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The Forestry Commission’s agents, Land Use Consultants, are carrying out a recreation survey to help them complete the Environmental Impact Assessment which will accompany the application for Planning Permission to undertake the proposed works at Latchmore.  They have asked members of the public to participate.

This is an important opportunity for us all – both the local community and visitors from further afield – to record our recreational use of this unique and beautiful area and show how much we value it.  Please complete their short survey and accompanying map and return it to them by Friday 5 June.  If you need paper copies of the documents, please email us at friends.latchmore@gmail.com .

Postscript, 19 May

Land Use Consultants have now supplied the questionnaire in MS Word format, which can be completed online and emailed to the address at the foot of the form.  Due to OS copyright regulations, the map still has to be annotated by hand if you wish to do so, and returned by post.

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Thank you to all our Friends

Once again our most recent fund-raising event was a sell-out!  The Curry & Quiz evening on 19 February was a lot of fun and we thank all those who came along on the night to support us and those who were unable to join us but sent a donation instead.  Your generous support is greatly appreciated.

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More “restoration” works

On 17 July 2014 Planning Permission was granted for “restoration” work at North Slufters (see postings dated 24 August) and the work was carried out during the summer and early autumn.  To read reports, prepared by Friends of Latchmore, on the work while it was in progress and after completion, click here for ‘The machinery and imported materials’, here for ‘Comparisons before and after works at Lower End’ and here for ‘Was this necessary?’

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Should public opinion count?

A letter in The Lymington Times dated 25 October calls for a more responsible attitude by the government organisations which continue to approve EU-funded schemes involving major engineering works in protected environments (such as stream “restoration” in the New Forest), while completely disregarding very strong public opposition to the works.

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Growing opposition

A letter in this week’s Lymington Times draws attention to the growing opposition expressed by parish councils on behalf of their electorate to the ongoing programme of Forestry Commission stream “restorations” in the New Forest.  For more information, click here.

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