Gillie Hayball, who leads the team of four New Forest National Park Authority rangers, said: ‘One of our key tasks is to be a visible presence in the National Park and surrounding areas, acting as a first point of contact with residents and visitors.
‘Leasing this vehicle means we can transport display and educational materials when we attend events, campaign days and go out into communities. It also means people can recognise us more easily.
‘A business case showed that by leasing the van rather than rangers using their own transport and claiming back the mileage, there will also be cost savings for the Authority. Of course we’ll be out walking and cycling in the Forest or using public transport when possible instead of going by car or van.’
The Authority has also been leasing a hybrid pool car – which runs on electric and petrol – from Wessex Fleet Solutions since 2010.
Company Director Tim McNally said: ‘Green Car Lease is a division of Wessex Fleet Solutions. Not only are the pool car and van reducing the Authority’s emissions but the leasing arrangements are also carbon neutral.
‘We calculate the amount of carbon emitted by every lease vehicle we supply and pay for sustainable energy projects to offset those emissions.’
Notes to Editor:
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.
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608 Mob: 07850143528
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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.