Information and Community Centre

“There are books and DVDs to choose from, plus leaflets about the New Forest and Lyndhurst Walk, thanks to the New Forest National Park Authority and Lyndhurst Parish Council which have been fantastic in their support. There is a display about the village and lots of local produce to take home.”

Peter Power, local resident.

Discover more about Lyndhurst Parish

Four free leaflets with annotated maps produced by Lyndhurst Parish Council introduce you to interesting walks and fascinating stories.  Walks start at the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst car park but can begin anywhere along the route.

  • Exploring Lyndhurst Village – Circular Walk: the map leads you on a walk round our parish through forest woodland, open spaces, streams and local hamlets.
  • Discover Lyndhurst: several short walks – the High Street, Off the Beaten Track, Captain Arthur Phillip and the real Alice – help you explore Lyndhurst and Emery Down villages as well as the pretty hamlets of Bank, Pikes Hill and Swan Green.
  • Lyndhurst – the Australian Connection: Captain Arthur Phillip RN was the First Governor of New South Wales and founder of Sydney.  Phillip had lived in Lyndhurst and was elected by St Michael and All Angels’ Church as Overseer of the Poor.  Australia Day, January 26, marks the First Fleet’s arrival in Sydney Cove in 1788.  On his return in 1798 Phillip settled in Lymington.
  • Lyndhurst in Wartime: find out true stories of life in Lyndhurst in both World Wars.  In WW1, 30,000 soldiers and their equipment gathered here before setting off for Southampton and the war in Europe.  Discover how Lyndhurst became a centre of resistance and an anti-tank island in WW2.  Use the map as a guide to help you.

World War Two: “The air raid shelter for Silver Street was opposite Christchurch Cottage, it had seats all the way around, the grown-ups would sing songs but the children would try and sleep.  The men did not come into the shelter but always stood on the green in case a plane came down …..”

Joyce Upward (nee Taplin), as told to How We Used To Live.

1944 Before D-Day: “School was interrupted by noise from convoys of soldiers, jeeps, tanks and troop carriers passing by – it was so noisy we couldn’t work and went outside and watched. We had lifts on the jeeps and liked the Americans best because we got chewing gum which we’d not had before and sometimes tinned food – peaches and pears.”

Gordon Bratcher, as told to How We Used To Live.

Don’t forget to visit St Michael and All Angels’ Church and the New Forest Heritage Centre in Lyndhurst where more facts and stories of Lyndhurst and Forest life are on display; you can explore further online at New Forest Knowledge.

New Forest National Park Authority Leaflets And Advice

The New Forest is a very special place and the national park has produced leaflets to help you to enjoy it with more information on its website:

New Forest Important Plant Area

The New Forest is of global importance, home to rare and endangered plantlife and spectacular landscapes of threatened habitats. It comprises the largest area of mature, semi-natural beech woodland in Britain, and also contains the largest remaining area of lowland heath in Europe, made up of a patchwork of dry and wet heath.

Further details of why the New Forest is designated as an Important Plant Area can be found on the Plantlife website, where there are downloadable fact sheets on the area and seasonal spotter cards for wildflowers and fungi.

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