This week I have enjoyed being out and about in the constituency talking to organisations like the National Park Authority about the role the New Forest can play in meeting net zero targets. As we all look to reduce our footprint on the environment it was great to hear about the way peat bogs on the Forest can sequester carbon, but there are challenges in making sure Government funding programmes for nature are not exclusively focused on uplands.
The New Forest rangers have been busy again this summer and it was a pleasure to meet their apprentice rangers and kickstarters at Canada Common. They have been doing amazing work encouraging locals and visitors alike to adhere to the Forest Code, and helping people understand the importance of simple measures like keeping gates closed and a respectful distance from the animals.
2021 sees the return of Walk The Test Way, and I was pleased to pop in to Jane Scarth House this week, which is my nominated charity for this year. I have walked the Test Way in both rain and sunshine, and really missed being able to do it last year. This year’s walk is on 26th September and I am hoping both Alfie and Luna will be up to doing the 11 mile trip from Stockbridge down to Romsey.
In Hampshire the County Council is leading the response to the Afghan refugee resettlement effort. I have received a number of contacts from local people offering support and HCC is publishing further details of how you can help on their webpages this week.