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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

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 ( 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 (

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


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 or email

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

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

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

For a range of cycles and all ability bikes go to

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

Learn more about the New Forest Hampshire UK

Monday, 16 July 2012

New Forest Show 2012 will go ahead as planned

As is always the way, rumour is rife, so it was felt essential for all the public to know that the New Forest & Hampshire County Show will definitely be taking place.

Massive improvements have been made to the access, site and showground in the past few years including the widening of access from different directions, new roads into the showground, as well as a network of hard standing roads inside around the site. The rings have been well aerated and are in excellent condition and the showground is looking pristine as no vehicles have been allowed on the grass, to ensure it is good condition for the Show.

Don’t forget the Show runs a continuous pay-as-you-go shuttle bus service from Brockenhurst station right into the showground all day from 0800, so let the train take the strain, and leave your cars behind!

The New Forest Agricultural Show Society is proud to be the host of your County Show so come and enjoy yourselves

To avoid the queue to get in, buy your tickets in advance, available on line at or by ringing the office on 01590 622409

Full details go to: New Forest & Hampshire County Show

More info...... New Forest Hampshire UK

James Bond Exhibition at Beaulieu Museum - 50 Vehicles 50 Years

Seen the films? Now is the time to experience the whole James Bond thing at Beaulieu Motor Museum. With fifty vehicles on display, BOND IN MOTION is the largest official collection of original Bond vehicles the world has ever seen. On display until the end of 2012 at the National Motor Museum, this could be your only chance to see these vehicles on display together.

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series and the 40th anniversary of the National Motor Museum (and the 60th anniversary of Beaulieu opening its doors to the public) and what better way to celebrate than with the biggest exhibition of James Bond vehicles ever staged?

Visit the National Motor Museum website for full details and booking:

More info..... James Bond

New Forest Marque Local Produce Members now 128 strong and growing!

A scheme designed to support local producers and farmers is celebrating after 13 new businesses have recently signed up.

The New Forest Marque is going from strength to strength and now has 128 members. Its aim is to help local producers and farmers promote their craft and produce under the distinctive banner of the New Forest Marque. It is the only scheme of its kind in the country and ensures that stringent standards have been adhered to.

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager, said: ‘This scheme is so important to local producers. The Marque helps shoppers identify quality New Forest produce, it lowers food miles and reduces the environmental impact of transporting food long distances and it also helps support the New Forest’s local economy by supporting local businesses and employment.

‘You can buy Marque produce all over the Forest - in local shops, neighbourhood stores, farm shops, farmers’ markets, pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels - just look for the logo.’

Paul Black from the Real Jam and Chutney Company Ltd who has recently joined the Marque, said: ‘We are pleased to be a member of the New Forest Marque and are looking forward to growing with it. We think that it’s very important for local businesses to support each other and to show the wealth this area has to offer.

‘We use New Forest Marque produce wherever possible and are currently using strawberries from New Forest Fruit, root vegetables from Sunnyfields and soft fruits and rhubarb from Dan Tanner at Sopley.’                                                                            

The latest businesses to join the New Forest Marque:
  • Cobley Wood Farm, Ringwood - free range pork, lamb and bronze turkeys
  • Granary Kitchen, Everton - cookery school and private dining
  • Logs R Us, Lymington - high quality dry oak logs for open fires or wood burners
  • New Forest Aromatics - candles, room fragrances, lip balms and reed diffusers
  • New Forest Bellows, Lyndhurst - makers of fireside bellows
  • Old Farmhouse restaurant and tea rooms , Burley - open every day for breakfast, coffee, lunch and cream teas
  • Parkside Produce, Fordingbridge - an artisan producer of home-made seasonal preserves
  • Real Jam and Chutney Company Ltd, Southampton - local produce jam
  • Ringwood Brewery, Ringwood - Hampshire based brewer of quality cask ales
  • Spout House Cakes, Boldre - specialising in rich brandy based fruit cake, rocky road and simnel cakes
  • The Bay Tree bed and breakfast - Milford on Sea
  • The Drift Inn, Beaulieu - Local ales, good food, cosy fires and a large garden
  • The Filly Inn, Brockenhurst - freshly cooked food from local, seasonal produce and accommodation

Enjoy local New Forest Marque produce and craft in the Local Food and Farming area at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show from 24-26 July.

For more information about the New Forest Marque and to download a copy of the directory visit

More info..... New Forest Marque

Wartime Airfields of the New Forest - YouTube

I often make a search on YouTube for interesting videos on the New Forest and noticed this one published on 21st June. This musical 6 minute trailer shows a selection of shots taken from a 90 minute documentary film. A tribute to the various airfield sites and other important locations, towns and villages in the New Forest and surrounding countryside. Do you recognise the many people and places shown in the video? Maybe you have a story to tell? Please leave your comments below and share your story.

Many thanks to for sharing this video.

More info..... Wartime Airfields of The New Forest

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Drive around Romsey and The New Forest for a quick holiday getaway

While reading the Telegraph I found this very useful article by James Foxall for those who would like a road map trip around the New Forest. Follow the route and have a wonderful mini holiday.
Few places in southern England are more beautiful than The New Forest. This round-trip drive from Romsey takes in Christchurch and the River Avon, as well as the coast for a breath of sea air.
Read the full artice at:
Drive around Romsey and The New Forest for a quick holiday getaway - Telegraph: Quick UK getaway: Romsey and The New Forest
A typical New Forest scene as depicted in Telegraph 
More info..... Romsey New Forest

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Celebrate the ‘Festival of British Archaeology’ in the New Forest

Discover the secrets of the New Forest by coming along to an event celebrating the annual Festival of British Archaeology.

The Festival from 14 - 29 July showcases the diverse history of the New Forest with a range of exciting events from an Iron Age cookery demonstration to getting up close to a real Spitfire aeroplane.

Approximately 130 students from Beaulieu and South Baddesley Primary schools will visit Buckler’s Hard to launch the fortnight of events. They will be taking part in an excavation looking for evidence of World War II activity and 18th century shipbuilding artefacts at Buckler’s Hard.


14 - 22 July - Excavation at Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu

The New Forest National Park Authority and Wessex Archaeology have teamed up for a week-long excavation at Buckler’s Hard. It is hoped that the dig will establish the extent of activity there during World War II. Aerial photography shows that Buckler’s Hard was used extensively during this period and several Nissan huts were sited there.

Spaces on the excavation are limited but visitors to Buckler’s Hard can speak to the experts, see finds being processed and learn how trees were used in 18th century shipbuilding.

The excavation activities will run daily from 10am – 4pm, with refreshments available to purchase from the Captain’s Cabin Tearooms and the Yachtsman’s Bar at the Master Builder’s House Hotel.

Admission to Buckler’s Hard includes entry to the Maritime Museum, which tells the story of Buckler’s Hard from its early beginnings as a failed sugar port, through its heyday as an 18th century shipbuilding centre, to its role during the war years. For more information visit

26 July - A taste of history: Explorer day at Buckland Rings, Lymington

Watch a live cookery demonstration to discover what Iron Age people ate from one of the world’s leading experimental archaeologists.

Afterwards join in a short walk and take part in one of the many activities on offer.

St Barbe Museum in Lymington town centre will be running a free shuttle bus to and from the site. For more information visit

26 - 28 July - New Forest Remembers: Untold stories of World War II, New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Airfields, spy schools, bombing ranges, bunkers and D-Day preparations have shaped the New Forest National Park into what it is today.

Now you can find out more about this dramatic period in history by visiting the National Park Authority’s show stand in the New Forest Corner at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show.

Visit the ‘memories tent’ to hear stories from that time, see aerial photographs of how the Forest looked, read classified documents and see an authentic Spitfire aeroplane.

If you have any images, documents or memories please bring them along to the show so the New Forest Remembers team can record them.

For more information about the New Forest Remembers show stand visit

James Brown, World War II – Project Manager, said: ‘These events showcase a small example of the rich cultural heritage of the New Forest National Park. The national “Festival of Archaeology” is a great opportunity to learn about your own local heritage, to get involved and see archaeology in action.’

Sue Davies OBE, Chief Executive of Wessex Archaeology, said: ‘We are delighted to work yet again with the New Forest Park Authority on a community archaeology project.  New Forest Remembers - Untold stories of World War II is an exciting project and we hope the excavation attracts local interest and furthers our understanding of the role of Buckler’s Hard during World War II.’

Susan Tomkins, Archivist for the Beaulieu Estate, said: ‘We are delighted to be hosting the dig at Buckler’s Hard as part of the Festival of British Archaeology.  It offers a unique opportunity for children and adults to both see and take part in an archaeological excavation whilst learning more about their local heritage.

Visitors to the dig can also learn about Buckler’s Hard’s 17th and 18th century shipbuilding history and the important role played by the village during World War II.’

The ‘New Forest remembers- untold stories of World War II’ is supported by a wide range of organisations including ExxonMobil and English Heritage both financially and through staff time.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Celebrating the Torch Relay at the New Forest Centre

Come along to the New Forest Centre on Saturday 14 July to join in the Torch Relay celebrations.

Children’s activities and refreshments will be available throughout the Torch Relay Family Reception from 11am-1pm to mark the launch of an open-art exhibition.

Budding artists, painters, photographers and sculptors were challenged by the National Park Authority and Forestry Commission to create innovative works of art using the colours gold, silver and bronze to celebrate this culturally significant year.

Along with a variety of photographs and artwork there will also be an opportunity to see the ‘New Forest Local Heroes’, a joint exhibition between the National Park Authority and New Forest District Council. Find out more about the young New Forest hopefuls whose dreams are to be part of the Olympics.

Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager, said: ‘The Torch Relay travelling through Lyndhurst is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle and we wanted to mark the occasion.

‘The family reception is a chance to learn more about the New Forest through art and photography, find out about our budding New Forest athletes of the future and for children to join in a number of themed activities. Also, for one day only, entry to the New Forest Museum will be only £1.’

Both exhibitions will be on display at the New Forest Centre until Monday 3 September. The New Forest Centre is open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week. Find out more at

The Torch Relay will be starting at 10:11am on Bournemouth Road (A35), travel through Lyndhurst High Street, then turn into Gosport Lane, finishing at 10:16am. For more information about the Torch Relay route in the New Forest visit

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

New Forest Marque members celebrate Hampshire Food and Drink Awards nominations

Members of the New Forest Marque are celebrating after beating off stiff competition to be nominated in five of the 14 categories at this year’s Hampshire Food and Drink Awards.

The awards – regarded as the Oscars of the local food and drink industry - celebrate the finest produce that Hampshire has to offer and give valuable recognition to producers, growers, suppliers and hospitality venues.

Managed by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council, the Marque gives businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services and help customers identify quality New Forest produce. It encourages people to ‘buy local’ and reduce the environmental impact of  transporting food long distances, while helping to sustain the New Forest’s local economy.

New Forest Marque nominees:

Chef of the year
Matt Tomkinson, Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu
Customer Care Award
Rosie Lea tea rooms, Brockenhurst
Food producer of the year
Naked Jam, Barton on Sea
New Forest Marque producer of the year
Loosehanger cheese, Salisbury
Simeon Morgan Farming, Lymington
Tatchbury Manor Farm, Winsor
Tea shop of the year
Rosie Lea tea rooms, Brockenhurst
Something’s brewing at the Watersplash, Brockenhurst

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager, said: ‘It is a privilege to see so many New Forest Marque members nominated. These awards are chosen by the people who live and shop in Hampshire. It reflects the high quality of produce and service here in the New Forest.

‘The Marque is unique and it is the only scheme like it in the country. It is a contracted scheme that audits its farmers and producers to ensure a minimum content comes from the New Forest. Producers also have to adhere to a series of stringent standards before the product receives its ‘marque’ of approval.’

Matthew Tomkinson, Head Chef at the Montagu Arms Hotel, said: ‘I am honoured to have been nominated for Hampshire Life’s Chef of the Year 2012. To be among such esteemed company as my fellow nominees is a great feeling. Both myself and my colleagues at the Montagu Arms Hotel are delighted.’
Photo by David Griffiths

Lisa Morgan, from Simeon Morgan Farming, added: ‘It is great that our customers have taken the time to nominate us for this award. We get a tremendous sense of pride selling our meat and love to hear how much it has been enjoyed! We are passionate about supplying a high quality product; promoting animal welfare and educating people about food production and farming in the Forest.’

The New Forest Marque producers will hear whether they have won at the awards ceremony on Thursday 23 August at the Four Seasons Hotel at Dogmersfield, Hampshire.

Monday, 9 July 2012

A one-stop shop for visitor information points

Visitors to the New Forest will now have access to even more expert local knowledge and information thanks to a successful initiative from the New Forest National Park Authority.

Four businesses have been successful in becoming Local Information Points; New Forest Activities in Beaulieu, Burley Post Office, Sway deli and coffee shop and the Village Shop at Woodgreen, bringing the total across the National Park to nine. Becoming a Local Information Point also benefits the businesses too as they receive increased footfall.

Left to right – Barbara Cunningham from Woodgreen Village Shop, Chris Swatridge, New Forest National Park Authority Ranger and Andrea Finn from Woodgreen Community Shop Association outside Woodgreen Village Shop and Local Information Point.
Local Information Points provide visitors and local people with easy access to National Park publications and information on how to enjoy the Forest whilst looking after it at the same time. Staff are specially trained to help answer any questions people have or to guide them to someone who will.

Chris Swatridge, National Park Ranger, said: ‘I’m looking forward to working closely with the people who manage the Local Information Points. They are a great source of information and it makes such a difference for visitors to chat to someone who knows about the local area.’

Sue Allpress, from Woodgreen Community Shop Association, said: ‘When we were planning the new shop the possibility of becoming a Local Information Point was included in our plans.  We felt that as a community shop we were in an ideal situation to work with the National Park Authority to promote the New Forest. We are very pleased to be chosen. Our staff and volunteers enjoyed their training and the map is proving very popular.’

Sam Sutton, Director of New Forest Activities, said: ‘New Forest Activities Centre can be found in the middle of Beaulieu High Street. Whilst browsing for information, you can also find out more about the activities that we provide on Beaulieu River. Come in and have a chat with our friendly and informative staff.’

Postmaster Roger Hutchings, said: ‘Burley Post Office has been run by my family for nearly 100 years. Being a post office people come in here looking for information, becoming a Local Information Point was just the next step. We have had so much positive feedback already from customers.’

Ken Wilson, owner of Sway deli and coffee shop, said: ‘We really enjoy being the Sway Local Information Point. The National Park Authority keeps us regularly topped up with information and we enjoy helping visitors.’

For more information on Local Information Points in the New Forest visit: