Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science with responsibility for National Parks, heard about the National Park Authority’s work to encourage green transport in the Forest, reducing car journeys while helping to protect the iconic landscape.
|Environment Minister Lord de Mauley (centre) with|
New Forest National Park Authority Member
Julian Johnson and Chief Executive Alison Barnes.
Alison Barnes, New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive, said: ‘We were also able to tell the Minister about the special qualities of the New Forest – over half of the National Park is designated as being internationally-important for nature conservation – and how it is vital we work together to protect it for the future.
‘A £2.9 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant has been earmarked for the New Forest with 10 organisations busy planning over 20 projects ranging from habitat restoration, to developing Forest skills, and inspiring a new generation to become involved in caring for this precious landscape.’
Natural Environment and Science Minister Lord de Mauley, said: ‘The New Forest National Park is among our greatest natural assets, and a huge contributor to the local economy and tourism industry, which is why it’s important to celebrate its success.
‘I’m grateful to the local businesses, farmers and forest authority officials who I met at the show to discuss how we can protect this unique environment and grow our rural economy to help boost opportunities for the local community.’
The Minister was presented with a hamper of New Forest Marque local produce. Supported by the National Park Authority, the New Forest Marque scheme has around 130 members and gives local businesses a distinctive ‘New Forest’ banner to sell their goods. He also visited the Local Food and Farming Area at the Show to meet some of the producers.