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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  or

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