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?
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 http://www.newforestcentre.org.uk
Notes to Editor:
About the New Forest National Park Authority
Protect - Enjoy - Prosper
The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:
-Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
-Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.
We also have a duty to:
-Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.
The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.
Visit http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650