The first in the range focuses on the cultural history of four New Forest churches – St Nicholas at Brockenhurst, All Saints at Minstead, St Michael and All Angels at Lyndhurst and St John at Boldre.
The launch is to celebrate National Parks’ Week this week - which this year has the theme of cultural history.
National Parks’ Week, co-ordinated by the Association of National Park Authorities, is dedicated to raising public awareness of the reasons for the existence of National Parks and to celebrate their beauty, diversity and the wide range of opportunities they offer for enjoyment. National Parks’ Week 2010 runs from 26 July to 1 August.
National Park Archaeologist Frank Green said: ‘The New Forest National Park has a fascinating wealth of cultural history. We want to help local people and visitors to uncover the rich diversity of our heritage in the New Forest and why the National Park is working hard with communities to protect it and bring it to life for everyone to enjoy.’
The leaflet highlights architectural features, interesting anecdotes about famous people married or buried in the churches and other fascinating facts.
These include: the grave of Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is at All Saints in Minstead; poet laureate author Robert Southey – known for the original Goldilocks and the Three Bears story - was married at St John in Boldre; the grave of ‘Brusher Mills’ - the famous New Forest snakecatcher can be found at St Nicholas in Brockenhurst;
You can pick up the Discovery leaflet at the churches, tourist information centres, local information points within the National Park or download online at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk. Please check the churches’ websites for church opening times.
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646600
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The New Forest National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire; it is famous for its stunning landscapes,wildlife,coastline & picturesque villages. It is the eighth national park in England and the first in the south-east to be created for nearly 50yrs.