Recycled fire extinguishers mark a new era for the New Forest Centre

Published Friday 9 May 2008

The New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst has an exciting new look, created by a local sculptor, to mark its partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority.

The Centre now has eye-catching new signs made from old New Forest fire extinguishers, spoons, forks and boat parts.  The signs are the brainchild of sculptor Michael Turner.

His challenge was to create an artistic version of the logo that symbolises the partnership between the two New Forest organisations and to find recycled materials to make the sign.

Mr Turner, said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity.  Recycling metal is not only cheaper than buying steel, it is environmentally friendly. I like the idea of turning scrap into something beautiful and giving it another life.’

The new signs on the outside of the building are not the only thing to have changed at the Centre; there have been a number of changes inside too.

The most notable was the appointment of the first ever New Forest Centre Manager, Hilary Marshall, who looks after the day-to-day management of the museum, staff and exhibitions.

A series of New Forest National Park awareness panels and maps are also now exhibited for visitors wanting to learn more about the fascinating history, culture and landscape of England’s newest national park.

The partnership between the two organisations has also enabled under 16s to visit the centre for free, giving them the opportunity to explore the New Forest through the Centre’s exhibitions and the opportunity to learn about its unique cultural history.

Clive Chatters, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This is an exciting step for the National Park Authority.  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: ‘This partnership supports our work and our connection with the New Forest National Park makes the Centre an essential part of any visit to the New Forest. It has strengthened the Centre’s ability to provide exhibitions and educational services for adults and children.’

The New Forest Centre is open every day from 10am - 5pm, it is £3.00 for adults, £2.50 for old aged pensioners and students and free to under 16s. It is opposite the car park in Lyndhurst town centre.

Visit www.newforestmuseum.org.uk for more information about group rates and exhibitions.

If you are interested or would like to learn more about Michael Turner’s work visit his website www.michaelturnerstudios.com. The sign was fitted by Mac Signs, Fawley and directed by Darren Smith of Design 24 based in Hythe.

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Notes to Photo Editor:

Mac Signs fitting the new sign made by Michael Turner to the outside of the New Forest Centre.

Media contact:

Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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