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Friday, 16 December 2011

Make it a New Forest Christmas

If you are staying home and entertaining visitors over the festive season, the New Forest National Park has some top tips to help you make it a real New Forest Christmas.

For an authentic New Forest experience why not use local food, buy Forest-inspired presents, decorate your tree using only natural decorations and walk off dinner with a Boxing Day stroll.

Top tips for a New Forest Christmas:

  • Get some fresh air and walk off your Christmas excesses in the New Forest while learning more about its history and traditions. There are a range of walks to suit every ability. Download one of four audio tour walks or print off the commentary from www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/walking.
  • Looking for a present no one else will have? Visit the Forest Store on-line or at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst for unique and New Forest National Park-inspired gifts. There is exclusive outdoor gear and a range of gifts including a pony safety-promoting ice-scraper and a photo mug with a picture that magically appears when you pour hot water in it. All profits go to back into looking after the New Forest National Park www.foreststore.co.uk.
  • For delicious local produce and handmade presents visit the New Forest Marque website. For stockists www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/new-forest-produce.
  • New Forest Christmas trees are available from the Forestry Commission at New Park, Brockenhurst. Trees are on sale from 10am-4pm until 21 December www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest.


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