£2m expansion plans setting sail for New Forest river marina

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An aerial view of Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour’s Beaulieu River marina

A MAJOR investment is being planned by the award-winning Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour that will extend the Beaulieu River marina.

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The £2m redevelopment plans will keep pace with modern demands for bigger berths and more convenient walk-ashore pontoons.

This year Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour was awarded The Yacht Harbour Association’s coveted Coastal Marina of the Year trophy.

New plans have been approved by the Marine Management Organisation and New Forest National Park Authority and will increase its moorings by 66 to a total of 264.

Beaulieu Enterprises managing director Russell Bowman said: “The proposals represent a significant investment in the future of the Beaulieu River and are an important part of ensuring that it remains one of the most desirable places to visit and moor a yacht.

“We recognise that the Beaulieu River is a very special place and are committed to undertaking the project in a sensitive and sustainable way. Its unique character remains of paramount importance to us for its future.”

The Beaulieu River, which has been in the private custodianship of the Montagu family for over four centuries, is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world.

The estate says it is working with agencies, including Natural England and the Environment Agency, to protect its unique habitats and species.

For more information about the harbour go to beaulieuriver.co.uk.

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