Five-ways to celebrate the New Forest Centre

Published Tuesday 24 June 2008

The New Forest Centre and its partner, the New Forest National Park Authority, unveiled its new look last week during an evening of celebration.

Thanks to local artist, Michael Turner, the outside of the Centre has a new sign made from locally recycled fire-extinguishers, boat parts, forks and spoons. Inside, the New Forest National Park Authority has created an exhibition of information panels about the National Park

The latest book in the series of New Forest Records was also part of the celebrations and was launched by Peter Frost, National Park Member and Chairman of the Ninth Centenary Trust Library, Peter Roberts, Vice Chairman of the New Forest Association and Centre Librarian and New Forest Records Editor, Richard Reeves

New Forest District Council also launched its ‘Five-ways to love the Forest,’ a pocket-sized booklet advising people how to act responsibly when visiting the Forest, in its recently refurbished Visitor Information Centre.

Clive Chatters, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This celebration has been a great opportunity to reflect on the hard work of the Authority, the Ninth Centenary Trust and New Forest District Council.

‘We have come a long way in a short space of time; we have joined forces with one of the most established attractions in the New Forest and have worked with them to develop a Centre where residents and visitors can learn about the National Park.’

Ednyfed Hudson Davies, Chairman of the Ninth Centenary Trust which runs the New Forest Centre, added: ‘We have seen many changes in the Centre recently, from the new signage to the refurbished Visitor Information Centre by New Forest District Council.

‘We are proud to have strengthened the Centre’s ability to provide exhibitions and educational services for adults and children, and also to have strengthened our renowned Reference Library with the launch of another book.’

The New Forest Centre is open every day from 10am - 5pm, admission is £3.00 for adults, £2.50 for concessions and free to under 16s. Copies of the ‘Five ways to love the Forest’ booklets are available from Visitor Information Centres and accommodation providers across the New Forest.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information about the New Forest Centre visit www.newforestmuseum.org.uk

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