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New chairman for Forest working group
A GROUP working to improve the management of recreation and access across the New Forest National Park has elected a new chairman.
Former Official Verderer Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre was elected chairman of the Recreational Management Strategy Working Group at its meeting on September 13.
The working group brings together organisations including Hampshire County Council, the Hampshire Wildlife Trust and the New Forest Tourism Association to discuss recreation issues.
One of its aims is to conduct research into the impact of walking, cycling, riding and other leisure activities on the Forest and to agree an approach to sustainable management of those activities.
Mr Crosthwaite-Eyre said: “The Forest is used by an enormous number of people every year for recreation, and the strategy seeks to strike the right balance so that people’s enjoyment does not end up damaging the very qualities that make the Forest so special, such as its landscape and tranquillity.
“Our job as a working group is to achieve that aim.”