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Our Council members bring a wide range of skills and knowledge together to help us work for the protection and enhancement of the New Forest.
Could you become a Council member and a part of our campaigning team?

Contact John Ward, our chairman,
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Our Committees

Planning and Transport Committee

Bernie Austin (Chair)

The Committee includes established professional planners and experienced New Forest campaigners. It meets monthly. Much of its work is done by informal lobbying and advising. The Association is represented at most meetings of the National Park Authority’s Planning Development Control Committee and we often speak on specific applications.

Terms of Reference:

  • Consider all aspects of the built environment within and affecting the New Forest National Park with reference to the Association’s agreed Agenda and Vision.
  • Consider and respond to all relevant documents and proposals that may affect the quality, character and tranquillity of the built environment and landscapes of the National Park.
  • Ensure that adequate liaison is maintained with partner organisations, including regular meetings with the New Forest National Park local planning authority and other appropriate organisations.
  • Monitor planning applications and proposed local and national planning policies and make representations on behalf of the Association.

Publicly available comments made by the Committee are available HERE.

Habitat and Landscape Committee

Brian Tarnoff (Chair)

The Committee includes established botanists, ecologists and nature conservation advisors and experienced New Forest campaigners. It meets regularly. Much of its work is done by informal lobbying and advising, but Committee representatives also hold regular liaison meetings with the Forestry Commission. The Association is represented at meetings of the New Forest Consultative Panel and attends the Verderers’ Court.

Terms of Reference:

  • Consider all aspects of the natural environment, habitats and land management within and affecting the New Forest National Park with reference to the Association’s agreed Agenda and Vision.
  • Consider and respond to all relevant documents and proposals, including for recreation management, that may affect the beauty, diversity, quality, character and tranquillity of the landscapes and habitats of the National Park.
  • Ensure that adequate liaison is maintained with partner organisations, including regular scheduled meetings with the Forestry Commission and other appropriate organisations.
  • Consider research, surveys or other studies concerning New Forest habitats and landscapes and make recommendations through Council to the Board of Trustees on those that it might be beneficial for the Association to initiate or support.

Publicly available comments made by the Committee are available HERE.