Experience the unique sounds of the New Forest

Published Thursday 20 July 2006

What makes the New Forest so special? What is special about it to you?

What makes the New Forest so special?  What is special about it to you?

The New Forest National Park stand at this year’s New Forest Show illustrates some of the Forest’s ‘special qualities’ and invites you to share what you think is special – all through the novel medium of sound.

The Park stand will have four distinct areas: the ‘tranquil zone’, a sound ‘trail’, ‘your voice’ and a kids’ corner, each using sound to show what is special about the New Forest National Park and to invite visitors to share their views.

The tranquil zone offers you the chance to sit back, close your eyes, relax and hear sounds of the National Park – from birdsong to rutting deer, from rustling leaves to lapping waves.

The sound trail features voices of New Forest people talking about why the place is special to them … the landscape, the wildlife, the cultural heritage.

And whe you’ve heard their views, the National Park would like to hear yours.  ‘Your voice’ is a chance for you to tell the National Park Authority what is special to you about the New Forest.  You can record your message with our on-the-spot reporter or write a postcard to pin on the message board.

In the kids’ corner, a story-teller and a children’s entertainer will involve youngsters in the fun by using sound to show what is special about the National Park, including the chance to write a New Forest limerick.

The sound theme is completed by simple ‘listening’: a team of National Park staff will be on hand during the Show to listen to visitors’ views and talk to them about matters of interest to them.  The team will include an Authority member, a senior member of staff and a planning expert.

Martin O’Neill, Head of Communications for the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We hope the activities on our stand will be interesting and entertaining for visitors to the Show.  But there is also an important purpose behind the fun: the National Park Authority genuinely wants to know what local residents and visitors think is special about the New Forest.

‘These contributions will help to shape the special qualities that the National Park then goes on to conserve and enhance, the special qualities of which it will promote understanding and enjoyment.  So whether you think the New Forest National Park is special for its natural beauty or its wildness, or because of its opportunities for enjoyment and discovery, tell us at the Show.  You could be helping to influence the future of the National Park.’


Media contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer (Press and PR), New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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