With the disappearance of the phone from the box in Silver Street local residents persuaded Lyndhurst Parish Council to buy the box from BT for £1 in its UK-wide ‘adopt a kiosk’ scheme to repurpose disused phone boxes. The New Forest National Park Authority generously supported the project, installed information on the area and developed history panels for passers-by, walkers and visitors to the New Forest. Residents worked hard to renovate the box and put up shelves for an independent library of books and DVDs/CDs with a swap shop for garden produce. The box is a recycling point for ink cartridges.

Every village should have a similar facility – it provides a local library and domestic exchange. It is continuing to do so in the present pandemic.

Ines Coutts, a local resident.

Beside the phone box is a watering place for thirsty dogs (dog bowl supplied by The New Forest Inn) and one of our village fairies has moved in alongside – local fairies left painted stones there as part of the Lyndhurst Rocks campaign in Lockdown One, 2020.

The box was opened officially by Alison Barnes (Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority) on Thursday 28 April 2011.

(Left to right): National Park Interpretation and Outreach Manager Jim Mitchell; Emery Down residents Dr Ed Newman, Peter Powell and Adam Collins; and National Park Chief Executive Alison Barnes at the opening of the Silver Street telephone box.  Photograph from Forest and Waterside Hampshire UK blog (http://www.forestandwaterside.info/2011/04/ringing-changes-with-iconic-red.html)

And the village arrived to be photographed!

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