Make it a New Forest Christmas

Published Tuesday 13 December 2011

If you are staying home and entertaining visitors over the festive season, the New Forest National Park has some top tips to help you make it a real New Forest Christmas.

For an authentic New Forest experience why not use local food, buy Forest-inspired presents, decorate your tree using only natural decorations and walk off dinner with a Boxing Day stroll.

Top tips for a New Forest Christmas:

  • Get some fresh air and walk off your Christmas excesses in the New Forest while learning more about its history and traditions. There are a range of walks to suit every ability. Download one of four audio tour walks or print off the commentary from www.newforestnpa.gov.uk.
  • Looking for a present no one else will have? Visit the Forest Store online or at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst for unique and New Forest National Park-inspired gifts. There is exclusive outdoor gear and a range of gifts including a pony safety-promoting ice-scraper and a photo mug with a picture that magically appears when you pour hot water in it. All profits go to back into looking after the New Forest National Park www.foreststore.co.uk.
  • For delicious local produce and handmade presents visit the New Forest Marque website. For stockists www.newforestproduce.co.uk
  • New Forest Christmas trees are available from the Forestry Commission at New Park, Brockenhurst. Trees are on sale from 10am-4pm until 21 December www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest.

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Notes to Editors:

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.

The Marque® – a sign of quality

New Forest Marque logo

A product is only licensed to use the Marque® if:

  • it contains at least 25 per cent New Forest produce
  • it has met stringent standards according to its particular speciality (for example, meat producers must show that high standards of welfare and good husbandry have been applied at all times).

Managed by the New Forest National Park Authority and New Forest District Council the award scheme was created to:

  • give businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services
  • help customers identify quality New Forest produce
  • encourage people to ‘buy local ‘ and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food long distances
  • help sustain the New Forest’s local economy by supporting local businesses and employment.

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