest but how can you tell them apart?

This article will help you identify the animals you have seen or will see when you visit and give you additional interesting information. Read full photo illustrated article at: http://www.squidoo.com/britishdeerspecies

Guest Post by Jenny Fletcher

Thursday, 9 December 2010

National Park members adopt Core Strategy

The New Forest National Park Authority’s members adopted the first set of dedicated planning policies for the New Forest National Park at today’s Authority meeting (Thursday 9 December).

An independent Government Planning Inspector endorsed the planning policies for the New Forest National Park in October, declaring that ‘…the Authority’s ‘Core Strategy’ provides an appropriate and sound basis for planning within the National Park.’

Member adoption of the Core Strategy follows an extensive and lengthy consultation process with a very wide range of public and private sector organisations and individuals. Around 10,000 people have been involved in the consultation over the last two years.

Hundreds of existing planning policies have now been simplified from the five plans that covered the New Forest into a succinct set of 42. The Core Strategy document will be used to guide decisions on planning applications within the whole of the National Park up to 2026.

Before members could adopt the Strategy it had to undergo an examination in public by an independent planning inspector in September, at which he invited a wide range of organisations and individuals to give evidence.  He also took into account the 10,000 comments received during the draft plan consultation. A report on his findings was produced and he judged that the Strategy met all its legal requirements and was judged to be ‘sound’ in that it was justified and consistent with national policy.

The Inspector supported the modest level of housing development proposed within the National Park, highlighting its role in maintaining the vitality of local communities and in sustaining local services. The Authority’s proposals to increase the proportion of local affordable housing sought on development sites within the main villages were also endorsed.

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Now that the Core Strategy is formally adopted it should significantly simplify the planning policy framework for the National Park. After an extensive consultation process, we believe the Core Strategy strikes the right balance in seeking to enhance and protect the New Forest environment, whilst sustaining the social and economic well-being of the national park communities.'

Pat Wyeth, Chairman of the Planning Development Control Committee added: ‘I am pleased the Core Strategy is now adopted. It will make it much more straight forward now that the National Park has ownership of its own policies.’

All planning applications decided after 9 December 2010 will be made in accordance with the new Core Strategy policies.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

New on-line search facility for people looking for
Care in the South

Rob and Lynn Osborne
People looking for care providers throughout Southampton, Winchester and the New Forest can take advantage of a free service that has been launched in Hampshire.

Choosemycare.com provides a free search facility for people looking for care to help them find the right provider in their area offering the right services – whether it is for the elderly, young, disabled or those with other difficulties.

The service is also providing the information that is increasingly being required of local authorities across the country, but which many councils are struggling to provide.

Lyndhurst-born social care expert Rob Osborne launched Choosemycare.com with his wife Lynn after recognising there was a need for people who are looking for care, often at a time of great stress, to find the information they needed quickly and efficiently.

There are already hundreds of care providers from Southampton, Winchester, the New Forest and right across Hampshire enrolled on the service and there are ambitious plans to broaden it regionally and nationally.

“It is clear that people needed a way to cut through the red tape and the difficulties of getting to the right care provider for their needs,” said Rob, a Department of Health social care consultant who has worked with local authorities on their care provision.

“Choosemycare.com makes it easy for people to find the right care provider in their area, and as we develop the site there will be even easier ways for people to get the service they need at what is usually a time of great stress or upset.

“Local authorities are coming under increasing pressure to provide greater choice and information about what care is available, and we are taking that pressure off them and providing all the local information they need to fulfill their obligations and inform the people in their area.”

Choosemycare.com conducted a survey ahead of their launch that showed that almost half the people who start out looking for care services in the south don’t know where to begin to find the support they or their family need.

Almost nine out of every 10 people would start on the internet first, and 75 per cent of care and support service providers said they would welcome a national web-based brokerage service to put them in touch with those people looking for care services.

Lynn Osborne added: “We have already got several hundred members for Choosemycare.com in Hampshire alone and we intend to make this a nationwide service as we develop.

“Choosemycare.com is the one-stop shop for anyone who needs to find a care and support service but doesn’t know where to start. It is only Hampshire based at the moment but we are adding new members all the time.”

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

New Forest Things To Do - December - Xmas

December 10th-31st
Santa's Circus presentation of "A Christmas Wish" at Wide Lane Playing Fields, Eastleigh. Telephone 07948 572057 for details.
December 10th
Late Night Christmas Event in Romsey. Tel: 01264 368307 for details.
December 11th
Romsey National Childbirth Trust Christmas Fair at Crosfield Hall, Romsey. 10am.
December 11th/12th
Beaulieu River Special Christmas Paddle! 10am and 1pm each day. In Open Canadian Canoes customers will be guided up the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve, stopping in Beaulieu and meeting Father Christmas in the Montague Arms. This includes a mince pie, juice and mulled wine, and children under 15 will receive a present from Father Christmas. Tel: 01590 612377 for details.
December 11th
Royal British Legion Romsey, Women's Section Table Top Sale at Love Lane. 10am. Tel: 01794 501158 for details.
December 11th/12th
Exbury Santa Specials. Tel: 023 8089 9940 for details.
December 11th
Port Solent Christmas Festival. Tel: 023 9221 0606 for details.
December 11th
Santa Specials at Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway.
December 11th
"The Wonder Of Christmas" with Romsey Choral Society at Romsey United Reform Church. 7.30pm.
December 11th
Andover Choral Society's Christmas Concert at St Mary's Church, Andover. 7.30pm. Tel: 01264 352729 for details.
December 11th
The Waynflete Singers presentation of "Messiah" at Winchester Cathedral. 7.30pm. Tel: 01962 857275 for details.
December 12th
Hampshire Farmers' Market at Winchester. 9am. Tel: 01420 588671 for details.
December 12th
Carol Service at Wellow Village Hall. 2.30pm.
December 15th
Salisbury Farmers' Market. Tel: 01722 334956 for details.
December 15th
Christmas Street Party at Bedford Place, Southampton. Tel: 023 8076 8089 for details.
December 17th
A Traditional Victorian Christmas at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard. 7pm. Tel: 023 9277 8604 for details.
December 17th
"A Feast Of Christmas Music" with the Romsey Singers and The Salisbury Brass Ensemble at Romsey Abbey. 7.30pm. Tel: 01794 512502/513959 for details.
December 18th-21st
Exbury Santa Steam Specials. Tel: 023 8089 9940 for details.
December 18th/19th
Santa Specials at Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway.
December 18th/19th
NOMADS Christmas Cocktail at Woodley Village Hall. 7.30pm each evening.
December 18th
Southampton Choral Society presentation of "Messiah" at St Mary's Church, Southampton. 7.30pm. Tel: 023 8033 2467/023 8063 0008 for details.
December 19th
Art and Design Market in Winchester. Tel: 07515 797878 for details.
December 19th
Hampshire Farmers' Market at Andover. 10am. Tel: 01420 588671 for details.
December 21st
Santa Specials at Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway.
December 23rd
Christmas Craft Day for Families at Eastleigh Museum. 10am. Tel: 0845 603 5635 for details.

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Thursday, 2 December 2010

Brockenhurst residents discuss National Park governance

Around 60 people attended a public session yesterday (30 November) to give their views on how National Parks should be governed.

The New Forest National Park Authority invited people to attend Brockenhurst Village Hall in the afternoon and evening to take part in a national review organised by Defra.

The consultation asks people how the governance of National Parks can be made more effective, and how National Park Authorities can strengthen links with their local communities.

National Park Authority officers and members also gave a presentation and answered questions.

Three similar events will be held in other locations throughout the Forest, with a formal presentation and a question and answer session held at 3pm and repeated at 7pm :
  • 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 7 December, New Forest Centre, main car park, Lyndhurst
  • 2pm – 8pm, Thursday 9 December, Landford Village Hall, Lyndhurst Road, Landford
  • 2pm – 8pm, Wednesday 15 December, Hyde Memorial Hall, Blissford Hill, Hyde.

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We were pleased with the turn-out at Brockenhurst, despite the weather conditions, and also with the range of questions people asked. We are looking forward to discussing these important issues with other communities across the Forest in the coming weeks and hope as many people as possible will come along.'

The national consultation runs until 1 February 2011 and following the consultation, Government Ministers will consider if any changes in governance are required nationally, or whether changes should be made at the local level.

People can also give their views online by visiting http://www.defra.gov.uk/ and searching for ‘national park governance’.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Double H Nurseries scoop Green Business Award
and named Business of the Year

Green Leaf Award 2010 Ralf Montagu,
Paul Mincham, Charlotte Lowcock, Alison Barnes
An award which celebrates businesses ‘green’ credentials has been won by Double H Nurseries at the New Forest ‘Brilliance in Business Awards’ last night.

The ‘Green Leaf Sustainable Business Award’, sponsored by the New Forest National Park Authority, is given to a local business that makes an outstanding effort to reduce their environmental footprint. Double H Nurseries was also the success story of the evening, winning the New Forest Business Partnership ‘Business of the Year’.

The award was presented by Alison Barnes, Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority, she said: ‘We are proud to sponsor this award and delighted to be supporting local businesses to stand out through their green credentials.

‘Even though it was a tough competition Double H Nursery are worthy winners. They have worked hard to make their business sustainable and introduced a number of initiatives to improve their business environmentally, economically and socially.

‘Being named business of the year is a fantastic achievement for the company and underlines the Forest as “the place to be” to do green business.’

Neil Stevenson, Managing Director at Double H Nurseries added, ‘I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of all 108 people in our team has been recognised by this award. We have set ourselves ambitious goals for the future and this will give us added encouragement to meet the challenges ahead.’

The company recently underwent an environmental audit and have started harvesting rain water, recycling paper, plastic and card and installed light sensors. More technical environmental savings include software to ensure lorries arrive and leave full and using low emission vehicles.

Runners up in the ‘Green Leaf Sustainable Business Award’ were Careys Manor Hotel and SenSpa and Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre and Campsite.

For more information about the New Forest National Park Authority visit http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/ and for further information about the Brilliance in Business Awards go to http://www.nfbp.org.uk/

Friday, 26 November 2010

One Step Ahead - Lymington Boutique is Best New Business

Sarah Fitzgerald, owner of
In These Shoes
In These Shoes, a shoe and handbag boutique in Lymington, has been honoured as the region’s ‘Best New Business’.  The award was given at a ceremony last night by the New Forest Business Partnership.  Owner Sarah Fitzgerald was recognised for style, innovation and community inclusiveness.  In These Shoes was nominated for the award in large numbers of its customer base and judges felt Sarah’s presentation was exceptional and customer service concepts, unique and engaging.

There are currently around 680,000 majority women-owned businesses in the UK generating £45 billion to the UK economy.* Terms such as ‘mumpreneur’ are indicative of the way the business landscape is changing.   Outside of big business, kitchen-table enterprises are thriving.

Yet, against a backdrop of global recession; with familiar high street brands falling to the wayside; setting up a new retail business, might have been a daunting prospect.  In 2009, Sarah Fitzgerald, owner of ‘In These Shoes’ in Lymington, faced the fear and did it anyway.

Fitzgerald says “it was scary but we have been open for just over a year now and I love it.  We have all seen the high street change but I really wanted a showcase for our shoes, handbags and accessories and it’s something I’m really proud of.”

Sarah took the business from selling 50 pairs of her own shoes from under her stairs to family and friends, to running ‘shoe parties’ from home, to setting up the shop and guiding others to run home and shop-based shoe parties.  Sarah also now offers the shoe party plan business as a franchise opportunity for women across the UK.

In These Shoes was crowned ‘Best Loved Business in the New Forest’ by the ‘Best of’ group, earlier this year.  Sarah too was recently recognised, in the final three of the national Everywoman Specsavers award for ‘Best Female Entrepreneur’.

In These Shoes has played an increasingly important role in the community, sponsoring local charity initiatives and working with other businesses in the area to cross-promote to customers.  Nearly Well over 3000 customers have joined the mailing list, which updates shoppers with the latest news and events and offers discounted treatments on reflexology at local beauty salons.

Fitzgerald continues; “we have a wish list so that husbands and boyfriends know exactly what to buy for birthdays and Christmas and we like to say thank you to all of our customers with monthly prize draws.

Most of all, I want the shop to be engaging – we have comfy sofas and we spend time with our customers to make sure that they get the right gift.  It’s an unashamedly girly experience and it’s fun!  As a job, it’s a whirlwind but it’s also a dream come true.  I spend a lot of time at shows scouting out new season shoes and handbags so that we have something perfect and on-trend for everyone.  Looking to the future, the focus is very much on customer service but we are laying the foundations for the franchise business and like I always say, who knows what else?  In these shoes, anything could happen!”

For more information on the shop, the franchise opportunity or to find out how to run a shoe party, visit the website at http://www.intheseshoes.co.uk/

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Date for the diary -
National Park governance workshop

The New Forest National Park Authority has organised a series of four workshops to help inform people about a national review into how the governance of National Parks can be made more effective, and how National Park Authorities can strengthen links with their local communities.

The first event will be held on Tuesday 30 November from 2pm - 8pm at Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst.

Local people will have the opportunity to discuss the consultation with National Park Authority officers and members and have any questions answered.

A formal presentation and a question and answer session will also be held at 3pm and repeated at 7pm.

The Authority, which is leading the consultation locally on behalf of the Government, has also arranged the following events across the New Forest:
  • 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 7 December, New Forest Centre, main car park, Lyndhurst;
  • 2pm – 8pm, Thursday 9 December, Landford Village Hall, Lyndhurst Road, Landford; and
  • 2pm – 8pm, Wednesday 15 December, Hyde Memorial Hall, Blissford Hill, Hyde

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This is an extremely important consultation that affects everyone who lives in a National Park. We want to engage with as many people who have an interest in the New Forest National Park as possible to enable them to have their say. We would encourage people to attend the events and speak to one of our officers or members.’
 
The national consultation runs until 1 February 2011 and following the consultation, Government Ministers will consider if any changes are required nationally, or whether changes can be made at the local level. For more information on the governance review, including the Defra consultation document, please visit http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/  or www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/nationalpark-governance/index.htm

Monday, 22 November 2010

Float The Boat - Launch Success

Paul & Sally Mackness
from float the boat
To continue the launch success of float the boat, the South Coast brand marketing and design studio has announced two new client wins.  These are international image consultants ‘House of Colour’ and ‘SenSpa’ – the renowned Thai Spa at New Forest hotel, Careys Manor.

Sally Mackness, Marketing Director of float the boat said “We are delighted to work with these businesses; creatively developing each brand through a range of print and web-based materials.  ‘House of Colour’ has huge potential to extend its national and international presence and a brand re-fresh is key.  SenSpa will be launching its ‘Corporate Health’ offering to businesses, ready for the new year.”

Paul and Sally Mackness launched float the boat in May of this year.  Both have an impressive background in international brand marketing, advertising and design.  Between them they have held a number of high profile roles in businesses such as Vodafone, WPP Group, Saatchi & Saatchi & Y&R, in addition to creating many campaigns for brands such as Orange, BT, Sony, Sunseeker, Unilever, Bacardi & Nokia.  Paul adds, “Clients believe our point of difference lies in the value we offer against our expertise, knowledge and effective creative.”

Sally concludes, “We manage a tightly-run studio and our client list grows month on month.  We eagerly anticipate continued business growth in 2011.”

For further information or to discuss any ideas, contact Sally at float the boat on 01425 281002 or sally@floattheboat.co.uk

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Tuck in to a Tudor Christmas Treat
Tudor Banquets at the Mary Rose Museum

Planning an office Christmas party or looking for something ‘different for dinner’ this December?  The Mary Rose museum at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, is open for rousing revelry!

The World-famous museum is ideal for a drinks reception or festive feast.  Diners will be seated in the heart of the museum, surrounded by artefacts and precious finds.  Parties can choose a Tudor Banquet, complete with authentic dishes, drinks and Tudor wenches!  The experience can be set to Tudor tunes or there is room for a band.

Prior to the banquet, groups can visit the museum theatre to learn about the history, discovery and the raising of the Mary Rose.  There’s also AV equipment for end of year presentations or office awards!  Guests are invited to wander round the museum to see the treasures from the Mary Rose, with guidance from costumed interpreters.

Following the banquet, guests can take part in a Tudor gun drill with a replica breech loading gun, as a team building activity.

Tudor Banquets can accommodate up to 54 guests, formal dinners can accommodate up to 100 guests and drinks receptions are managed for up to 200 guests.

For sample menus and costs, please contact Sue Judge on 023 9281 2931 or email s.judge@maryrose.org.  Visit http://www.maryrose.org/ for information on the venue and inspiration for corporate entertainment.


Recommended Reading: The Warship "Mary Rose": The Life and Times of King Henry's VIII's Flagship

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Top award for New Forest Centre

The New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst has proven itself to be one of the top visitor attractions in the region according to ‘the Beautiful South’ awards 2010.

The Centre was ‘highly commended’ in the ‘small visitor attraction of the year’ category aimed at smaller attractions which offer visitors a high quality experience and a series of activities as part of their visit.

Ednyfed Hudson Davies, Chairman of the Ninth Centenary Trust which owns and runs the New Forest Centre, is delighted with the award. He said: ‘The award is a great achievement for everyone who works at the Centre – their constant hard-work and dedication has paid off.’

Martin O’Neill, Director of Information and Visitor Services at the New Forest National Park Authority, added: ‘The New Forest Centre is also the National Park Visitor Centre and this award shows that it really is the perfect starting place for anyone who wants to learn more about the New Forest.’

The Centre is made up of an exhibition area supporting local artists and organisations, a gift shop and Visitor Information Centre, a New Forest reference library and the New Forest Museum which is packed full of displays, activities and a family fun tree.

For more information about the New Forest Centre and their latest events visit http://www.newforestcentre.org.uk/

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Funding help for New Forest community groups

The New Forest National Park Authority is inviting community groups to learn more about funding for environmental and community projects.

The Landfill Communities Fund provides grants to support wildlife projects or improvements to community facilities and the National Park is holding workshops to help groups match their projects to funding opportunities and put together successful applications.

A UK-wide fund, the Landfill Communities Fund aims to offset some of the negative impacts of landfill sites by allowing landfill operators to pay a proportion of their landfill tax liability to not-for-profit organisations that deliver benefits to the general public, wildlife or the environment. The funds are provided through a wide range of organisations such as BIFFA, SITA, Veolia, Wren, Cemex, Viridor, Cleansing Services Group and many others.

The one-day workshops will be held on 29 and 30 November at (Lyndhurst Community Centre and the National Park Headquarters at Everton respectively), with a few places still available on the 30 November course (from 10am – 4pm).

The day will include:
  • Details on the Landfill Communities Fund
  • What can be funded
  • Who can apply
  • The Major LCF grant-makers – who funds what
  • Best practice tips for funding applications
  • What costs are eligible / which ineligible
  • How grant applications will be assessed.

For more details contact the National Park’s External Funding Officer Kathryn Boler on 01590 646690, email Kathryn.boler@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Review into National Park governance arrangements

A review has been launched today (Tuesday 9 November) by the Government to look at how National Parks are governed.

The 12-week national consultation will be facilitated at a local level by the New Forest National Park Authority, who will be encouraging local residents, groups and organisations to take part.

The review will look at ways in which the governance of National Park Authorities can be made more effective.

The Authority, who is leading the consultation locally on behalf of the Government, has arranged the following events across the New Forest for people to learn more about the review and pick up a copy of the Government’s consultation document:

  • 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 30 November, Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Road, Brockenhurst;
  • 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 7 December, New Forest Centre, main car park, Lyndhurst;
  • 2pm – 8pm, Thursday 9 December, Landford Village Hall, Lyndhurst Road, Landford; and
  • 2pm – 8pm, Wednesday 15 December, Hyde Memorial Hall, Blissford Hill, Hyde

As well as making material available for people to read and discuss with Authority officers and members, a formal presentation and question and answer session will be held at 3pm and repeated at 7pm at each venue on these dates.

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This is an extremely important consultation that affects everyone who lives in a National Park. We want to engage with as many people who have an interest in the New Forest National Park as possible to enable them to have their say. We would encourage people to attend the events and speak to one of our officers or members.’

The review includes whether any changes should be made to the membership of National Park Authorities, which was originally established in the Environment Act 1995.

In line with this Act, the New Forest National Park Authority currently has 22 members, consisting of 12 members appointed by the local authorities with land in the National Park (Hampshire County Council, Wiltshire Council, New Forest District Council and Test Valley Borough Council); four members appointed by the Town and Parish Councils within the National Park; and six appointed by the Government through an open recruitment process.

The national consultation runs until 1 February 2011 and following the consultation, Government Ministers will consider if any changes are required nationally, or whether changes can be made at the local level. For more information on the governance review, including the Defra consultation document, please visit http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/  or www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/nationalpark-governance/index.htm

Thursday, 4 November 2010

New Forest autumn colour rivals Canadian fall

Autumn in the New Forest National Park has brought with it one of the most spectacular displays of leaf colour in the last 80 years.

Autumn colour, New Forest National Park
Photograph by Martin O'Neill

Great areas of the New Forest are blazing with red, brown, yellow and orange hues thanks to its unique balance of ancient, ornamental and native trees.

New Forest National Park Authority member Roger Heape has just returned from Canada and has been amazed by the New Forest’s autumn colour. He says: ‘I have just spent three weeks in Canada ‘leaf peeping’ its word-famous autumn colour but I have to say I was left disappointed. The colours in the New Forest this year are unprecedented.’

Bryan Wilson, the New Forest National Park Authority’s Senior Tree Officer, said: ‘I always find the contrast between the dark evergreen conifers and the golden tints of broadleaf trees make a stunning sight. Some of the most glorious colours are produced by our native Beech, Oak, Field Maple, Rowan, Wild Cherry, Willow and Poplar.’

If you are thinking about exploring the New Forest this autumn start your visit at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst. There you can learn about the Forest’s unique history and see first-hand its ‘family fun tree’, to discover what creepy crawlies live in the New Forest and learn what animals are owned by commoners. For more information about opening times and exhibitions at the Centre visit http://www.newforestcentre.org.uk/

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Drive safely this winter

People who regularly drive across the New Forest are being urged to be extra careful this winter.

The New Forest National Park Authority and the Verderers want to remind people to be extra vigilant on their way home from work after the clocks go back this weekend.

Nigel Matthews, Head of Visitor and Recreation Services at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘It can often take a while for people to adjust to the darker evenings. In 2009 there were more animal accident deaths in October and November compared to any other time of year.

‘A lot of ponies wear reflective collars but many don’t, so drivers should look out for dark-coloured ponies which are often more difficult to see. It is important to drive at a sensible speed and to make sure you can stop if an animal steps onto the road at the last moment. Ponies have no road sense so it is up to the driver to be extra cautious.

‘It’s not just the animals that are at risk in an accident. If the driver is speeding the results could be catastrophic for their passengers too.’

Sue Westwood, Clerk to the Verderers added: ‘Now is a timely reminder that we all need to be extra careful when driving in the New Forest, especially at the moment. There is a large glut of acorns this year so there are more ponies on the verges than usual trying to eat them.

‘Animal accidents are not only difficult for the people involved but also for the Agisters whose job it is to find the animal, which may have been suffering for hours.

She continued: ‘Hit and runs are the most distressing of accidents – it’s vital that you report an accident straight away. Anyone who gives information leading to a prosecution can claim a reward of up to £1000.’

Driving tips:
  • Be ready to stop - ponies may step out even when they’ve seen you approaching
  • Drive slowly, especially at night and when other cars are approaching with their headlights on
  • Give animals grazing by the side of the road a wide berth
  • Remember that deer easily jump the fences alongside roads like the A337, A31 and A35 and when there is one deer more will usually follow
  • The faster you are going, the greater the damage will be to the animal, your car and your passengers - start your journey early so you don’t have to hurry.

If you witness an accident:
  • Call 999 in an emergency or 0845 045 4545 in a non-emergency to report any road traffic accident involving a pony, cow, donkey, sheep, dog or deer.
  • Call the Verderers’ Office on 023 8028 2052 (Monday-Friday 9am-5 pm) or the Forestry Commission on 023 8028 3141 (24 hours) to report sick commoning animals.
 
Be prepared:
  • Carry an animal accident hotline card, it tells you who to call and display an ‘I go slow for ponies’ car sticker. Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/animal_accident_help for more information on how to get a card and sticker.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Picture the New Forest by Macie Sherwood

Below are a selection of beautiful photographs depicting various New Forest scenes by Macie Sherwood who is a keen local photographer. You can contact Macie at macies24@aol.com

GRAZING
When we were out in the New Forest on a Sunday, we came across this lovely lake near Lymington. So we stopped to have a walk around. A great place to visit for a walk/picnic or to take photos of animals in a natural setting.

GRAZING
Another photo by Lymington Lake.

STRANDED
Again at the Lake, Lymington. This horse thought the grass would be better in the lake than around it!

FEET FIRST
I went to the New Forest to do a portrait photo shoot, but I wanted to take some that were different and shot the model entering the stream. This stream was near Beaulieu and it is a lovely place to go and take photos or go for a walk.



Friday, 22 October 2010

Latest Information on Defra's Review of National Parks Governance Arrangements

Yesterday's meeting (21/10/10) with Alison Barnes (CEO, NFNPA) and David Illsley (NFNPA) was very positive and I am delighted to tell you that the New Forest NPA will be holding a series of public consultation meetings during the Review.  Further details of these meetings will follow soon after Defra launch their Consultation Document, probably mid-November.

We understand that the consultation period will be 12 weeks and that the outcome should be announced by Defra in the Spring 2011.  Alison has specifically delayed the publication and distribution of the Autumn/Winter edition of "Park Life" so that further details can be announced.  This will be especially helpful in reaching all residents in the National Park, and particularly those who do not have computers.

We also understand that Defra's consultation document will be in the format of a questionnaire; so One Voice and the NFNPA will work together to ensure this will be available for download from both websites as well as provision of hard copies at the public meetings.

We have decided not to launch the One Voice online survey because the Defra questionnaire is likely to cover the same points and issues on accountability.

This is all very good news for everyone, especially after the doom and gloom of yesterday's spending review!

Sue Baillie
ONE VOICE
Forum: http://onevoice.myfreeforum.org/
Website: http://www.onevoice.officeoverload.com/
email: onevoice@officeoverload.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/OneVoiceHants
Tel: 01425 621889 Fax: 01425 620063

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Marchwood Power turns to SETA for new technician

Southampton-based apprenticeship provider SETA is celebrating after Marchwood Power Limited turned to them for the first time for a new trainee technician.


Ryan Doran at work at SETA
 Ryan Doran is part of the new in-take of apprentices at SETA – Southampton Engineering Training Association - and is employed by the firm running the new £380m natural gas combined cycle power plant on the Marchwood Industrial Estate.

The 18-year-old from Alton is training to be an Electrical/Control and Instrumentation Technician at the plant. He will spend his first year at SETA working towards an NVQ 2 and starting his BTEC Engineering before going on site at the Power Station next year, where he will do an NVQ 3 on the job.

It is anticipated he will have to do a four-year apprenticeship, with a view to a permanent role at the power station.

Ryan, who has had Hampshrie county trials for rugby and athletics, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn and develop my engineering skills and abilities at SETA and then put them to work at Marchwood.

“SETA is a great place to learn and I am picking up really important new skills and processes that will help me when I go and work on the site.”

Marchwood Power Limited generates enough electricity to supply the needs of nearly one million homes - equivalent to the combined energy needs of Southampton, the New Forest and Winchester.

The facility uses the latest technology to ensure maximum energy efficiency and minimal impact on the environment and is one of the most efficient generators of electricity in the UK.

David Hamlyn, training manager at Marchwood Power, said: “We are excited about this new relationship with SETA. We often need skilled staff and the grounding they get at SETA stands an apprentice in good stead for working on our site.”

Richard Heighington, Chief Executive of SETA, said: “We are delighted that Marchwood Power has recognised the quality of the apprenticeship programmes we have here and become the latest big employer in the south to turn to us for their new engineering recruits.”


Recommended Reading: Nuclear Or Not?: Does Nuclear Power Have a Place in a Sustainable Energy Future? (Energy, Climate and the Environment)

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Independent Inspector backs National Park’s first set of planning policies

An independent Government Planning Inspector has endorsed the first dedicated set of planning policies for the New Forest National Park, concluding that the Authority’s ‘Core Strategy’ provides an appropriate and sound basis for planning within the National Park.

Inspector Neil Pope also commended the Authority’s work in simplifying the hundreds of existing planning policies from five plans that currently cover the National Park into a succinct set of 42 policies. The Core Strategy document will be used to guide decisions on planning applications within the whole of the National Park up to 2026.

The Inspector concluded that the Core Strategy meets all the legal requirements and is judged to be ‘sound’ in that it is justified, effective and consistent with national policy. He recommended it should be adopted, subject to a very limited number of changes (available to view, with the Inspector’s report, at http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/).

The Inspector’s report follows examination hearing sessions held in early September at which he invited a wide range of organisations and individuals to give evidence. He also took into account all comments received on the draft plan during the public consultation held earlier this year. Around 10,000 people have been involved in the consultation over the last two years.

The Inspector said: ‘…the NPA has undertaken an extensive and lengthy consultation process with a very wide range of public and private sector organisations. Representations were received from a wide cross-section of the local community, including those representing business interests. There was adequate opportunity for those wishing to take part in the consultation process to do so.'

The Inspector supported the modest level of housing development proposed within the National Park, highlighting its role in maintaining the vitality of local communities and in sustaining local services. The Authority’s proposals to increase the proportion of local affordable housing sought on development sites within the main villages were also endorsed.

Steve Avery, Director of Strategy and Planning at the National Park Authority, said: ‘We welcome the independent Inspector’s positive endorsement of the Authority’s proposed planning policies. Once formally adopted in December the Core Strategy should significantly simplify the planning policy framework for the National Park. After an extensive consultation process, we believe the Core Strategy strikes the right balance in seeking to enhance and protect the New Forest environment whilst sustaining the social and economic well-being of the national park communities.’

New Forest National Park Authority members are expected to formally approve the document at their meeting on 9 December. This adoption date allows for a planned transition from the existing to the new planning policies for the National Park. All planning applications decided after 9 December 2010 will be made in accordance with the new Core Strategy policies.

Monday, 18 October 2010

D*I*V*O*R*C*E with a Difference

New Law Firm Opens in Southampton

Catherine Sousa
A law firm, with a difference has recently opened. ‘Catherine Sousa Solicitors’ champions family law. It answers the need for clear, practical advice and results, in what can be confusing, emotional territory. And, this approach is so much in demand that the firm now welcomes an expanded team in to brand new premises in College Place, Southampton.

Principal Solicitor, Catherine Sousa, says “the legal profession has a reputation for being antiquated and pompous. Our society is changing and so must we. High-profile divorce and separation cases are making the public more law-savvy but we ensure that our clients have a real understanding of their options – so that the very best outcome can be achieved.”

Family Law applies at every stage of a relationship. Pre-nuptial, Civil Partnership and ‘Living Together’ agreements are now more popular than ever. And - at the breakdown of a relationship, divorce is not the only answer. In fact, divorce is at its lowest level since 1976*. Conversely, the UK has seen a surge in separation. As collaborative lawyers, members of Resolution, and accredited specialists in family law, Catherine Sousa Solicitors can help couples agree responsibilities and rights to money and property; ensuring any children are best looked after – out of court where possible.

Different too – clients are offered flexible appointment times, to suit their lifestyle demands. All initial consultations are free of charge conducted by a specialist family solicitor.

Catherine Sousa has practised family law for 10 years, across Hampshire managing high-level divorce cases, including complex children issues, financial matters and property disputes upon divorce and separation.

She concludes “Our focus is on achieving the best outcome for the family as a whole and exploring all of the options available for the client. Our clients are people not numbers and we take exceptional care to ensure that any children of the family are looked after not only financially but emotionally. We are a modern, dynamic group – our watchword is clarity and we hope to ring the changes to family law in Southampton”.

Catherine Sousa offers the following advice for those considering separation or divorce:

  • The earlier you get advice, the better.
  • Don’t agree a financial settlement before seeking guidance. This will not be legally binding and either partner may attempt to claim more, at a later date.
  • Don’t rush in to ‘angry decisions’ and don’t feel pressured by the other partner.
  • Don’t hide away from financial problems. Keep all financial documents safe. 
  • Be realistic – the family finances may well have to support two households in future and cutbacks may be necessary.
  • Consider the children. Where possible, both parents should calmly explain what is happening.

Catherine Sousa Solicitors also undertake residential and commercial conveyancing and deal with  wills, probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Call 02380 713 060 or email csousa@catherinesousasolicitors.co.uk for an appointment. Visit http://www.catherinesousasolicitors.co.uk/ for more information.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Hands-on harvest celebration in the New Forest

Around 270 school children celebrated the harvest season with an event to learn more about where their food comes from.

The New Forest National Park’s education team teach
children from the New Forest School at Nomansland
about harvest time in the New Forest.
The schools were invited to Sandy Balls Holiday Centre near Fordingbridge to experience first-hand the traditions of New Forest coppicing, beekeeping and rearing New Forest ponies, pigs, cows, and sheep. They also saw cookery demonstrations of local food and took part in bug hunts and harvest crafts, topped off with a competition and local produce lunch.

Organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, Sandy Balls, New Forest Marque, Hampshire Country Learning and the New Forest Trust, the harvest celebration welcomed  five schools and 80 parents today (Thursday, 7 October).

The children, aged seven to 11, came from Hythe Primary School, The New Forest School at Nomansland, Mansel Park Primary School in Southampton, Downton Primary School and Bassett Green Primary School, Southampton.

Children from The New Forest School, Nomansland,
learn about Dexter cows from owner Peter Niccolls.
Sarah Richards, Manager of the New Forest Marque for local produce at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The aim of the event was to get children to connect with what happens in nature and to give them a better understanding of where they live and the wonderful variety of local food available.

‘We want them to understand that what you buy in the supermarket often comes from thousands of miles away and is out of season. What you can get locally is really tasty, of good quality, and it is interesting to find out where it has come from as well as supporting local businesses.’


(Left to right) New Forest producers Natasha Moore of Perfect
Preserves, Sarah Richards of the New Forest Marque produce
scheme at the National Park Authority and Steph Lowe
of New Forest Biscotti tell the children about the benefits
of local food.

Fuller’s Inns provided lunches for the children, with Paulton’s Park providing competition prizes. The National Park Authority also gave travel grants to subsidise the cost of the Southampton schools getting to the event.

 Sandy Balls Managing Director Tim Howells said: 'Sandy Balls has a long-standing commitment to protecting its environment, with a string of David Bellamy Gold awards for an outstanding contribution to conservation. It is also home to one of the fastest growing farmers' markets in the region, helping to support local producers, crafts people and artisans.

'We think it is vital that the next generation of shoppers knows about the wealth of local seasonal food.'

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Fit it in to Your Lifestyle

Eating well and maintaining our fitness keeps us looking and feeling great.  So why do we find it easy to slip in to unhealthy habits?  Why do we subject ourselves to the latest fad diet or sign up to the gym, only to lose interest after the initial burst?

Spencer Cuckney owns Fit Woman Boot Camp, based on the South Coast.  He explains: “We all have demanding lifestyles and time pressures and sometimes we forget to look after ourselves in the race to get everything done.  The reality is, the better we eat and the fitter we are; the more energy we have to make the most out of our lives.  It’s not about starving ourselves – there are no nutrients in that.  It’s about enjoying life, eating abundantly but with foods which will fuel our bodies and give us what we need to be at our best.  Getting good levels of exercise not only means looking great in jeans; it’s a necessity to stave off stress, prevent health problems and to keep our bodies, minds and spirit in full working order!  Good health has a positive impact on every area of our lives, so it’s important that we get it right.”


Fit Woman Boot Camp runs residential boot camps around the New Forest and Christchurch, making the most of its enviable terrain.  Groups are small and each resident is treated as an individual.  “We show each woman how to fit in exercise and healthy eating in to their lifestyle.  We also make sure that they have fun and are inspired after they leave, in contrast to exhausting and humiliating military style boot camps.   Activities range from cycling and hiking through the forest, to Thai and Kick boxing with World Champions and also kayaking and surfing across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Boscombe.  It’s a varied programme and often introduces residents to new sports.  We make sure each woman leaves knowing how to get the most out of exercise and how to execute to perfection – saving on time and injuries!  There’s no doubt it’s challenging but we get results, with many women losing up to a stone and a dress size across the course of the week.  We have a nutritionist who teaches healthy culinary skills each day and shows food can be used to get the most from our bodies.  We also have a life coach who addresses attitudes to food and fitness.  Residents leave healthier, slimmer and fitter; armed with a diet and exercise plan and a different, happier approach to life.”

Go to http://www.fitwomanbootcamp.com/ or call 01425 477090 for availability, prices and special offers.

CASE STUDY

Chloe Stokes, 19, recently attended Fit Woman Boot Camp. “I am fairly fit but have just been travelling and definitely got out of my normal routine and really wanted to get back in to shape.  I liked the look of Fit Woman Boot Camp because it was local but also because of the range of activities – I wanted to enjoy my time there!  I loved paddle boarding and also Thai Boxing.  To be honest, it was all challenging.  No matter, how fit you are – you work as hard as you can.  Over six days, I lost 18lbs and dropped a dress size.  I lost eight inches all over and had a 7.9% reduction in body fat – pretty good!   I was so pleased and am definitely going to book another course.  Overall, it gave me the motivation to keep up my fitness again.  I’m now at Southampton University taking Sports Studies and I’d like to be a personal trainer when I finish.”

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Thought for food at first New Forest Local Food Summit

 Promoting local food was on the menu as over 70 delegates from the producer, tourism, hotel, restaurant and farming sectors joined forces with consumers at the first New Forest Food Summit.

Set up by New Forest Transition, the New Forest National Park Authority, and New Forest District Council, the Summit looked at how to overcome difficulties in local food production, distribution and retail.

The delegates agreed to create a Local Food Strategy aimed at increasing the production and consumption of local produce and strengthening the local economy.

The Local Food Strategy will cover:
  • Increasing supply
  • Processing issues (especially the need for local abattoir facilities)
  • Creating a strong distribution system
  • Developing an educational package for schools
  • More effective marketing/publicity and communications

(left to right): New Forest food producers Natasha Moore (Perfect Preserves),
Jane Overall (Setley Ridge Farm Shop and Mange Tout catering),
Roy Hunt (Tatchbury Manor Farm), Will Abraham (Coles Farm),
 Alison Barnes CEO of the New Forest National Park Authority,
Peter Niccolls (Hatchet Herd of Dexter cows) at the first New Forest Food Summit.

Alison Barnes, Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Local food has a significant role to play in shaping the future of the New Forest. We know that farming here is mainly small-scale and that we are losing farms and farmers every year.  We also know that farming and commoning are vital to our local rural economy and to the unique habitats and landscapes of the New Forest National Park.

‘It’s essential that the necessary conditions remain or are generated to ensure there is a viable future for New Forest farmers.  The development and strengthening of a vibrant market for local food is a key factor in doing this.’

The event, hosted by Beaulieu’s Countryside Education Trust, was the culmination of the New Forest Food Challenge (NFFC) run by New Forest Transition and funded by the National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund. The challenge to individuals, families, schools, colleges and businesses in the New Forest area is to find ways of using more local food produce.

Richard Barnett, NFFC project manager, said: ‘It was a tremendous event which showed the importance that local food has for this area. A great many positive ideas and suggestions emerged to help strengthen the local market.'

Anthony Climpson, Employment and Tourism Manager at New Forest District Council, said: ‘Local food is a vital ingredient in the local economy and the Summit showed how much passion there is to get the produce out to a strong market. We are very pleased to be able to support the project – it will form a key part of the Eat and Grow Local element of the Brand New Forest campaign.’

The summit was also supported by the National Farmers Union, Fullers Brewery and the New Forest Marque.

To become involved in developing the new Local Food Strategy contact Richard Barnett at info@newforesttransition.org or call 023 8029 2531.