New ways to learn about the National Park

Published Thursday 14 January 2010

Five new Local Information Points will soon be opening in the New Forest thanks to the National Park Authority.

These ‘Points’ provide a one-stop shop for residents and visitors who want to learn more about the National Park and what is best to see and do in the local area. They are based in a number of places that include; pubs, village shops and post offices, supporting local businesses.

Now people in and around Ashurst, Hythe, Landford, Minstead and Sway have easy access to a friendly source of information and a variety of literature which includes maps, leaflets and publications on what to see and where to go.

Jim Mitchell, Interpretation Officer, said: ‘Our pilot scheme last year in Beaulieu, Brockenhurst and Burley proved a huge success. We hope these additional five Points will be as equally successful.

‘The successful applicants to be local information points range from a pub to a restaurant to a village store'.

Pam Pritchard from Minstead Village Shop, added: ‘We’re really excited to become a Local Information Point. We’ve lost three post offices in our local area in the past two years and this is the boost the village needs.

‘We are in the perfect location to welcome visitors to the area and also answer any questions local people have. Not only is our village shop the hub of the community it will now be a point of information about the National Park.’

The latest Local Information Points:

  • The Happy Cheese - Ashurst
  • Herald Publishing - Hythe
  • Landford Village Stores - Landford
  • Minstead Village Shop - Minstead
  • The Nurse’s Cottage restaurant with rooms-Sway

For more details on Local Information Points visit

Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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