From the National Park Authority -
2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year as we confront the pandemic and its impacts on the Forest, our communities and economy. At the same time we are facing the challenges of nature and climate emergencies. People nationwide have been discovering and enjoying outdoor spaces, many for the first time, with unprecedented numbers coming to the New Forest. Forest organisations are putting together the next Partnership Plan for the New Forest National Park – our joint strategy which sets out what all the organisations will do over the next five years to care for this spectacular landscape, its wildlife and its communities. Our remit is to ensure the New Forest is protected, that people have opportunities to learn about it and enjoy the outdoors, and that our local communities prosper. In the first of our snapshot surveys to help inform this Partnership Plan, we would like to hear your views about:
some of your experiences over the last few months
how we can all help the Forest recover
what you would like to see going forwards.
The survey should take around five minutes to complete and closes midnight on Friday 22 January 2021. Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/NFsnapshotsurvey to have your say. The Partnership Plan is produced jointly by all the main organisations with interests and responsibilities in the National Park, including: Environment Agency, Forestry England Hampshire, County Council Natural England, New Forest District Council, New Forest National Park Authority, Test Valley Borough Council, Verderers of the New Forest and Wiltshire Council.
About the New Forest National Park Authority Protect - Enjoy - Prosper The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to: -Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect. -Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy. We also have a duty to: Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper. The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.