The New Forest National Park was created in March 2005 and the New Forest National Park Authority took up its full powers in April 2006.
Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. The National Park features majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline which all provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.
The National Park Authority’s 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.
It also has a duty to:
Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.
If you are planning on visiting, the National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire – from east of the Avon Valley to Southampton Water and from the Solent coast to the edge of the Wiltshire chalk downs.
Thanks to the New Forest National Park Authority for words and image.