New Forest National Park Authority



Protecting together, shaping tomorrow

The New Forest was designated a national park in 2005 to give this outstanding landscape the highest level of protection and to preserve it for the nation to enjoy for generations to come.

The New Forest National Park Authority has statutory purposes and socio-economic responsibilities as specified in the Environment Act of 1995:

  • To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area
  • To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park by the public.

Working in partnership with other organisations it is also our duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of the local communities within the National Park.

We like to sum this up as:

Protect – Enjoy – Prosper

“We are working with businesses to create a world class environment and world class economy here in the south.”

Chief Executive Alison Barnes

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