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Greentraveller newsletter June 2011

Posted by Holly Tuppen at 09:05 on Wednesday 08 June 2011
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June Newsletter: A word from the editor

The UK’s ‘Green Spaces’ are worth billons of pounds a year in health and welfare, according to a major new independent report, the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA).
 
Within the next few weeks, the government is expected to issue a white paper on the natural environment, which is likely to include measures to protect areas of beauty and scientific interest, as well as proposals on green spaces. 
 
In the meantime, we’ve published the first in our series of travel guides to beautiful, natural areas in the UK. First up is our guide to The New Forest, with information on a range of fabulous hotels, restaurants, short breaks and family days out in this ancient part of England. We've also included a Q&A with Anthony Climpson, tourism manager of the New Forest.
 
The idea behind our travel guides is that we do the hard work for you, selecting the best hotels, restaurants and activities. We have also included information on how to travel to - and around - the New Forest by public transport. Every day, over 100 trains service the New Forest's gateway town of Brockenhurst (1hr 40mins from London Waterloo) and Cross Country services connect with Reading, Oxford, Coventry and Birmingham as well as many other cities further north.
 
I hope you find it a useful resource for planning a green getaway to one of best managed green spaces in the UK.
 
Best wishes,

Richard Hammond
editor@greentraveller.co.uk

Photo: VisitWales

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Featured Holidays

New Forest - Cycling Break


Brussels, Ypres & Lille by Train

Open canoeing in North West Highlands, Scotland

New Forest - Cycling Break
Brussels, Ypres & Lille by Train
Open canoeing in North West Highlands, Scotland
Explore the beauty of the New Forest, with the picturesque town of Brockenhurst as your base, on this tailor-made family friendly cycling break. With routes all leading to and from Brockenhurst this is a perfect trip for those wanting tranquil simplicity and nice country pubs. The perfect trip for anyone with an interest in European history, taking in the medieval splendour and elegant turn of the century architecture of Brussels, the poignant Fields of Flanders and flemish-flavoured Lille in Northern France. Journey through one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Scotland, where the route will take you through the glacial lochs of Inverpolly in the North West Highlands, land of undulating heather moorland, peat bogs and lochs. At night camp on isolated beaches and small islands and view the breathtaking panoramic views of Scotland's most iconic peaks.

Featured Accommodation

Vintage Vacations, Isle of Wight, England

Wetherdown Lodge and Campsite, Hampshire, England

Cottage Lodge, The New Forest, England

Vintage Vacations, Isle of Wight, England
Wetherdown Lodge and Campsite, Hampshire, England
Cottage Lodge, The New Forest, England
Ten original American vintage caravans in a secluded green field near Ryde on the Isle of Wight, kitted out with retro knick-knacks, board games and crotchet blankets. A lovely quirky place to stay. Camp in a peaceful open field, surrounded by trees, hire out a tipi or yurt or stay in the simple but comfortable eco-lodge, which was once the home of Royal Navy trainees. Heating is by biomass boiler and the hot showers are courtesy of 'home-grown' energy.
A restored 16th-century B&B, where guests can meander through the beautiful countryside, cycle through the forest and watch the ponies, donkeys and cattle that wander freely around the National Park.

Top posts from our award-winning blog this month

Introducing: The New Forest

Conservation volunteering in the New Forest

Greentraveller's InterRail Video

Introducing: The New Forest
Conservation volunteering in the New Forest
Greentraveller's InterRail Video
In celebration of beautiful, natural areas in the UK, we've published our guide to the New Forest feauturing eco-friendly places to stay, organic restaurants and cafes, low impact activities and family days out. Philippa Jacks joins the New Forest Area Conservation Volunteers, who give up their Sundays to protect wildlife, on a conservation volunteering break.

Richard Hammond presents a video of his recent InterRail Adventure with Rail Europe, where he visted five cities in seven days: Utrecht, Antwerp, Cologne, Basel and Valence.
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