Summer School - Nanotechnology for Healthcare 2010

Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire

Forest Park Hotel


The venue for the Summer School, the Forest Park Hotel, is situated within the picturesque village of Brockenhurst, Hampshire, less than 5 miles north of the English southern coastline. Brockenhurst lies within Europe's largest area of ancient pasture woodland, the New Forest.

Although set in this peaceful setting, Brockenhurst is easily accessible by either road or rail and is fully equipped with all the necessary local amenities, as well as pubs and restaurants. The nearby surrounding area boasts a wide variety of attractions in addition to the New Forest itself, including the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and St. Nicholas' Church which, mentioned in the Domesday Book dates back to 737 AD and is situated within a 5 minute walk from the Hotel.


The New Forest

In 1079 AD, William the Conquerer, who became King of England in 1066 AD after his victory at the Battle of Hastings, overthrowing the last Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, gave the area still known as the New Forest it's name, a direct translation of the Norman Nova Forresta. In this context however the word 'forest' does not reflect the standard definition and is used to describe an area of land that had been 'afforested' (purchased under law) and designated as land to be used for royal privileges, ie hunting.

William the Conquerer established a system to protect and manage the area in order to preserve it's qualities as Royal hunting grounds. This system is still in place today and as a result the area has remained remarkably unchanged since it was given it's name almost 1000 years ago. As Europe's largest remaining area of ancient pasture woodland, the continuing preservation is now aided by additional funding from the European Union.



The New Forest offers a wealth of attractions both natural and otherwise. These include various museums and historical sites such as Bucklers Hard (a traditional 18th century village and shipbuilding yard on the edge of Beaulieu River) and Hurst Castle (one of the Solent's key defences dating back to the reign of King Henry VIII during the 16th century). In addition to the wide variety of wildlife that resides within the forest itself, the area also offers the Boldrewood Deer Sanctuary, the New Forest Wildlife Park and Liberty's Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre.


New Forest National Park

Created in March 2005, the New Forest National Park was established with the intention of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area and to 'promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of it's special qualities'. Occupying approximately 150 square miles the New Forest National park consists of a unique landscape of ancient woodland, heather-covered heath, wide lawns, boggy mires, gentle farmland, coastal saltmarsh and mudflats and picturesque villages.

New Forest Owl
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