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Businesses given free memory sticks

TravelHundreds of businesses in the New Forest National Park have been given a free memory stick full of images, maps and videos to encourage visitors to leave their cars behind.

The memory stick highlights a better way for them to enjoy the natural beauty of the National Park by train, bike, Twizy electric car and the open-top New Forest Tour.

Businesses are free to use all of the content on their websites and marketing materials to promote a car free and carefree visit to the New Forest.

Five hundred memory sticks have been produced by the New Forest National Park Authority as part of a £3.8 million fund from the Department of Transport.

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund is shared between the New Forest and South Downs National Parks. By 2015, the aim is to encourage 370,000 visitors to switch how they travel to and around each park from car to sustainable transport, whether that’s train, bike, Twizy or Tour.

A number of local businesses including Careys Manor in Brockenhurst, and The Master Builder’s Hotel at Buckler’s Hard & Daisybank Cottage Boutique B&B have already shown their support.

Mark Holroyd, sustainable transport officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: 'We want to show visitors that they can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the New Forest National Park without the stress of driving and traffic filled roads.

‘Like us, local businesses are proud of the National Park's landscape and its unique qualities. The memory stick helps businesses to play their part and spread the message to visitors to make that switch.’

The memory stick includes:

         Photos of the New Forest Tour, cycling, trains, Twizy electric cars and walks as well as images of New Forest animals and scenes

         Videos of the New Forest Tour highlighting the journey starting from London and from inside the New Forest National Park

         Information on cycle hire, Twizys and the New Forest Tour routes

         Maps of cycle routes, New Forest Tour routes and links with public transport as well as the Essential Guide to the New Forest, where you’ll find plenty of information and inspiration to make holidays in the National Park extra special.

Businesses can also get free updates and photos throughout the year by visiting and signing up to our 'green travel' Park life email newsletter.

If your business would like a free memory stick or for further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Worrying time for dog owners

Mystery illness in dogs.

Vets Anderson Moores have issued a new update on the mystery illness affecting dogs, which can be viewed here
There have been 2 new cases confirmed within the Forest, in dogs walked at Rhinefield and Deerleap. NFDC have compiled a table of confirmed and suspected cases around the country which can be viewed here There have also been reports of palm oil (which can be fatal to dogs if eaten) on beaches from Southampton to Bournemouth.
Please remain vigilant in checking your dogs over for lesions and seek veterinary advice immediately if you notice anything unusual.

Sent by NFDOG. Contact:
New Forest Dog Owners Group
Racecourse View
Southampton, Hampshire SO43 7AQ

Five-year-old flat-coated retriever ErinFive-year-old flat-coated retriever Erin, who died in February from acute kidney failure


 cycle flikrPhotograph taken by Sean Rowe

Watch out there are cyclists about!

It is going to be a busy summer with many cycle events coming through Beaulieu .The 2 very big ones will   be UK Cycling’s “ Wiggle”. These two events will come through the village in April and October they are starting from the west, just outside the Forest at Matchams Leisure Centre and coming over the Forest to use the area south of Beaulieu. These events run over two days and have 3000 riders per day. There is also a smaller event run by UK Cycling which departs from Gang Warily and is called Wight Sportive with 650 riders it will pass through Beaulieu both going and coming back on the 5 and 6 July. Several of the Forest Parishes are not happy about this and are trying to raise objections.

High Speed Broadband

superfast broadbandWhen is Beaulieu getting High Speed Broadband? One of the most frequently asked question of councillors on the Beaulieu PC.

The Story so far ...
We have followed the roll out of rural broadband since the start, attending a meeting last year with the government minister Maria Miller at Winchester. There have been group meetings for our Parish, East Boldre, Denny Lodge and Exbury and we are in a bidding group, organised by Jim Mitchell of the NPA, making application to the Rural Communities Broadband Fund for extra funding to reach the difficult parts of the Parish (Those a long way from the telephone exchange with possibly old and poor quality cable)

Phase 1 of Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme is going live during January and March 2014.

BT Openreach will install new equipment across parts of Basingstoke & Dean, Gosport, Hart and the New Forest. Speeds will be a minimum of 24 Mbps

Phase 2 will go live between April and June. However at the time of writing only Totton in the New Forest has been covered by Phase1 but an announcement on Phase 2 is imminent. We await good news!

Regarding our application for additional funding for rural areas (for those who would not be reached by the main scheme funding) we have gone in with Hampshire CC. They are the applicant to DEFRA and are bidding for£1,000,000 funding across several of the Forest Parishes. It has only just been agreed between HCC and BT Openreach as to which properties in the New Forest would apply, based on eligibility and their assessment of value for money and ability to deliver in the timescale. The final details of which postcodes have been selected is not available at this stage, however the vast majority of properties are in the three parishes of Beaulieu, Denny Lodge and East Boldre.

Update ... On Friday 28th Feb. Hampshire County Council submitted a RCBF bid for 2117 properties in the parishes of the New Forest, mostly in Beaulieu. East Boldre and Denny Lodge. I am informed we will find out if we are successful in around a months time. HCC have advised that the RCBF end of project deadline has been extended to the end of December 2015. BT have said that the latest they will do work if successful is June-December 2015. So still a fair way off but underway!

Ship Restoration Project

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IT is the Hampshire village where Britain’s finest warships were built in the 18th century.

Now Buckler’s Hard on the Beaulieu River has been chosen for a new shipwrights’ workshop where students will learn the art of restoring historic vessels.

Portsmouth Naval Base Prop-erty Trust (PNBPT) has received a vital grant for the project from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The trust has been awarded a total of £3.8m. Most of the cash will be spent in Portsmouth but some will be used to fund bursaries for students wishing to join the workshop scheme.Mary Montagu-Scott, daughter of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu and director of Buckler’s Hard, said: “We are very excited to be working with PNBPT on this project.

“Our long held wish to revive traditional shipbuilding training at Buckler’s Hard, on the very site where Admiral Nelson’s favourite ship Agamemnon was built, is now close to fruition.”

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