The New Forest National Park Authority takes up its full duties on 1 April 2006.
Lindsay Cornish, the Chief Executive, said: “From 1 April the National Park Authority becomes the local planning authority within the Park boundary. We will give grants for innovative projects from our Sustainable Development Fund and work with partners on conservation, recreation and information projects. And we will provide a unified voice to champion the Park at all levels.”
The new boundary restores some land to the New Forest including Pennington Marshes and its coast path. So the first leg of the Solent Way is now within the New Forest
The National Park AuthorityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interim headquarters is at South Efford House near Lymington.
See Exploring the Bournemouth Coast Path: Walk 7 Milford-on-Sea to Lymington.