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’.