Visitors and residents of the New Forest are being encouraged to show consideration to everyone enjoying the National Park, through a new light-hearted film.
‘Tame Your Wild Side’ features a stag and doe that cause chaos in the Forest through their lack of respect for other people and the landscape of the National Park. The film then highlights how positive attitudes towards each other mean a safe and enjoyable day out for everyone.
New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘The National Park is home to a wide range of recreational uses, such as walkers, cyclists, horse riders and motorists. We all have to share the Forest’s roads and paths, but history has shown that this can sometimes lead to conflict.
‘This amusing film is a fun way to get across a serious message – if everyone is to enjoy the New Forest National Park, we need to respect and understand each other’s different needs and we hope that the film will encourage people to think about this issue.’
The film has been created by the New Forest National Park Authority with input from the New Forest Access Forum, which represents key recreation groups of the National Park. The Forum is the statutory advisor to the National Park Authority and other organisations about how to make the New Forest countryside and coast more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
Ruth Croker, Chairman of the New Forest Access Forum, said: ‘We hope this short film will encourage everyone to be more aware and reduce conflicts between users, improving the quality of the National Park for everyone.’
The Tame Your Wild Side film can be viewed on the National Park Authority website at: