Livestock Worrying

Following recent discussions and coverage of a number of cattle related incidents on the New Forest, the New Forest Commoners Defence Association wishes to raise awareness of both the risk and the legal responsibilities of Forest users, and especially those with dogs. 


Lymington Citizens Advice New Forest has Moved

From 2nd October the Lymington Citizens Advice Lymington office will be closed to the public. It is moving to Lymington Town Hall and will be reopening the service at Lymington Town Hall on the 7th October.

CAB Move

Rural Services Network

RSN is the national champion for rural services, ensuring that people in rural areas have a strong voice. They are fighting for a fair deal for rural communities to maintain their social and economic viability for the benefit of the nation as a whole. You cna find more information on the Rural Services Network here:

Throughout all of the RSN work, we campaign for our rural communities and services.  We believe that there are 8 key elements which make up a vibrant rural community. 

We also recognise that rural communities experience a number of rural inequalities which create Rural Vulnerability and this is a cross cutting issue across all of our priorities:

Click on each of the elements below to find out more about our priority areas and what we believe Government and other bodies can do to help!

NALC and LGA launch new guide to tackle loneliness

 NALC has launched a new joint guide with the Local Government Association (LGA) on tackling loneliness.

In October 2018, the government launched its first-ever strategy on loneliness, making it clear that responsibility for tackling loneliness cuts across more than one ministerial department.

The Reaching out guide responds to the national strategy and outlines various ways local (parish and town) councils and principal authorities can work together.

The guide has practical advice, guidance and case studies, and focusses four key themes:

Making Connections – finding ways to reach and understand the needs of those experiencing loneliness
Making a Difference – providing services that directly improve the number and quality of relationships that people have
Linking Up – giving support such as transport and technology to help sustain connections
The Right Environment – creating the right structures and conditions locally to support those affected by, or at risk of, loneliness.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “To take forward the national strategy we must recognise that local activity is already underway. But we must redouble our efforts to work more effectively, and in partnership across local government if we are to see a real change in tackling loneliness.”

Loneliness is one of society’s most significant challenges; it reduces the quality of life and has an impact on health and wellbeing – it can affect anyone of any age, loneliness is not just about older people.

Read The Guide

NPA Building Skills Talks

The New Forest National Park Authority and local buildings expert Kevin Stubbs are delivering a series of evening talks for homeowners in the New Forest.

The talks are part of the Building Skills project, one of 21 projects being delivered through the Our Past, Our Future Landscape Partnership Scheme. The project is informing local people of the importance of traditional buildings to the area’s character whilst providing knowledge of specialist repair techniques. This information is helping conserve and enhance the local distinctiveness of the settlements within the Forest as they raise awareness and encourage sensitive repair and management.

The series of evening talks begins in November on Wednesday evenings in Brockenhurst Village Hall. The subjects that will be covered are as follows:

  • New Forest cob, thatch, flint and stone Wednesday 20 November, 7pm – 9.30pm.
  • New Forest brick, mortar, plasters and renders Wednesday 4 December, 7pm – 9.30pm.
  • New Forest timber framed buildings and timber roof structure Wednesday 15 January, 7pm – 9.30pm.
  • New Forest tile, slate and lead roof coverings Wednesday 29 January, 7pm – 9.30pm.
  • New Forest building details and finishes Wednesday 12 February, 7pm – 9.30pm.

If you would like to attend one or more of these evenings, please visit our training webpage to book your place: . The cost of a ticket is £5 per person, and you can buy a ticket for all six evenings for £25. If you would like more information, please contact Richard Austin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01590 664661)