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Woodgreen Parish Annual Meeting

NOTICE OF WOODGREEN

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

To be held on Wednesday 24th April 2024 in Woodgreen Village Hall commencing at 7.00pm

Chaired by Cllr John Clarke, Chairman of Woodgreen Parish Council

Cheese and Wine Reception 7pm

All parishioners are invited to meet with local village organisations, parish and district councillors to chat about their roles and their activities over the last year.

Followed at 7.45pm by-

  1. Welcome by Chairman
  1. Apologies for absence
  1. To approve the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 26th April 2023.
  1.  Reports-     Parish Council – Including accounts and introduction to Community Resilience Plan

                                 Hampshire County Councillor and New Forest District Councillor

  1. Simon Kampa- Introduction  to exploring the possibility of creating a children’s area in the village.
  1. Any further matters to be raised by the public
All Parish and Town Councils throughout England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting, which must take place between 1st March and 1st June.   Purpose of the Annual Parish Meeting The purpose of the meeting is for the Parish Council to explain what it has been doing over the past year and enables electors to have their say on anything they consider to be of importance to the people of the Parish.   Who can attend the meeting? The Annual Parish Meeting is a meeting of all the local government electors for the Parish. It is NOT a Meeting of the Parish Council. Anyone may attend but only registered electors of Woodgreen Parish may vote.

Amanda Johnson, Clerk to Woodgreen Parish Council, ℅ Woodgreen Community Shop, Hale Road, Woodgreen, SP6 2AJ

Tel 01725 511636. 07553728121. Email: parish.clerk@woodgreen-pc.gov.uk

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New Forest Awakening Festival

The New Forest Awakening Festival – led by the New Forest National Park Authority with a range of partners – is now an annual Festival which runs throughout the whole month of March.

Through a series of events, talks, workshops and initiatives, people can discover why the New Forest is so special, its role in the climate and nature emergencies, what people are already doing to protect it, and how everyone can help.

The Festival is about increasing people’s understanding of the issues in the New Forest and how we can all help respond to the nature and climate crises.

Why March? The New Forest is beginning to awaken for spring: we’re awakening our awareness of nature and climate issues; and we’re awakening our action to help protect our precious landscape.

The New Forest National Park Authority made a declaration of intent to champion action with partners and communities towards the National Park being ‘net zero with nature’ by 2050. Net zero is achieved when any harmful greenhouse gas emissions are balanced by an equivalent amount being absorbed by the atmosphere and landscape.

The New Forest is a very special place. More than 50% of the area is of international importance for nature, and some sites have the highest possible conservation status.

The climate emergency is putting the fragile landscapes and habitats under threat, with hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters changing nature’s balance in the future.

Click here to see the 2024 timetable of events

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Stay on track to support New Forest wildlife this spring

Stay on track to support New Forest wildlife this spring

People are being asked to help rare ground nesting birds survive in the New Forest again this year by staying on the main tracks and keeping dogs with them here.

Special quiet zones will be set up at the most sensitive breeding locations with nearby car parks closed and signs in place to highlight the presence of the birds and help avoid disturbance as they attempt to breed and raise chicks.  

The New Forest is a Special Protection Area for Birds. Under pressure in many parts of the UK, helping ground nesting birds breed successfully in the New Forest has a key role to play in their overall survival. Whilst the fortunes of some species of these rare birds have improved in recent years thanks to people’s support, others still remain under considerable pressure.

Dartford Warblers, a small bird that nests in gorse or close the ground, have done well with the highest ever numbers recorded in the Forest and nearby locations in 2023. The numbers make the area one of the most important UK locations for this species.

Conversely, Nightjars which travel all the way from Africa to nest in the New Forest saw their numbers here decline by around 18%. Curlews, a key species of waders, had some limited success in breeding in the Forest last year but overall numbers still remain critically low.  

Unlike most birds, ground nesting birds build nests and raise their young on the ground around woodland edges and on the open heathland areas of the Forest. This makes it especially important to avoid startling parents causing them to flee their nests and leave eggs and chicks exposed to predators.

Leanne Sargeant, Senior Ecologist for Forestry England, said:

“Anyone visiting the New Forest during spring can’t help but notice the huge amount of bird song and activity. This really is a special place in the UK for birds, and making sure we continue to see ground nesting birds here in good numbers is key to this continuing. Everyone spending time here has a role to play and it’s really simple to help – please stay on the main, gravel tracks and avoid the heathlands and woodland edges to give these birds the space they need.”

Car parks closed during the breeding season include: Clayhill, Crockford, Crockford Clump, Hincheslea, Hincheslea Moor, Ocknell Pond, Ogdens, Shatterford and Yew Tree Heath.

Orange signs indicate areas very close to breeding grounds and can be seen in locations including car parks and on the main tracks. Red “stop” signs highlight nesting sites in the immediate vicinity and ask the public to avoid these areas.

People are asked to stick to the main gravel tracks and not to venture onto open, heathland areas where birds will be nesting. Dog walkers are asked to lend their support by keeping dogs with them on the tracks and where necessary using leads to keep them under close control.

Heather Gould, Chair of New Forest Dog Owners Group, said:

“It’s really simple for everyone who spends time here to help protect ground nesting birds by obeying the signs which are put out and avoiding sensitive area all together. We’d advise all dog walkers to avoid the protected heathlands if they can walk elsewhere during the nesting season. For more ideas on where to go instead just use Forestry England’s robust tracks map on their website.”

Everyone spending time on the Forest whether on foot, wheels or hoovescan take part in the campaign. 

Hannah Marsh, British Horse Society Regional Manager for the South of England, said:

“In spring and summer, many birds make their nests on the ground on heaths and open areas of the Forest. Making small adjustments to where we ride during this time can make a big difference to their survival. When you are riding on the Forest please to stick to the main tracks.”

Steve Avery, Executive Director at the New Forest National Park Authority, said:

“The New Forest National Park contains some of the most important wetlands and the most extensive area of heathland left in Europe – home to rare birds whose survival is under threat. We can all help by checking routes before heading out in the Forest, knowing which car parks are closed and where the quiet breeding zones are so we can avoid them. Always stay on the way-marked cycle routes and avoid veering off across open areas and heathlands where birds – although you might not see them – will be nesting and looking after precious young.”

Forestry England, working with local organisations and volunteers, surveys the numbers of ground-nesting birds every five years to monitor their fortunes. During 2024 it will assess numbers of Woodlarks and in 2025 look at the Curlew breeding population. During the breeding season the Forestry England team also monitors key ground nesting bird nests, carries out targeted predator control and supports ongoing research into these rare species.

More information about ground nesting birds in the New Forest can be found at https://www.forestryengland.uk/new-forest/ground-nesting-birds and https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/conservation/protecting-nature/ground-nesting-birds

For a full list of up-to-date car park closures visit www.forestryengland.uk/article/new-forest-car-park-closures

The robust tracks most suitable for dog walking in the New Forest during the ground nesting bird season are marked in red on this map.

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Give your views on New Forest District Council’s draft Corporate Plan

New Forest District Council are inviting residents, organisations, and businesses to have their say on the Council’s draft corporate plan.

The 4 year plan is the overarching document that sets the vision, values, priorities, and commitments of the district authority, from 2024.

Cllr Jill Cleary, Leader, said,

“Our corporate plan plays a principal role in the strategic framework for the council and is the overarching document that sets out our vision of a better future by supporting opportunities for the people and communities we serve, protecting our unique and special place, and securing a vibrant and prosperous New Forest.

“The plan focuses on the challenges we face, and the ambitions we have to respond to these challenges, structured around the themes of People, Place and Prosperity.  

“The council has long recognised the strong heritage and a world-class environment we operate within, and work to protect and enhance. Tackling climate and environmental challenges is key to ensure that the special nature of the New Forest can be enjoyed by future generations.

“We also want to support the prosperity of our residents. We know there are investment opportunities to come, and it is important to me that our residents now and in the future can benefit from these opportunities.

“We will support our communities to feel safe and supported while being able to take every opportunity that comes the district’s way.

“Together we will navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead, ensuring our district remains a wonderful place to live, work and thrive”

Comments on the draft corporate plan are invited until 26 January 2024, at https://www.newforest.gov.uk/CorporatePlanConsultation

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NFDC Christmas and New Year recycling and rubbish collections, and recycling advice

There are some changes to household recycling and rubbish collections in the New Forest district over Christmas and New Year. 

Clear recycling sack and black rubbish sack collections: 

Sack collections usually due on Monday 25 December and Monday 1 January, will instead be on Tuesday 2 January.  

Sack collections usually due on Tuesday 26 December and Tuesday 2 January, will instead be on Wednesday 3 January.  

Sack collections usually due from Wednesday 3 January to Friday 5 January, will instead be on the following day. For example, households who would usually have their sacks collected on Wednesday 3 January, will have them collected on Thursday 4 January.  

New Forest District Council (NFDC) can collect extra recycling and rubbish from affected households. 

All other sack collections will stay the same as usual.  

Glass collections: 

Glass collections usually due on Monday 25 December, will instead be on Saturday 30 December.  

Glass collections usually due on Tuesday 26 December, will instead be on Saturday 6 January.  

Glass collections usually due on Monday 1 January, will instead be on Saturday 13 January.  

All other glass collections will stay the same as usual. 

Garden waste collections:

As usual, NFDC are pausing garden waste collections for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year.  

There will be no garden waste collections from Monday 25 December to Sunday 7 January. They will resume from Monday 8 January. 

Residents can check their usual collection day online: https://newforest.gov.uk/findyourcollection 

A full list of changes to waste and recycling collections, and more information about recycling over Christmas and New Year, is available online: https://newforest.gov.uk/christmasrecycling 

Reusing and recycling Christmas waste  

NFDC are reminding residents to add empty aerosols, plastic bottles, tins, cans, card, and paper to their clear recycling sacks.  

If not reused, greeting cards and plain brown gift wrap can be recycled, but any decorations such as ribbons or sticky tape need to be removed first.  

The majority of gift wrap is not suitable for recycling in Hampshire as it contains a mixture of plastic and foil.  

Christmas tree recycling  

NFDC’s Christmas tree drop-off points are returning from Sunday 31 December to Sunday 14 January. 

List of Christmas tree drop-off locations:  

Fordingbridge    

A338 Slip Road Car Park    

SP6 1AW

Ringwood    

Furlong Long Stay Car Park – follow signs to designated area    

BH24 1AT   

Residents are asked to only drop off real Christmas trees and remove any decorations first, such as lights or wreaths. Trees must be placed as far back as possible in the fenced bay. Any trees left in car parks not on the list or by litter bins, will be treated as fly-tipping. 

NFDC will recycle the trees by chipping them to create mulch. The mulch will be used locally to help keep moisture around plant roots, and to prevent weeds from growing. 

Last year, NFDC recycled over 6,500 Christmas trees which were taken to the drop-off locations.

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Have your say on new pop-up campsite planning controls for the New Forest

Have your say on new pop-up campsite planning controls for the New Forest

The New Forest National Park Authority has issued new planning controls for temporary campsites to protect local communities and the environment of the New Forest.

Under new national ‘permitted development rights’ introduced by the Government in Summer 2023, pop-up campsites can operate for 60 days a year without planning permission.

Planning authorities can make an ‘Article 4 Direction’ which means proposals can’t be carried out under national permitted development rights and instead require a planning application. In ecologically-sensitive areas such as national parks, this allows the proposal to be considered in more detail and, where appropriate, suitable planning conditions to be attached.

Such a Direction was issued last year in response to concerns from local residents, parish councils and other organisations around the number of temporary campsites operating in the National Park, their impact on local communities and the wider landscape and habitats of the New Forest.

Following the introduction of further nationwide permitted development rights in July this year, the Authority has made a new Direction that has immediate effect, meaning certain ‘pop-up’ campsites within the New Forest National Park boundary will need to apply for planning permission to operate.

The rules apply to:

  • any land first used as a temporary recreational campsite after 1 March 2020; and
  • the use of any land as a temporary recreational campsite for more than 28 days in total in any calendar year.

Article 4 Directions can be used by local planning authorities to protect residential amenity, the special qualities and habitats of an area, and the National Park Authority believes the use of the Direction within the protected landscape of the National Park is justified.

The New Forest National Park has seen a significant increase in the number of pop-up campsites since lockdown, and also has more than three times the number of camping and touring caravan bed spaces per square kilometre than the average of all other English national parks.

Gordon Bailey, Chair of the New Forest NPA Planning Committee, said: ‘The New Forest is already one of the most visited National Parks in England and has the highest proportion of land designated as internationally important for nature conservation in the country. It’s therefore vital we protect the very thing that people come to enjoy.

‘Holiday parks and campsites are already well provided for in the National Park, and the new Article 4 Direction will help prevent negative impacts and pressures on our communities, protected habitats, wildlife and landscapes.’

The new Article 4 Direction applies across the whole of the New Forest National Park and comes into force on 27 October. As part of the process, comments on the introduction of the new Article 4 Direction are invited and the consultation is open from 27 October 2023 to 1 December 2023.

To take part, please go to www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/Article4 where you can see the Direction and accompanying plan on the New Forest National Park Authority website from 27 October. Or you can view it at the New Forest National Park Authority’s offices, Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9ZG.

Comments/representations can be sent to the Policy Manager at the above address or emailed to policy@newforestnpa.gov.uk, quoting ‘Article 4 Direction – temporary recreational campsites’.

The consultation comments received between 27 October and 1 December 2023 will be considered when the Authority makes a decision on whether to confirm the Direction, which will take place by 26 April 2024. The National Park Authority will shortly produce updated guidance to help inform future planning applications for temporary campsites.

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NFDC Funding

The District Council is making available £1m for ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ (CIL) funds to be spent on local projects. These projects will help infrastructure to be delivered on projects local communities have highlighted.  If you are a Parish Council I would ask that you pass this information on to your local school’s and community groups and work with them and encourage them to make a bid.

The window for making a bid is open from now until mid December, and further information is available on our website at: https://newforest.gov.uk/article/3423/CIL-bids-and-expenditure

CIL can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure projects from large-scale transport and highways improvements to play areas and community buildings. Further information is available at: https://newforest.gov.uk/cilspend

If you would like to discuss any potential projects, please do reply to this email or call 023 8024 5345 (option 1)

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New Garden Waste Collection

As agreed as part of the authority’s wider waste strategy*, from April 2024, New Forest District Council (NFDC) will collect garden waste fortnightly using 240 litre wheeled bins. The bins are black with brown lids and offer double the capacity of the current garden waste bags.  

Residents can sign up to join the new garden waste wheeled bin collection service online at newforest.gov.uk/gardenwaste 

The cost of the new service is £65 for 12 months of fortnightly collections, plus a one-off £25 supply charge per bin. The annual fee is in line with the average price charged by all Hampshire councils. 

Residents who sign up before 24 November 2023, 23.59pm will save £25 and are guaranteed to have their bin(s) delivered between January and March 2024, in time for when the new service starts.

Regardless of when residents join the service during the year, they will receive 12 months of garden waste collections. Households can apply for up to 5 bins. 

As the service is changing, current garden waste customers, who would like to receive collections from April 2024, will need to join the new service.  

The present garden waste collection year will continue for current customers up to 31 March 2024. Collections will stop after this date for any customers who do not join the new service.  

The bags currently used for the garden waste collection service will no longer be collected from 1 April 2024.  

Councillor Geoffrey Blunden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability said “Our new waste and recycling strategy, and waste reduction plan, was approved in summer 2022. We are pleased to be moving forwards with changes to the garden waste collection service, which I believe will result in a modern, safe, and more efficient service for both residents and staff.  

“I would like to thank all our garden waste customers who support us to recycle around 5,000 tonnes of garden waste every year. There are options for residents who are keen to recycle garden waste, from our charged-for collection service, to composting at home or taking garden waste to Hampshire County Council’s tips.”   

More information about the garden waste collection service can be viewed online at newforest.gov.uk/gardenwaste 

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New Forest residents to benefit from community energy project support

New Forest District Council (NFDC) is launching a new community energy programme in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and raise climate change awareness in the district.

The council is partnering with Community Energy South to deliver a two-year initiative that will support community groups in the New Forest to develop community-owned renewables, which will generate low-carbon heat and power and reduce energy use from the national grid.

New Forest District Council is supporting the creation of the community energy groups by providing Community Energy South with £100k in funding.

On Tuesday 18 July, Community South and New Forest District Council are hosting a launch event for the programme at Lyndhurst Community Centre from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to find out more about the community energy programme and how they can get involved. See Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-forest-community-energy-launch-event-tickets-670662608917?aff=oddtdtcreator

Residents can also email newforest@communityenergysouth.org to register their interest in the programme.

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden, NFDC Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: “This two-year partnership with Community Energy South ensures that we are continuing to support our district in reducing carbon emissions and improve energy security, while helping to raise awareness of the impact of locally led action on climate change, and aligns with our aims as council for the district to become net carbon zero by 2050.”“With this support from New Forest District Council and Community Energy South, our communities can build and invest in and benefit from their own renewable energy, and I encourage everyone to attend the launch event on Tuesday 18 July to find out more about how they can get involved in this fantastic new programme

Ollie Pendered, CEO of Community Energy South said: “We are very happy to be working with the New Forest District Council on this ambitious new programme. Communities in the New Forest have a fantastic track record of delivering community led action on sustainability and the environment and we hope to build on this work to support the development of a community energy group that can then develop community owned renewables. Community energy is a key component of our net zero aims, as well as building local energy resilience.” Residents can find out more about the project on the Community Energy South website at www.communityenergysouth.org

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New garden waste wheeled bin service for New Forest

At the Cabinet meeting on 5 July 2023, New Forest District Council agreed the detailed plans for a new garden waste collection service using wheeled bins.

The council already has a garden waste service, with 21,000 customers.  This is around 1 in every 4 households using the service.

The service collects garden waste from households once a fortnight and currently uses a reusable bag.

As agreed as part of the authority’s wider waste strategy*, from April 2024 the garden waste service will use a 240l wheeled bin.  The bin will hold twice what the current bags hold.  It will be a black wheeled bin with a brown lid.

The new service will have an annual charge of £65, plus a one-off charge of £25 for the supply of the bin.  These charges are in line with the average price charged by all Hampshire councils

Residents wishing to join the new service will be invited to sign up for the new service in the autumn this year. And those that sign up then, will receive an early offer of no charge for the supply of the bin , a £25 saving.

Customers who join the service in the autumn will have their wheeled bins delivered between January and March 2024.

Information will be on the Council’s website at Newforest.gov.uk/gardenwaste

https://newforest.gov.uk/wastestrategy