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Sunday, 26 October 2014

New Forest National Park Management Plan seek your thoughts for future care

Informal consultation: 20 October to 19 December 2014

Organisations in the New Forest are asking people for their thoughts on how efforts should be focused to care for the New Forest up to 2020.

Many of the organisations responsible for looking after the New Forest have come together to draft a Management Plan update, suggesting a series of priority actions for the Forest between 2015 and 2020.

The New Forest National Park Management Plan contains a broad strategic and aspirational approach designed to guide the long-term management of the National Park.

First published in 2010 following widespread public consultation, the long-term vision and objectives remain relevant today, but it is time to update the actions in the plan, looking ahead over the next five years. It is on this draft of updated actions that views are sought.

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘The actions in this draft update cover a wide range of topics, but the underlying theme is the conservation of the special qualities of the New Forest. It is important that we all work together to look after this special place, and I am pleased that this update is very much a joint venture involving many of the Forest organisations.’

Call for views

An initial draft of the update can be viewed at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/ManagementPlan and comments are invited as part of the ‘Call for Views’ - a period of informal consultation from today (20 October) to 19 December 2014.

Please download a comments sheet from the web page above and send your responses to:

Policy Team, National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG; or email policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Drop-in sessions

The National Park Authority is also holding a series of drop-in sessions for people to discuss the draft update. The sessions are between 2pm and 8pm as follows:

  • 4 November: Bramshaw Village Hall
  • 10 November: Sway Village Hall
  • 12 November: Godshill Village Hall
  • 17 November: Lyndhurst Community Centre.

This will be followed by revisions to the update and a further period of formal public consultation during February and March 2015.

The draft update has been produced jointly by the Forestry Commission, New Forest District Council, Hampshire County Council, National Park Authority, Natural England, Environment Agency, Wiltshire Council and Test Valley Borough Council.

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