Consultation on England's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

An independent review of England's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) has been commissioned by the Government; one of the key commitments of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. The Consultation Ends on 18th December.

The review is led by writer Julian Glover, assisted by an advisory panel with a vast breadth of experience in landscape, biodiversity, heritage, farming and rural issues.

Last month the review opened its ‘Call for Evidence’ for anyone who visits, lives in or works with a National Park to give their views on the issues the report should tackle.

The consultation closes on 18th December - more details can be found at

“Crime Prevention and Policing in the New Forest” - Monday 22nd Oct at 19:00

“Crime Prevention and Policing in the New Forest”

Inspector Paul Beale and PCSO Sean Woodward

Prevention and Neighbourhoods.

Hampshire Constabulary

Will deliver a talk at Boldre War Memorial Hall at 7.00 pm on Monday the 22nd October

Topics include:
- Policing in the Forest now and future
- Drugs and crime
- Security and what members of the public can do to help.


Hampshire County Council News - September 2018

The September edition of the Hampshire County Council News can be viewed here. Topics include:

  • Celebrating British Food Fortnight - 22nd Sept - 7th Oct
  • Older Driver Awareness Week 1-5 October 2018
  • Women's suffrage: petitions, protests and pilgrimages - A Hampshire History

Recreation Ground - Running Track

Fitter, Healthier, Happier

The Recreation Field now offers two circuits:

a 500 meter perimeter circuit and a slightly shorter 400 meter circuit.

Both circuits are designed to be run or walked clockwise or anticlockwise. The distances travelled are marked on the posts in meters. There are flat markers on the ground where the circuit tracks across the field. 

  • Red markers - 500 meters
  • Yellow markers - 400 meters

There is a field map on the pavilion door to show how the circuits work. The flat markers may be hard to spot at first, but they have to be kept low so as to keep below the level of the mowers.

Come give it a Go - Enjoy

Natural England - Consultation on SSI Bylaws

Natural England is inviting views on its proposed approach to considering the use of its existing SSSI byelaw-making powers provided by Section 28R of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000). The consultation ends on August 22nd.

These byelaw-making powers are to be used specifically for the protection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (‘SSSIs’) in England. Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are notified by Natural England as part of its statutory functions and are specially protected by law in order to conserve their wildlife or geology. As part of its ongoing work to further its Conservation Strategy and deliver better and proportionate regulation to benefit the natural environment, Natural England is seeking to improve its capability to exercise its existing SSSI byelaw-making powers, where this might be considered an appropriate and necessary action. This will maximize the flexibility Natural England has to protect the special wildlife of these special and important places.

Further information can be found here