Show of autumn colour on National Park stand

Published Monday 20 July 2009

Autumn is coming early to the National Park stand at this year’s New Forest Show.

It may be high summer outside, but inside the New Forest National Park stand visitors will find the sights and sounds of autumn.

Martin O’Neill, Director of Information and Visitor Services for the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Autumn is special time in the New Forest with spectacular leaf colours, pigs in pannage, rutting deer, fabulous fungi and much more.

‘Part of our stand at the Show this year will give people an early taste of the autumn delights to come through beautiful imagery and the distinctive sounds of autumn woodland.’

In a separate part of the stand visitors will follow a Forest trail made of giant National Park boundary markers, discovering who’s who in the New Forest with multiple-choice questions featuring fun cartoon characters.

For example: who owns the animals that roam free in the National Park?  Who decides what you can build in the National Park?

Along the way visitors will get to play games about disposing of litter, voting for what is most important to them in the Forest and decorating a tree with their favourite places and things to do.  Everyone who follows the trail gets a prize.

Martin O’Neill added: ‘We know from questions we get all the time that it can be tricky for people to work out who does what in the New Forest.  Our Forest trail is first and foremost good fun, but it will also be packed with useful information about who’s who.’

Throughout the three days of the show, National Park members and staff will be on hand to talk to visitors about the National Park and its work.  The stand will also feature a host of free leaflets to take away and an interactive terminal with quizzes and slide-shows.

The New Forest National Park is stand number 135, block 17, in the New Forest Corner.

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

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