People will be able to see an exhibition about the area and asked to fill in a questionnaire, asking them to point out what makes the area special and how the National Park can work with people to protect and improve it.
Their answers will help form a conservation area management plan for the western escarpment, looking at everything from architectural features, to trees, open spaces and what makes up the area’s unique character.
The National Park Authority is holding three drop-in sessions, all from 2pm to 8pm:
Tuesday 21 September 2010 - Ellingham Church Hall
Friday 24 September 2010 - Woodgreen Village Hall
Wednesday 29 September 2010 - Hyde Memorial Hall
Anne-Marie Lomax, Building Conservation Officer at the National Park, said: ‘This western area typifies the New Forest landscape and many of its buildings are of architectural and historic interest. We want to work with local people to take steps to protect and enhance this special area and make sure it is looked after for future generations to enjoy.’
People’s comments combined with the views of local groups such as parish councils will help form a draft management plan. The draft will be made public next spring for further comments.
People who are not able to attend the sessions are encouraged to download the questionnaire from the National Park website at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk.
Please return all completed questionnaires to Environmental Services, New Forest National Park Authority, South Efford House, Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 0JD or emailed to anne-marie.lomax@
The deadline for questionnaire comments is 15 October 2010.
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
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The New Forest National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire; it is famous for its stunning landscapes,wildlife,coastline & picturesque villages. It is the eighth national park in England and the first in the south-east to be created for nearly 50yrs.