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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Village Life One Hundred Years Ago

A VILLAGE ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
by Neil Hotson

The morning started with the theft of a bicycle, value £5 (£400 at today's rate) from outside the saddler's shop. The thief could expect to be pursued to the next village and beyond by the village constable, determined to apprehend the offender.

Further down the High Street a load of straw is delivered outside the big house. It is spread over the road to deaden the noise of cartwheels as there is someone very ill in the house.

On the other side of the village a funeral procession, comprising a Washington carriage and a lesser carriage, each pulled by a pair of horses, moves slowly towards the churchyard. The houses en route shutter their windows or pull down their blinds as a mark of respect.

That afternoon the weekly Petty Sessions is held in the upper rooms of the public house. First up before the magistrates is a group of teenagers, charged with "loitering near a place of divine service" as they were caught in a huddle twenty yards from the church last Sunday evening. Next is the dairyman, for watering his milk yet again.

As darkness falls, the slate clubs meet in the various pubs and the regatta committee meet in the village hall to discuss this year's event. The Territorial Army finishes its meeting with a rendition of the National Anthem and the pubs begin to fill up again.

At the crossroads, the policeman wonders how many would "refuse to quit licensed premises" tonight. The estate keepers are concealed in the woods, ready to pounce on night-poachers, and in the big field, the travelling circus, with its elephant and big cats, is resting for the night.

What would the villagers of those days think of our times?

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The New Forest by Matthew Conway
Featuring a mixture of history, folklore and stories of interest, this book explores the culture and wildlife of the New Forest. From it deer, which for centuries were hunted exclusively by the Kings of England, to the thousands of trees that were the cornerstone of the English Navy, this fascinating volume illustrates how flora and fauna are interwoven with the forest's heritage, and pays special attention to its wildlife.  As well as providing a backdrop of history, this affectionate look at the forest will inspire readers to explore the area themselves. Read more...

Monday, 10 December 2012

NFNPA Working with local communities to increase wildlife

Angela Peters
A one year pilot project to encourage local communities to identify wildlife habitats such as grassland, hedgerows, ponds, rivers and woodland is now looking for volunteers.

The project will focus on the areas of Godshill, Hordle, Landford, Marchwood, Milford on Sea, New Milton and Wellow to develop community wildlife plans.

The New Forest National Park Authority will work with these local groups to encourage greater involvement in recording, mapping and conserving wildlife.

Angela Peters, who previously worked at the National Trust in Dorset, has just taken up the position of Community Wildlife Plans Project Officer at the National Park Authority: ‘This is such a great project to be involved in,’ she said. ‘I’m looking forward to working with local community and volunteer groups and to provide training to increase people’s skills and confidence in surveying plants and animals.

‘When we have this new information I will be working with these groups to investigate how to improve their green spaces for wildlife.’

Keith Metcalf, Parish Clerk at Milford on Sea Parish Council, said: ‘We are looking forward to working closely with Angela. There is a wealth of wildlife on our doorstep and it is a great opportunity for local people to work together to increase green spaces where they live and to encourage youngsters to become the custodians of our local wildlife heritage.’

Angela is looking for people with an interest in animals, flowers, birds, bats or bees to become ‘wildlife champions’.

There is also an opportunity for map work, data collection and getting involved with community events, walks, talks and practical conservation work.

For more information about this project or to find out how get involved visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/wildlife-plans.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

New Park Brockenhurst Christmas Fair this weekend

For a true New Forest Christmas why not choose your Christmas tree and pick up some unique gifts at over 70 stalls in the heart of the Forest this weekend?

For 2014 Brockenhurst Christmas Fair CLICK HERE

The New Forest and Hampshire County Show opens its gates to its first free Christmas Fair, with New Forest Marque members Rosie Lea tearooms and Setley Ridge Farm Shop selling hot local food and soup, as well as tasty hot chocolate and mulled wine.

There is also a lot on offer for children, including making reindeer with National Park Authority Rangers, face painting, Santa’s post box, a pony driven sleigh from 2pm each day, Christmas carols, a brass band and even Santa will be making a brief appearance over the weekend.

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager and Fair Co-ordinator, said: ‘The New Forest is full of artisan food producers and craft makers and what better way to promote what they do than at a Christmas Fair. Here you can do all your Christmas shopping in one place.’

Gary North, Recreation Manager at the Forestry Commission, said: ‘The Forestry Commission will be selling a large range of home grown spruce and fir trees, including the non-drop variety.

‘There is nothing quite like the smell of a real Christmas tree in your home. Our trees are sustainably grown in the UK, with at least one tree being planted to replace each one that is harvested. We have Christmas trees of every shape and size and our expert staff are available to help you pick, wrap and carry the perfect Christmas tree to your car.’

Dennis Dooley, Show Secretary at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, said: ‘We are pleased to be involved in an event that brings local businesses together in one place.

‘We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Fair. New Park is a great location and people have been buying their Christmas trees here from the Forestry Commission for many years.

New Forest Christmas Fair at New Park Brockenhurst SO42 7QH - Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December - 10am-4pm.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Forest Christmas treasure trail marks first New Park Christmas Fair

Top prizes are on offer to anyone who finds a gold Christmas decoration hidden in the New Forest National Park from Friday 30 November to Friday 7 December, to celebrate the first Christmas Fair at New Park near Brockenhurst.

The six golden baubles could be hidden in a tree, on the Forest floor, on a bench or by a path and there are eight days to find them all.

Prizes donated are:

  • Midweek lunch for two with a bottle of wine at The Pig, Brockenhurst
  • Spa day for two at SenSpa at Carey’s Manor, Brockenhurst
  • Breakfast for two at the Old Farmhouse Restaurant and Tearooms, Burley
  • A family ticket for four to next year’s New Forest Show
  • A Christmas tree and wreath from the Forestry Commission
  • A year’s family membership to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

The free Christmas Fair at New Park on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December is the perfect place to get into the festive spirit and to do all your Christmas shopping in one place.

There will be over 70 stands selling unique and bespoke gifts and New Forest Marque members Rosie Lea tearooms and Setley Ridge Farm Shop will be selling hot local food and soup, as well as tasty hot chocolate and mulled wine.

There is also lots on offer for children including making reindeer with National Park Authority Rangers, face painting, a Santa’s post box, a pony driven sleigh from 2pm each day, Christmas carols and even Santa will be making a brief appearance over the weekend.

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager and Fair Co-ordinator, said: ‘The New Forest is full of artisan food producers and craft makers and what better way to promote what they do than at a Christmas Fair.

‘Joining up with the Forestry Commission is a great way for everyone to do all their Christmas shopping in one place.’

Gary North, Recreation Manager at the Forestry Commission, said: ‘The Forestry Commission will be selling a large range of home grown spruce and fir trees, including the non-drop variety from 1 December.

‘There is nothing quite like the smell of a real Christmas tree in your home. Our trees are sustainably grown in the UK, with at least one tree being planted to replace each one that is harvested. We have Christmas trees of every shape and size and our expert staff are available to help you pick, wrap and carry the perfect Christmas tree to your car.’

Dennis Dooley, Show Secretary at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, said: ‘We are pleased to be involved in an event that brings local businesses together in one place.

‘We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Fair. New Park is a great location and people have been buying their Christmas trees here from the Forestry Commission for many years.’

For more information about the event visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/christmas-fair.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Animal accidents on the rise in New Forest

The New Forest National Park Authority and Verderers are asking drivers to be more careful when driving through the New Forest, following a surge of animal accidents during November.

During the first two weeks of November there were 20 accidents, including five fatalities, three injuries and two hit and runs; 19 of these accidents happened in the dark.

Nigel Matthews, Community & Visitor Services Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We want to urge drivers to be more alert. Drivers should look out for dark-coloured ponies which are often more difficult to see, especially at night. It is important to drive at a sensible speed, give animals a wide berth and make sure you can stop if one steps out onto the road at the last minute. Ponies have no road sense so it is up to the driver to take precautions and slow down when necessary.

‘It’s not just the animals that are at risk in an accident. Even at moderate speeds, the results could be catastrophic for your passengers and vehicle too.’

Sue Westwood, Clerk to the Verderers, said: ‘This is the worst spate of animal accidents for a long time. We are disappointed and want to remind people once again to be more vigilant when driving through the Forest.  If vehicles are coming towards you, slow down, so that you can see and have time to react if an animal steps out or crosses the road in front of you.  It is particularly difficult to see an animal that comes from the right-hand side when you are driving as your vision is compromised by the lights of oncoming vehicles.

‘Hit and runs are the most distressing of accidents – it’s vital that you report an accident straight away. Anyone who gives information leading to the successful prosecution of a driver, who fails to report an accident with a commoners’ animal, can claim a reward of up to £1000.

‘In recent years a number of drivers have been successfully prosecuted for failing to stop and report an accident with a Forest animal and the Verderers have paid several rewards.’

Driving tips:

  • Be ready to stop - ponies may step out even when they’ve seen you approaching
  • Slow down, especially at night and when other cars are approaching with their headlights on
  • Give animals grazing by the side of the road a wide berth
  • Take extra care when there are animals on the verges on both sides of the road – they may cross to join their friends.
  • Remember that deer easily jump the fences alongside roads like the A337, A31 and A35 and when there is one deer more will usually follow
  • The faster you are going, the greater the damage will be to the animal, your car and your passengers - start your journey early so you don’t have to hurry.


If you witness an accident:
If you witness or are involved in an accident involving a pony, donkey, cow, pig or sheep, call the Police (999 for an emergency or 101 if it’s not an emergency). Animal emergency hotline cards also give you the numbers to call if you see sick, injured or distressed animals. Cards are available from garages and Local Information Points across the New Forest. To stock the cards contact the New Forest National Park Authority at enquiries@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

New Forest Walks - Ashurst to Brockenhurst Video

Whether you are a local or visitor to the New Forest, this video on New Forest Walks will take you on a real life hike from Ashurst to Brockenhurst. I found the quality of the video not that clever but the guide and commentry are excellent and a must see for anyone interested in viewing the inner depths of the Forest.

The walk starts near to the campsite at Ashurst and ends with the guide consuming a pint at a well known Pub at Brockenhurst - great way to finish a walk :)

Children will love this walk as it will put them directly in touch with nature and a very good chance of spotting Deer and other wildlife - so come on Mum and Dad, get those wellies on and get out and enjoy one of our New Forest Walks with the kids.


This video has been made to accompany a text-only guide at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A30036962 as part of the h2g2 AViators project.

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Twenty splendid short country walks in the New Forest National Park
The New Forest is the jewel of Hampshire's crown. Relatively unchanged for centuries, it continues to provide wonderful opportunities for the walker to experience both its unique woodland and rare wildlife. The New Forest is a working, living landscape consisting of peaceful lawns and wild heather moorland, all of which set it apart as a place for the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Its proximity to the commuter belt of the south east means that it is ideally placed for weekend walks, while it continues to attract visitors from much further afield, who come to stay and explore the area for a week or two. Read more...

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

New Forest Tour receives global tourism award

The New Forest Tour is celebrating after being awarded a highly commended at the 2012 Virgin Holiday Responsible Tourism Awards – the Oscars of the responsible tourism industry.

New Forest Tour Bus on the Green Route
The Tour received its commendation in the Best Responsible Transport category, beating stiff competition from around the world. There were over 1,600 nominations for a number of categories that were whittled down by a carefully selected panel of industry experts.

David Harrison, Lead Member for Transport at the New Forest National Park, said: ‘The New Forest Tour partners were delighted to be recognised for such a high profile award. The Tour plays an important role in reducing the impact of traffic and transport on the special qualities of the National Park and provides a memorable experience for thousands of customers during the summer months. I am delighted that the growth and on-going success of the Tour has been recognised in this way.

‘In 2011 the Tour saved over 147,000 private car miles and its customers generated a contribution of nearly £500,000 to the local economy. Its popularity led to the 2012 operation being extended for a further six weeks.’

Justin Francis, founder of The Responsible Tourism Awards and Managing Director of responsibletravel.com, said: ‘Once again we reveal the responsible tourism agenda-setters, the remarkable winners of the Responsible Tourism Awards. We've cast the net far and wide and received over 1,000 nominations for organisations of all sizes and types globally. It gives me great confidence that responsible tourism is flourishing, and provides further inspiration for our industry.’

Amanda Wills, Managing Director, Virgin Holidays, headline sponsor of the Awards said: ‘The Responsible Tourism Awards serve to remind us of what can be achieved with ingenuity, passion and commitment. They are also an opportunity for us to stop, be inspired, and remember why being 'responsible' in business should be - must be - second nature.’

The Awards were presented on World Responsible Tourism Day at the World Travel Market in London.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Sandy Balls Camping Caravan Park Holiday Reviews

Are you looking for the perfect family camping holiday resort in the heart of the New Forest? Then I would seriously consider Sandy Balls Camping Caravan Park Holiday Centre. Perfect for Mum and Dad and the kids.

Whether you want to unwind and relax with an intimate break for two or are looking for a fun-filled family adventure - Sandy Balls Camping Holiday Centre is the perfect choice.

Nestled in 120 acres of peaceful woods and parkland Sandy Balls offers all its visitors a home from home in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Open all year round it's the perfect base from which to explore the changing seasons. Touring and camping pitches or ReadyTents, modern holiday homes or a choice of fantastic forest lodges.

So many activities like walking, cycling, fishing, swimming, horse riding, Kayaking and Canoeing, Archery, Golf and much, much more.

Relax and unwind - Take some time out for some real pampering. From a simple manicure or pedicure to a full body massage treatment, their beauty suite is your one-stop-relaxation and beauty treatment drop-in.

Whether you fancy eating in, dining out, grabbing a quick bite or you need something for the road – you'll find all you need at Sandy Balls New Forest Holiday Centre in the heart of the New Forest.

Why not take a minute and watch the video below to get an insight into what Sandy Balls Camping and Caravan Park is all about.

Video Acknowledgement: www.thenewforest.co.uk
which also is a great website for New Forest Activities

Of course, the best place to get full information is to visit the Sandy Balls Camping Caravan Park Holiday website.

Recommended Reading:
Caravan & Camping Britain 2011 (AA Caravan and Camping)
New Forest National Park: Short Walks

Camping Campsites and Caravanning in the New Forest Directory Reviews

Editors Remarks: I have had many requests from my Twitter Followers and Blog Readers asking for recommendations for camping venues in the New Forest area and I hope that this post and others will help them make an informed choice when booking their future holidays. If you have stayed at Sandy Balls New Forest Holiday Centre, then please do give your experiences in the Comments Box below. Many thanks.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

New Forest's oldest living inhabitants

Moyles Court Oak near Rockford
Moyles Court Oak near Rockford
is estimated to be around 400 years old
and will be featured in the exhibition
They witnessed the Roundheads fighting the Cavaliers during the English Civil War, Elizabeth I defeating the Spanish Armada, and survived being used for ship building during the Napoleonic Wars.

Now for the first time you can find out more about the New Forest’s ancient trees – some of which are reputed to be over 1,000 years old – in an interactive exhibition.

The month long display at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst is sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery and attempts to unravel the mystery of these ancient trees.

Bryan Wilson, Senior Tree Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The New Forest is of exceptional importance for ancient and veteran trees. It has a greater concentration than anywhere else in Western Europe – nearly 1,500 trees have been recorded and we know there are more to find.

‘They can be discovered almost anywhere. However, the greatest numbers survive within the Ancient and Ornamental New Forest woodlands that once formed a great medieval hunting ground which remains remarkably intact to this day.’

The exhibition runs from 20 October to 25 November 2012 at the New Forest Centre which is open every day from 10am- 4.30pm.

To view ancient trees already recorded in the New Forest visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/planning/trees/ancient-trees/map

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Drive safely across the New Forest this winter

People who regularly drive across the New Forest are being urged to drive extra carefully this winter.

new forest ponies road accident prevention

The New Forest National Park Authority and the Verderers want to remind people to be extra vigilant on their way to and from work; particularly after the clocks go back at the end of October.

Nigel Matthews, Community & Visitor Services Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘It can often take a while for people to adjust to the darker evenings and there is usually a significant rise in accidents in November.

‘A lot of ponies wear reflective collars but many don’t, so drivers should look out for dark-coloured ponies which are often more difficult to see. It is important to drive at a sensible speed, within the 40mph limit, when safe to do so and to make sure you can stop if an animal steps onto the road at the last minute. Ponies have no road sense so it is up to the driver to be extra cautious.

‘It’s not just the animals that are at risk in an accident. If the driver is speeding the results could be catastrophic for their passengers and vehicle too.’

Head Agister, Jonathan Gerrelli, added: ‘Now is a timely reminder that we all need to be extra careful when driving in the New Forest.  It is the law to report all accidents as soon as possible. However 31 accidents were not reported last year which resulted in unnecessary suffering for the animals.  Anyone who gives information leading to a successful prosecution can claim a reward of up to £1,000.

‘The Verderers have issued several rewards in recent years and a number of drivers have been successfully prosecuted for failing to stop and report an accident with a Forest animal.

‘Drivers who do report accidents are unlikely to be prosecuted, but if a driver fails to report an accident and is caught, the Verderers will always encourage the police to prosecute and the police are generally very willing to do so.’

Driving tips:
  • Be ready to stop - ponies may step out even when they’ve seen you approaching
  • Drive slowly, especially at night and when other cars are approaching with their headlights on
  • Give animals grazing by the side of the road a wide berth
  • Take extra care when there are animals on the verges on both sides of the road – they may cross to join their friends.
  • Remember that deer easily jump the fences alongside roads like the A337, A31 and A35 and when there is one deer more will usually follow
  • The faster you are going, the greater the damage will be to the animal, your car and your passengers - start your journey early so you don’t have to hurry.
If you witness an accident:
If you witness or are involved in an accident involving a pony, donkey, cow, pig or sheep, call the Police (999 for an emergency or 101 if it’s not an emergency). Animal emergency hotline cards also give you the numbers to call if you see sick, injured or distressed animals. Cards are available from garages and Local Information Points across the New Forest. To stock the cards contact the New Forest National Park Authority at enquiries@newforestnpa.gov.uk


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

New Forest Hotels raises £4,800 towards local conservation

After launching the visitor gift scheme 6 months ago, New Forest Hotels have successfully raised £4,800 for the New Forest Trust. The funds will go towards the conservation, protection and improvement of the New Forest.



The Visitor Gift Scheme is supported by a number of local companies, with the money raised a vital income going towards local organisations as well as the forest. We have raised this impressive amount by asking our guests to donate a voluntary £1 on departure. Our sister pub, The Drift Inn, also donates a penny from every pint sold to the scheme.

Chairman of the New Forest Trust, Rick Manley, says “The Visitor Gift Scheme is now an integral part in helping the New Forest. It is great to see that New Forest Hotels have been so successful with collecting donations. Thank you to all the staff at the hotels, alongside the generous customers which have donated.”

Michaela Lisle, Managing Director of New Forest Hotels, says “It is great to help such a local charity, our customers visit the New Forest to enjoy its vast beauty so it is important that we help maintain this. Our guests have responded very well when being told about the donation. They enjoy the areas so are more than happy to help. We aim to continue to raise as much money as possible and look forward to hearing how the money is going to be used.”

For more news about New Forest Hotels visit www.newforesthotels.co.uk/news/index.aspx

Friday, 5 October 2012

NFNPA News - Eco property open day in the New Forest National Park

Woodcutters Bashley
Find out how to save money on your energy bills at the second free ‘Green Open Doors’ weekend.

From 20-21 October people with properties in the New Forest which have embraced renewable technologies will be opening their doors.

Properties are based across the Forest at Ashurst, Bashley, Beaulieu Road, Boldre, Fordingbridge and Lymington.

Andy Brennan, Sustainable Development Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Green Open Doors is an opportunity for home owners to showcase the benefits of green technology. This year we have a range of properties which are successfully using solar panels, biomass boilers, eco-lighting, insulation and ground source heat pumps.

‘Those who are interested can come along, speak to home owners, see how the technology works and get first hand feedback and advice.’

For more information on property locations and opening times visit: http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/greenopendoors

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

2012 Wessex CIPR PRide Awards NFNP Authority Gold Winners

The New Forest National Park Authority is celebrating after receiving an external publications ‘oscar’ for its newspaper Park life.

From left to right: New Forest Post Senior Ad Manager Jo London; Newsquest Hampshire Regional Ad Manager Shelley Gorman; New Forest National Park Authority Communications Manager Hilary Makin; New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes; New Forest National Park Authority Communications Officer Karen Evans-McDaid gain gold at the CIPR Wessex Awards for Best External Publication Park life.
The National Park Authority was named gold winner in the Best External Publication category of the 2012 Wessex and Channel Islands Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards, announced at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

This year saw over 100 of the region’s leading public relations practitioners attend the annual awards ceremony, hosted by Capital FM South Coast's breakfast show presenter Zoe Hanson.

The National Park Authority worked with Newsquest to revamp the design of Park life and include it in the distribution of the New Forest Post newspaper which, with advertising, cut costs by almost 50%. It also distributes around 15,000 additional copies each year at events and community outlets around the Forest and is available online at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/living-in/park-life.

New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes said: ‘Park life is packed full of news, events and information about how to get involved in caring for the National Park. It is an important way to talk to residents and visitors about the work we are doing to protect this spectacular landscape, help people to understand and enjoy the area, and to support its communities. We’re delighted that this has been recognised by the CIPR Pride Awards.’

The CIPR PRide Awards, sponsored nationally by Precise, PRWeek and RedBrand, received over 1,000 entries from freelancers, consultancies and in-house teams across 12 UK regions and nations. The judging process for the PRide Awards is rigorous with a national panel of industry experts assessing the shortlisted entries and choosing the winners. The 2012 Chairs of Judges, Gill Dandy FCIPR, Senior Consultant at The Centre for Strategy and Communication, and Chris Genasi FCIPR, Senior Consultant at APCO Worldwide, assisted in ensuring a fair and consistent judging process.

The award commendation read: ‘The campaign brief was clear and well thought out. They understood their target audience and used several tactics to get their message across. Innovative use of external advertising meant that they were able to reduce their overall costs. The achievement of nearly 50% in cost reduction is to be congratulated.’

CIPR CEO, Jane Wilson MCIPR, said: ‘The Wessex and Channel Islands CIPR PRide Awards celebrate the best PR and communications campaigns and teams from across the region. The sheer number of high quality entries received this year, especially when things are still pretty tough out there economically, is testament to a thriving regional industry. The CIPR PRide Awards represent the best, most creative and most effective public relations work across the UK and to win an award is a great achievement.’

The CIPR is the professional body for public relations and public affairs practitioners in the UK. With 9,000 members involved in all aspects of public relations, it is the largest body of its type in Europe.

The full list of the 2012 Wessex and Channel Islands PRide Awards winners can be accessed via the CIPR website.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Local traders wanted for New Forest Christmas Fair

If you sell delicious tasty food or crafty gifts and would like to be part of a Christmas Fair nestled amongst the trees at New Park in Brockenhurst then the New Forest Marque would like to hear from you.

From Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 December, New Park will be buzzing with visitors who will be buying their Forestry Commission Christmas trees, enjoying mulled wine or a hot chocolate and looking for great food and interesting or unusual presents.

The Garlic Farm at an event
Already attending is The Garlic Farm from the Isle of Wight - which specialises in a large variety of garlic, oils and dressings - and the Drift Inn at Beaulieu which is proud to use local produce and showcases a varied menu including New Forest Marque ingredients.

Linda Applegate, Events Co-ordinator at The Garlic Farm, said: 'We have been coming to the New Forest Show for many years and we are looking forward to the opportunity to be part of the first  Christmas Fair.  It is a great location and we can't wait to showcase our brand new gift packs - new for this year is The Garlic Farm's garlic beer presentation pack, complete with a Garlic Farm branded pint glass - the perfect gift for a garlic or beer lover!’

Bethany Landa, from the Drift Inn, added: ‘We attended the New Forest Show for the first time this year and it was a great success. We look forward to being a part of the Fair and showcasing all the Christmas events we have going on. We will also be giving customers the chance to try some of our delicious homemade food – it will be a great, festive, weekend.’

‘Last year over 2,000 Christmas trees and holly wreaths were sold at New Park during December,’ said Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager and Fair co-ordinator. ‘We know that there will be lots of people buying Christmas trees, so New Park is guaranteed to be busy.

‘There is a brass band, carol singers and refreshments already lined up. We now want to get more local producers and craft makers involved to showcase the variety of Christmas food and gifts on offer in the New Forest National Park.’

Gary North, Recreation Manager at the Forestry Commission, said: ‘All of the Forestry Commission’s trees are grown especially for Christmas on plantations in the UK and more trees are planted every year than harvested. We guarantee a quality product and our helpful and expert team of staff will be on hand to help people choose and wrap their perfect tree to take home.’

If you are a trader and would like to be part of the Christmas Fair, visit http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/visiting/whats-on/christmas-fair for contact details and application forms.

Monday, 24 September 2012

New Forest residents urged to report flood hotspots

NEW Forest residents are being urged to help Hampshire County Council prepare the county against flooding.

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, the council now has a new role as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), which involves managing the flood risk related to groundwater, surface water and watercourse flooding.

The Environment Agency remains responsible for coastal and river flooding.

As part of the council’s role, it is developing a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and needs residents to highlight flooding hotspots in their area.

Read full report: Residents urged to report flood hotspots (From Salisbury Journal)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

New Forest Tour season extended to Sunday 14th October

Due to popular demand, and the most successful August ever, the New Forest Tour has been extended to Sunday 14 October.

Family enjoying a New Forest Tour
Now visitors have an extra four weeks to explore the New Forest National Park and take in the spectacular views of its stunning landscape on the open top buses.

The hop on, hop off Tour is the perfect way to explore the New Forest whilst leaving the car at home. The Tour has two interchangeable routes that stop at key villages and tourist attractions and there is room onboard for bikes. New for this year is a GPS activated commentary for passengers to find out more about the history and culture of the Forest.

The green route visits Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst, Beaulieu and Lymington and stops at the National Motor Museum, and Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway.

The red route stops at popular holiday destination Sandy Balls Holiday Park at Godshill, plus Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Burley, Ringwood and, for the first time, goes through the centre of Fordingbridge.

David Harrison, Lead Member for Transport at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Feedback from this year’s New Forest Tour has been fantastic. In August the service carried over 15,000 passengers – our most successful month to date. Not only is it a great contributor to the local economy but reduces the number of  cars on New Forest roads too.

‘In 2011 over 147,000 private car miles were saved by the Tour and its customers generated a contribution of nearly £500,000 to the local economy. We are on course for more success in 2012.’

New Forest Tour customers receive a New Forest Tour Official Guide, which includes a Brand New Forest card with offers available at businesses along the route, including places to eat and drink, shops, and attractions.

A range of flexible ticket options is available including a two-day ticket valid on both routes (adults £14), and group tickets for up to five people at £28 a day.

For more information visit about routes, ticket options and timetables visit www.thenewforesttour.info

Further reading: New Forest Wildlife

Sunday, 26 August 2012

NFNPA - Sculpture unveiling marks beginning of national pilot project celebrating New Forest rivers

Becton Bunny, Jacobs Gutter, Highland Water and Dark Water - these are just some of the streams in the New Forest which are as fascinating as their names.

Now the New Forest National Park Authority has received a Defra awarded grant to devise a way for whole communities to work together for the benefit of their local rivers, streams and coastine, with the results contributing to a nationwide rollout.

The Millings Chandelier
by Trudi Lloyd Williams
at The Mill, Gordleton.
The project was launched with the unveiling of a striking sculpture entitled the ‘Millings Chandelier’ at The Mill at Gordleton Hotel & Restaurant on Sunday (August 19).

The Mill, at Silver Street, Hordle near Lymington, and which sits on the Avon Water, features a range of sculptures by high profile local and national artists. This latest dramatic addition by Lymington-based Trudi Lloyd-Williams is suspended across the river. It is made from upcycled waste from the hotel and restaurant - glass and plastic bottles and copper from water pipes and a hot water tank. - in keeping with the ethos of the business, which incorporates many environmentally-friendly practices.

Trudi has often used rivers as her inspiration for sculptures including a series of planted rafts for her Master’s degree floating on the River Lavant at West Dean College, West Sussex, and for a client in London.

She said: ‘I find the whole aspect of water, rivers and flooding fascinating, particularly where we live with the coastal area and the effect of the sea.

‘It’s the first time I have suspended a piece over the river, which is a very volatile stretch and can go up and down by over two metres!’

Liz Cottingham, owner of The Mill at Gordleton, said: ‘The river and caring for the environment is at the heart of my business and I love seeing the seasons change, so having a sculpture reflecting the river is a perfect addition to our range of pieces in the garden.

‘I am delighted the National Park is leading on this project to encourage more people to connect with their rivers as we do, and to collectively come up with a plan to sustain them.’

New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes said: ‘Rivers and streams are vital in sustaining our internationally-important and unique New Forest habitats which are home to a wide variety of wildlife species, many of which are rare.

‘We will be working with national charity Pond Conservation and local communities to look at what they value about their rivers, streams and coastline, what the main issues are and how we can work together to tackle them.

‘This beautiful sculpture is a real celebration of the river at The Mill and we hope a whole range of people and organisations will join us in valuing this precious resource and improving it for the future.’

The New Forest River Catchment Project is trialling a new locally-based approach to working with stakeholders to achieve a greater appreciation of the water environment and commitment to joint projects to improve it. The initial phase is now under way and has already started to talk with local partners and communities, with a report due by the end of the year. Work is currently concentrating on the Becton Bunny at Barton-on-Sea and the Sowley and Hatchet streams with their associated small lakes near Beaulieu. If this approach is successful we hope it will be continued to cover the other New Forest streams and coastline.

To have your say on the priorities for improvements to the New Forest’s water environment in general or one of the streams mentioned, or if you would like to be considered for any future practical volunteer opportunities, email wildlife@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

For more details visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/looking-after/wildlife/catchment-project

New Forest Streams:

  • Becton Bunny - at Barton-on-sea
  • Jacobs Gutter - at Totton
  • Highland Water - at Brockenhurst
  • Dark Water - at Lepe

Further reading: New Forest Wildlife

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

NFNPA - Discover the New Forest National Park in a day

Put Thursday 23 August in your diary for a jam-packed day of excitement, events and everything you ever wanted to know about the New Forest National Park.

This free event from 10:30am-4pm at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst will be bursting with children’s activities; guided walks around Lyndhurst and the Open Forest; tours of the historic Verderers’ Court which has been in place since the 13 century; games and an opportunity to visit the gardens of the historic Queen’s House.

To celebrate, the New Forest Tour is offering free travel to children from five to 15 years old on 23 August for one day only - a saving of £5 per child. The Tour has a handy stop just outside the New Forest Centre.

Gillie Hayball, Lead Ranger at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This is a great day for everyone to come along to. It offers a taster of what the New Forest has to offer and gives people an insight into the Forest’s ancient traditions and unique way of life.

‘With the New Forest Tour offering free travel for children it allows visitors to the New Forest Centre to explore even further afield, experience unparalleled views of the New Forest, and the chance to leave their car at home.’

Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager, said: ‘We are pleased to be working in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority to offer such a great day of activities. The New Forest Centre is the perfect place to start your visit to the New Forest.’

For more information about the event visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/visiting/whats-on/discover-your-national-park and for the New Forest Tour timetable go to www.thenewforesttour.info

Further reading: New Forest Wildlife

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

NFNPA - New Forest Tour advert aims to reduce animal accidents

A new ad campaign on this year’s New Forest Tour to remind drivers to look out for animals on roads in the north of the Forest is sure to catch people’s attention.

Last year there were 46 road traffic accidents involving commoners’ animals on the B3078 and B3079. These busy roads across the north of the New Forest bucked the overall trend of fewer accidents.

Now, for the first time, the entire back of one of the New Forest Tour’s open top buses carries an image of ponies at sunset with the slogan ‘Ponies don’t dent they die’, written by 14-year-old Oliver Smith, who won the 2011 competition ‘saving ponies through art’. Oliver was delighted to hear that his slogan is once again hitting the headlines. He said: ‘First it was a poster, then road signs and now it’s on the back of a bus!’

Nigel Matthews, Community and Visitor Services Manager at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This year has got off to a good start. The number of animal accidents across the Open Forest by the end of June was only 40, compared to 64 in the same period last year.

‘However, we wanted to remind drivers in the north to be careful. The image on the bus by photographer Mike Read reminds us that animals are on the road day and night.’

Head Agister Jonathan Gerrelli said: ‘It is the law to report all accidents as soon as possible, and within 24 hours. However 31 accidents were not reported last year. Not only is this distressing for the injured animal but also for the Agisters - we work long hours in often difficult circumstances. It is our job to find the animal and often to end its suffering. Failure to report an accident promptly may result in unnecessary suffering to the animal - something which could lead the Police to take further action.’

Graham Ferris, Chairman of the Commoners Defence Association, said: ‘The Commoners’ animals are vital to the New Forest since their grazing keeps the Forest the way we have all come to appreciate. The animals have right of way and don’t understand that cars are dangerous. By reminding drivers to watch out for the animals, we hope to reduce the number of accidents.’

The New Forest Tour is the perfect way to promote safe driving around the Forest. Not only is it seen by thousands of people but one of its main purposes is to reduce traffic on New Forest roads.

This specially-branded New Forest Tour bus is on the new red route which travels through Sandy Balls Holiday Centre at Godshill, Ashurst, Lyndhurst, Burley, Ringwood, and for the first time through the centre of Fordingbridge until 16 September.

If you witness or are involved in an accident involving a pony, donkey, cow, pig or sheep, call the Police (999 for an emergency or 101 if it’s not an emergency). Animal emergency hotline cards also give you the numbers to call if you see sick, injured or distressed animals. Cards are available from garages and Local Information Points across the New Forest. To stock the cards contact the New Forest National Park Authority at enquiries@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

For New Forest Tour route maps and timetables visit www.thenewforesttour.info

Further reading: New Forest Wildlife

Monday, 6 August 2012

NFNPA - Exploring the wonders of New Forest coast

Celebrate South East Marine Week by rolling up your trousers and getting wet exploring the New Forest coastline at Lepe Country Park.

Marine Wonders is a free event next Thursday and Friday (9-10 August) from 10am-4pm that offers an abundance of things to do and has something on offer for all ages.

This year will have rescue sessions of life-size dolphin and seal models with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue group.

There will be three beach safaris each morning at low tide to search for the ‘wonders’ of the sea such as crabs, anemones, brittle stars and barnacles.

You will also have the opportunity to speak to rangers and wildlife experts about how to identify creatures from this unique environment and be able to impress your family and friends with your newly-acquired knowledge.

The day will be jam-packed with activities including storytelling, clay modelling, travelling back in time with our archaeological treasure chest, exploring a marine grotto, making a shingle sculpture and an opportunity to try our ‘Fishy Quiz’ with top prizes drawn from a hat.

Leanne Atkinson, Education Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This event is the perfect way to explore our coastline above and below the water. The New Forest coast is buzzing with wildlife and has a great history. We want people to come along and find out more about this fantastic area of the New Forest.’

The event is organised in partnership with Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

For more information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/visiting/whats-on/marine-wonders

Further reading: New Forest Wildlife

Friday, 27 July 2012

NFNPA receive wildlife £45,000 funding from New Forest RDPE

Comma Butterfly in the New Forest
Wildlife hotspots and important habitats will be the focus of a new project in the New Forest thanks to European funding.

The New Forest National Park Authority has received just over £45,000 from the New Forest RDPE (Rural Development Programme for England) Leader Programme for a one year pilot project to work with a small number of local community groups and parish councils to develop community wildlife plans.

The wildlife plans will identify habitats such as grassland, hedgerows, ponds, rivers and woodland and the wildlife species that live in them. The aim is to help local residents better understand the importance of where they live and how changes in wildlife management and restoration projects will enhance these areas.

The parishes of Godshill, Hordle, Landford, Marchwood, Milford on Sea, New Milton and West Wellow have been chosen as pilot areas. In each area community wildlife champions will receive training from a project officer and work with the Land Advice Service to lead survey work and become local experts on natural environment issues.

Kathryn Boler, External Funding Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This project will help New Forest communities to better understand the wildlife around them so that they can help to protect key habitats and species in future years.

‘It is a great opportunity for people with an interest in wildlife to get involved and find out what is on their doorstep.’

Sally Igra, New Forest RDPE (Leader) Programme Manager at New Forest District Council, said: ‘The local action group was very pleased to support this project which will help residents of the New Forest to gain a better knowledge of the wildlife in their parishes.’

Further reading: New Forest Wildlife

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Burley Manor Riding Stables in heart of New Forest

For those visitors that have been tweeting about horse riding stables, may we suggest Burley Manor Riding Stables. The Burley Manor Riding Stables is set in the grounds of the Burley Manor Hotel, open to non-residents.

Situated in the quaint little village of Burley, with it’s pubs tea rooms, cycle hire, wagon rides and deer safari. Offering 1 and 2 hour rides as well as special events like our pub rides.

They cater for complete beginners up to the more advanced rider. Riders are welcome from the age of 4 years and above, and our maximum weight limit is 19-20 stone.

Your ride will take you out in to the beautiful New Forest National Park, and will allow you to take in the wonderful views, and see the wild ponies and other animals that inhabit the Forest.

Visit their website for more details: Burley Manor Riding Stables

YouTube Video: Horse riding through the New Forest

Video by woodzymike


Learn more about: The New Forest

NFNPA Discover the ‘New Forest in a nutshell’

Have you ever wondered how many ponies there are in the New Forest? How was the New Forest created? What special creatures live here?

Find out the answers to all these questions and more at the New Forest National Park Authority’s ‘New Forest in a nutshell’ events.

Designed for visitors and residents new to the area, or those who just want to know a little bit more about the Forest, the series of events is hosted by a National Park Authority Ranger. You will be guided on a gentle stroll from the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst to take in the stunning scenery and learn about the New Forest’s unique history and the iconic New Forest pony.

After the walk visitors will be given a bumper pack of information including the National Park pocket guide and free entry to the New Forest Centre, a museum which is packed with information about the New Forest’s fascinating traditions, wildlife and culture.

The Centre also has a gallery featuring a New Forest open art exhibition until 3 September, a large gift shop and a Visitor Information Centre.

Gillie Hayball, Lead Ranger, said: ‘Our rangers can tell you about lots of unusual aspects of the New Forest which many visitors and even residents don’t get to hear about. Then afterwards you can enjoy the New Forest Centre’s excellent museum.’

The events run from 1:00pm-3:00pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday 2 August
  • Thursday 9 August
  • Thursday 16 August
  • Thursday 30 August

Places cost £8 per adult, £2 under 16s, free for under 5s and £5 for Friends of the New Forest Centre.

Your free entry into the New Forest Centre, worth £4, can be taken at any time after the New Forest in a Nutshell event.

Book your place today by calling the New Forest Centre on 023 8028 3444 or visit www.newforestcentre.org.uk

YouTube Video: New Forest Ponies by SiolaKob

More Information: New Forest Ponies

Cannonball 2000 Beaulieu make Dreams Come True

Sunday 29th July Cannonballers in a variety of prestige cars, will gather at the James Bond – Bond in Motion exhibition at the Beaulieu Motor Museum to provide a fun-filled dream day out for beneficiary children and their families from charity Dreams Come True (dctc.org.uk) ahead of the first ever Cannonball 2000 event from 5th – 9th September.

Cannonball owners will showcase a variety of cars to the Dreams Come True children and their families a few weeks prior to embarking on a 2,000 mile journey over five days from London to Paris, via Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Milan, raising funds for Dreams Come True one of the chosen charities of Beaulieu Motor museum.

The Cannonball 2000 Dreams Come True James Bond event is open to members of the public visiting Beaulieu Motor Museum on Sunday 29th July.  Some of the cars on show from the Cannonballers will include a Maserati Gran Cabrio, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari California and an Aston Martin DB9, alongside a variety of cars seen in the James Bond films, giving the Dreams Come True children a wide variety of supercars to explore and enjoy.

Bond Stunt Driver Ray Deehan will meet the children to talk about stunt driving, car chases and film sequences.   Children will enjoy lunch and be able to meet model Katie Green and her partner Nathan who will attend in their Aston Martin DB9 along with Dreams Come True supporters TV presenter Melissa Porter and model, muse and TV presenter Hofit Golan.

Read rest of article at EasierCars website: Cannonball 2000 to make Dreams Come True at Beaulieu

Before you go, why not watch the Cannonball 2000 Launch Movie
On 5th September 2012 fifty supercars driven by a myriad of celebrities and prestige car owners will embark on a 2,000 mile journey over five days taking them from London to Paris, via Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Milan, raising funds for children's charity Dreams Come True (www.dctc.org.uk).


YouTube Video: PPR Media Solutions

Learn more about: Beaulieu Motor Museum

Monday, 23 July 2012

Green Flag Recovery - Win weekend break in New Forest

Green Flag Recovery is encouraging you to discover our nation's most breathtaking secrets by giving you the chance to win a short break for two to the postcard-perfect New Forest in Hampshire.

To celebrate their latest campaign: Notes from Hidden Britain, Green Flag has teamed up with The Telegraph to offer you the chance to discover the idyllic New Forest.

This fantastic trip includes travel for two people, two nights accommodation at the Burley Manor Hotel – close to Ringwood, inside the designated New Forest National Park – breakfast each morning, plus a three course meal in the hotel restaurant on an evening of your choice.

For full details and entry go to: Win a weekend break with Green Flag Recovery to the stunning New Forest

Learn more: New Forest Hampshire UK

New Forest B&B Resources and Reviews

Due to public demand, I have compiled a number of New Forest B&B resources and short reviews. Just follow the links to each website and make an informed comparison of accommodation available throughout the New Forest. As time goes by, we will be adding to the list below, so do bookmark for future reference.

New Forest Bed and Breakfast - This website features top quality Bed and Breakfast accommodation in and around the New Forest National Park in Hampshire in the UK.  There are many excellent Bed and Breakfasts or ‘B&B’ in the New Forest - family homes, garden hideaways, guest houses with up to 10 letting bedrooms and hotels with more than 50 bedrooms.

The New Forest (Offical Visitors Site) - The New Forest has an extensive choice of superb holiday accommodation from 5 star international award winning luxury hotels, cosy bed and breakfasts or your very own holiday cottage, you will undoubtedly find something to suit you. Entertaining the whole family? Then visit one of our holiday parks or get back to nature and pitch a tent at one of the many camping sites in the heart of the forest.

New Forest B&B - The simplest and very comprehensive place for you to find somewhere to stay, things to do, places to eat and offers the in beautiful New Forest National Park and New Forest accommodation.

Forest Edge Bed & Breakfast - Our ‘Forest Edge’ Bed and Breakfast is situated in a delightful courtyard surrounded by a rose garden, lawns and paddocks, creating a little hamlet of its own. It is in an ideal spot for a peaceful and relaxing holiday and a great location for touring the whole of the New Forest region.

More useful resources: New Forest B&B and other Accommodation

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Twenty splendid short country walks in the New Forest National Park
The New Forest is the jewel of Hampshire's crown. Relatively unchanged for centuries, it continues to provide wonderful opportunities for the walker to experience both its unique woodland and rare wildlife. The New Forest is a working, living landscape consisting of peaceful lawns and wild heather moorland, all of which set it apart as a place for the peaceful enjoyment of nature. Its proximity to the commuter belt of the south east means that it is ideally placed for weekend walks, while it continues to attract visitors from much further afield, who come to stay and explore the area for a week or two. Read more...

NFNPA - Our Land Environment Promise

Tourism businesses who have made a commitment to protecting the New Forest attended a training day organised by the NFNPA (New Forest National Park Authority).

Those who have signed up to ‘Our Land’ an interactive website have made a ‘promise’ to care for and promote the landscape, environment and community and to ensure their customers do the same.

Their day started with a journey on the New Forest Tour’s new red route visiting Burley, Ringwood, Fordingbridge and Ashurst. Whilst on board they listened to commentary about the culture and history of the area through a new GPS activated audio and learnt more about how important the Tour is to the local economy and reducing traffic on New Forest roads.

Businesses then visited the New Forest Cider Press tea rooms to learn about local New Forest Marque food and listened to a talk by Barry Topp, from New Forest Cider.

Paul McDaid, Our Land Project Officer, said: ‘The aim of Our Land is to develop memorable experiences for visitors which are linked to the special qualities of the National Park – protecting the landscape and benefiting the economy.

‘There will be a series of training days for Our Land members to encourage greater shared knowledge, promotion and understanding of the New Forest National Park. This in turn will benefit their customers who book accommodation with Our Land providers.’

Christine Bennett, member of Our Land and owner of Burgate Farmhouse near Fordingbridge, said: ‘It was a really great way of finding out more about the New Forest Tour and meet fellow businesses that have embraced the Our Land project.  We also picked up menus from the brilliant Cider Press tea rooms that we can give to our guests.  All in all the day was a huge success and we are looking forward to meeting the Our Land members again soon.’

The scheme is backed by nearly £1 million of Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funding and is being rolled out in nine protected landscapes in the South East of England.

Tourism business can join the site for free and benefit from marketing at a national scale. If you are interested in joining visit www.ourland.co.uk or email ourland@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

The New Forest Tour is running until the 16 September. A range of flexible ticket options is available including a two-day ticket valid on both routes (adults £14), and group tickets for up to five people of £28 a day visit www.thenewforesttour.info

NFNPA - Our Land: There are currently 50 businesses signed up to Our Land in the New Forest.

Further reading: New Forest Hampshire UK

New Forest Breaks - Lymington: a weekend away

It was due to the number of people asking for New Forest Breaks on my Twitter account that inspired me to make a search locally and came up with a very interesting article written by Tom Parry who is a news and features writer for the Daily Mirror. It gives a visitors account of Lymington as follows:

It was while walking past the tenth stall selling woollen slipper socks that I realised Lymington must be the OAP capital of Britain.

Beautiful cobbled street Lymington - Photo: Daily Mirror
There was also one vendor at the thriving Saturday morning market along the High Street selling “roll-on girdles”, which sound excruciating.

But I can happily report that the hundreds of pensioners who have settled in the Hampshire town have made an excellent choice.

Lymington, which sits on the edge of the New Forest National Park, is a gem – with a bustling port, cobbled lanes and gorgeous countryside.

Beautiful beaches, fat pheasants and so much more to explore on Hampshire coast.

Read the complete article at: Lymington: a weekend away on the edge of the New Forest

New Forest Breaks Recommended reading: New Forest Hampshire UK

NFNPA - Top marks for Education Team

Keeping you up-to-date with NFNPA local news

The term has ended and the New Forest National Park Authority Education Team’s end-of-year report is bursting with achievements.

The team of two has had a busy year visiting 60 schools and education providers and worked with 8,500 students aged between four and 24.

The year’s highlights include:

  • Attending nearly 30 infant and junior school assemblies and teaching approximately 5,000 students about ‘Emily the Alien’ whose home planet was destroyed by litter.
  • Introducing a new education session called ‘The Queen’s Larder’ in conjunction with the New Forest Marque for students to learn more about farming and food production in the New Forest.
  • Organising the first ever Greener Living Schools Day at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre in Fordingbridge. The team worked with 60 pupils from Arnewood, Burgate, Highcliffe, Hounsdown and Trafalgar schools. The day was designed for students to learn more about the New Forest and what it means to them.
  • Helping Ringwood School students take part in ‘Cook for the Queen’, a competition to celebrate The Queen’s Jubilee. Students learnt about the history of food in the New Forest to help inspire them to produce winning menus. Students came up with delicious dishes including brown trout roulade with watercress and horseradish, cake with gorse cordial and wild strawberries, and a forager’s fizz with bog myrtle.

Sue Palma, Education Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘The New Forest National Park is a fantastic education resource which enables learning in every curriculum area for all ages. The amazing diversity of the Forest inspires children to learn about and understand this wonderful place, ensuring that the National Park will be valued and cared for by the adults of tomorrow.’

Leanne Atkinson, fellow Education Officer, added: ‘When we deliver assemblies the students leave determined to make a difference. It is immensely gratifying to see children of all abilities enthused and involved in exploring their environment, often for the first time.

‘We are hard at work preparing education programmes for the new school year and looking forward to another exciting term meeting children in the National Park.’

If you are an educational organisation and you are interested in a visit from the New Forest National Park Authority Education team email sue.palma@newforestnpa.gov.uk

NFNPA have a duty to: Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park - Prosper.


Recommended reading: New Forest Hampshire UK

Thursday, 19 July 2012

New Forest Holiday Cottages - Beautiful Self Catering Holiday Cottages

A number of readers from far and abroad have asked me to recommend a New Forest Holiday Cottages company. Well here is my recommendation:

New Forest Cottages is the oldest and largest letting agency specialising in self catering holiday cottages in the historical New Forest area of the county of Hampshire in Southern England. With over 100 holiday cottages to choose from, you will find the perfect New Forest holiday with New Forest Cottages.

With self catering cottages and holiday homes throughout the New Forest, in and around the popular towns and villages of Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Burley, Hythe, Fordingbridge, Lymington, Lyndhurst, Milford on Sea and Ringwood, New Forest Cottages offer an unrivalled choice of holiday accommodation. Whether you are looking for a family holiday, a dog friendly cottage holiday, a group holiday or a romantic break, New Forest Cottages can offer a range of holiday cottages and holiday homes to suit your requirements.

Visit their website at:



Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Things to do in New Forest Hampshire on a shoe string

Recent research by charity ‘Family Action’ states that many families will be ‘stuck at home’ this summer as the cost of family day trips rocket.

However not all days out have to cost a fortune. The New Forest is full of events, activities and days out this summer that are free or low-cost.

Things to do:

  • Explore the New Forest National Park for free. Walking or cycling in the New Forest is free and there is no charge for parking in Forestry Commission car parks. There are routes to suit every ability.

For walking and cycling routes visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/visiting/what-to-do.

For a range of cycles and all ability bikes go to www.newforestcyclehire.co.uk.

  • Visit ‘A date with nature’ at the New Forest Reptile Centre just outside Lyndhurst until 2 September. Learn about birds of prey in the New Forest and see the action unfold on a live nest-cam. Afterwards walk round the Reptile Centre to see if you can spot natterjack toads, adders and more. The cost for car parking is a voluntary contribution.

For more information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/looking-after/wildlife/a-date-with-nature.

This is a joint project with the National Park Authority, Carnyx Wild, Forestry Commission and the RSPB.

  • Visit the National Park Explorer roadshows on 31 July and 7, 14, 21, 28 August for free fun-filled activities including: bug hunts, stream dipping, seashore safaris, craft activities, colouring, scavenger hunts, clay modelling and more.

For more information and locations visit http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/visiting/whats-on.

  • Head along to Lepe Country Park on 9-10 August for ‘Marine Wonders’, a two-day activity bonanza of trails, activities, crafts, beach safaris and rock pooling as we celebrate South East Marine Week on the New Forest coast.

Activities are free but car-parking charges apply. For more information visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/visiting/whats-on/marine-wonders.

This is a joint project with the New Forest National Park Authority, Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

  • Come to a ‘New Forest in a nutshell’ event at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst on either 2, 9, 16, 30 August and join a walk with a National Park Ranger.

The cost is £8 for adults, £2 for under 16s, free for under 5s and £5 for Friends of the New Forest Centre. This includes entry to the museum (worth £4) and free literature.

For more details visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/visiting/whats-on.

  • Take a trip on the New Forest Tour for unrivalled views of the New Forest National Park. Explore the New Forest on the interchangeable red and green routes on the hop on/hop off open-top bus.

When you purchase your ticket you will receive a Brand New Forest card that entitles you to discounts at various eateries and attractions across the New Forest.

A group ticket for five people is £28 and under 5s travel free. Both routes stop on the New Forest cycle network.

For timetables and bus routes visit www.thenewforesttour.info.

Family Action report ‘Breaking the Bank: Summer on a Shoestring
  • 54% of parents polled nationally plan to cut back on day trips this summer
  • because of money pressures
  • A week’s holiday away from home is out of reach for the majority of children
  • both in the squeezed middle and the very poorest households according to
  • Government statistics
  • The cost of day trips is equivalent to a week’s disposable income for some of
  • the poorest families helped by Family Action
For details visit www.family-action.org.uk

Learn more about the New Forest Hampshire UK