Explore the Forest’s past, present and future with the National Park Authority

Rans wood

Published Friday 21 July 2017

Visit our stand at the New Forest Show to discover the fascinating story of the Forest’s ancient woods and trees.

Visit us in the Heart of the Forest area to see how trees help us understand the Forest’s history, how an 800 year old charter shaped the area and how we can all help the Forest flourish in the future.

Find out the answers through fun activities for all ages across four zones:

  • Animation zone: try your hand at making plasticine models for our animation telling the story of the 800 year old Forest Charter. You can even help with some animation yourself!
  • Tree time zone: see our 1,000 year old tree cross-section and match historical events to the bar code timeline to discover the Forest’s past
  • Tree of the year zone: hear the stories of eight much-loved New Forest trees and vote for your favourite
  • Future Forest zone: What does the future hold for the New Forest? Have your say on recreation in the Forest.

There will also be the chance to meet our tree team and find out about their work protecting important and ancient trees across the Forest.

Don’t forget to enter our competition for your chance to win a one night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast at New Park Manor in Brockenhurst.

Fin out more about the Tree Charter.


Notes to Photo Editor:

This year is the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter of the Forest.

Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

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.
Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contact:
Beki Mole, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639
Email: beki.mole@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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