On the southern edge of the beautiful New Forest, Shorefield Country Park has direct access to miles of peaceful forest walks, as well as a series of nature trails on 100 acres of landscaped parkland.
Following three years of careful planning, the Shorefield Estates gardening team has created a new woodland nature trail in a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, which links up with the park’s existing woodland walk, as well as a network of paths owned by Milford Parish Council.
Classed as ancient woodland, the area is carpeted with seasonal wildflowers and features a huge diversity of trees and wildlife. The new trail also gives guests and holiday home owners at the park better access to the surrounding area and nearby seafront.
Head Gardener Ian Colverson says: “This is one of the biggest projects our gardening team has undertaken. Since we’ve completed the path, it’s become apparent just how many bluebells are emerging. Everyone we have spoken to, both owners and local residents, are really pleased with what we’ve achieved and it’s great to have the work completed in time for Easter for all to enjoy.”
Our Managing Director, Simon Pollock added: “This new nature trail has been three years in the planning and we are incredibly proud of the end result. From enjoying the seasonal wildflowers to looking out for wildlife, our ancient woodland trail is a great way to get closer to nature, and we hope people will come along and enjoy discovering this previously inaccessible woodland area.”
The new Ancient Woodland Trail was officially opened today by Keith Metcalf from Milford Conservation Volunteers and we even welcomed our first 'official' visitors - the McCulloch Family!
Tony Locke, Chairman of Milford Conservation Volunteers said “We are very pleased to see this additional path, which is of great benefit for the guests and people at Shorefield Country Park, making it easier for them to connect more than before through the woodland walk, pleasure gardens and Studland Common up to the clifftop.”
If you fancy taking a stroll to the beach along our new Ancient Woodland Walk, it starts in Amberwood, just behind Amberwood 1. We'd love to know what you think!