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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 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

Further reading: New Forest Wildlife