Visitors urged to leave mobile phone behind when visiting New Forest National Park

'Leave your phone at behind' when visiting Forest

'Leave your phone at behind' when visiting Forest

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Visitors exploring the New Forest National Park are being urged to leave their mobile phones behind.

The National Park Authority (NPA) is encouraging day trippers to put phones and other electronic gadgets in a safe at Brockenhurst railway station and pick them up at the end of their visit.

Families are also being invited to deposit their car keys in the facility as part of a campaign to cut the number of vehicle movements.

Daily Echo:

Billed as the first scheme of its type in the country, Tech Creche (above) aims to persuade more people to take part in “tech-free, car-free” visits to the area.

It follows a survey carried out last year in which parents said their children spent too much time using gadgets - and youngsters complained that their parents were always sending texts or chatting on their mobiles.

An NPA spokesman said: “We hope Tech Creche will result in visitors appreciating the natural beauty of the Forest without being distracted by their screens and other devices.”

The free service can be used between 9am and 10pm every day until September 14.

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11:48am Wed 23 Jul 14

southamptonadi says...

First it was bikes, now they want to keep cars and phones away. What ever next?
First it was bikes, now they want to keep cars and phones away. What ever next? southamptonadi
  • Score: 21

11:51am Wed 23 Jul 14

Forest Resident says...

New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.
New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest. Forest Resident
  • Score: -21

11:55am Wed 23 Jul 14

Torchie1 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.
All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two.
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.[/p][/quote]All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two. Torchie1
  • Score: 16

12:03pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Forest Resident says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.
All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two.
Perhaps you simply don't understand that baseless accusations against harmless cyclists impacts on all, regardless of whether one is cycling as a group or individually. Nobody complains when motorists take to New Forest roads en masse, it's blatant double standards from New Forest NPA bigots.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.[/p][/quote]All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you simply don't understand that baseless accusations against harmless cyclists impacts on all, regardless of whether one is cycling as a group or individually. Nobody complains when motorists take to New Forest roads en masse, it's blatant double standards from New Forest NPA bigots. Forest Resident
  • Score: -22

12:16pm Wed 23 Jul 14

solomum says...

Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.
All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two.
Perhaps you simply don't understand that baseless accusations against harmless cyclists impacts on all, regardless of whether one is cycling as a group or individually. Nobody complains when motorists take to New Forest roads en masse, it's blatant double standards from New Forest NPA bigots.
This article is not even about cycling so get a grip.
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.[/p][/quote]All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you simply don't understand that baseless accusations against harmless cyclists impacts on all, regardless of whether one is cycling as a group or individually. Nobody complains when motorists take to New Forest roads en masse, it's blatant double standards from New Forest NPA bigots.[/p][/quote]This article is not even about cycling so get a grip. solomum
  • Score: 38

12:22pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dasal says...

solomum wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.
All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two.
Perhaps you simply don't understand that baseless accusations against harmless cyclists impacts on all, regardless of whether one is cycling as a group or individually. Nobody complains when motorists take to New Forest roads en masse, it's blatant double standards from New Forest NPA bigots.
This article is not even about cycling so get a grip.
Well said "solomum" !

Some people just see headline about New Forest , and assume.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.[/p][/quote]All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you simply don't understand that baseless accusations against harmless cyclists impacts on all, regardless of whether one is cycling as a group or individually. Nobody complains when motorists take to New Forest roads en masse, it's blatant double standards from New Forest NPA bigots.[/p][/quote]This article is not even about cycling so get a grip.[/p][/quote]Well said "solomum" ! Some people just see headline about New Forest , and assume. Dasal
  • Score: 20

12:39pm Wed 23 Jul 14

eurogordi says...

As far as this story is concerned, the New Forest Park Authority is misled in thinking that this scheme will reduce the use of cars, phones and gadjets. Surely it is up to parents to stop children using techie items and, if the safe is at Brockenhurst, do I have to drive to the station, deposit my equipment and then drive back to, for example, the outskirts of Fordingbridge? Surely that increases car usage? Oh, wait! NFPA would want me to walk to and from Fordingbridge ... without a phone and unable to raise the alarm in the event of a genuine emergency. Whoever thought up this ridiculous idea should be given their P45 at the end of the week!
As far as this story is concerned, the New Forest Park Authority is misled in thinking that this scheme will reduce the use of cars, phones and gadjets. Surely it is up to parents to stop children using techie items and, if the safe is at Brockenhurst, do I have to drive to the station, deposit my equipment and then drive back to, for example, the outskirts of Fordingbridge? Surely that increases car usage? Oh, wait! NFPA would want me to walk to and from Fordingbridge ... without a phone and unable to raise the alarm in the event of a genuine emergency. Whoever thought up this ridiculous idea should be given their P45 at the end of the week! eurogordi
  • Score: 53

12:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?
Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else? Mary80
  • Score: 40

12:52pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Torchie1 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Forest Resident wrote:
New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.
All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two.
Perhaps you simply don't understand that baseless accusations against harmless cyclists impacts on all, regardless of whether one is cycling as a group or individually. Nobody complains when motorists take to New Forest roads en masse, it's blatant double standards from New Forest NPA bigots.
The 'baseless accusations' are only ever levelled against organised mass cycling events not private individuals whether in groups or alone. Which 'en masse' car events in the New Forest have attracted your attention?
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: New Forest NPA need to stop immediately with their baseless anti cycling bigotry if they want people to feel safe and welcome cycling the public roads of the New Forest.[/p][/quote]All of the press articles carry a clear message that mass cycling events are not welcome but no-one has spoken out about individuals. Perhaps you haven't understood the distinction between the two.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you simply don't understand that baseless accusations against harmless cyclists impacts on all, regardless of whether one is cycling as a group or individually. Nobody complains when motorists take to New Forest roads en masse, it's blatant double standards from New Forest NPA bigots.[/p][/quote]The 'baseless accusations' are only ever levelled against organised mass cycling events not private individuals whether in groups or alone. Which 'en masse' car events in the New Forest have attracted your attention? Torchie1
  • Score: -4

1:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

espanuel says...

THIS NEWS IS NOT ABOUT CYCLING FOR GOODNESS SAKE. READ THE BL**DY HEADLINES.
THIS NEWS IS NOT ABOUT CYCLING FOR GOODNESS SAKE. READ THE BL**DY HEADLINES. espanuel
  • Score: 25

1:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Mr E says...

I think the Daily Echo and a few of its regular commentators have become more than a little obsessed with cycling.

its got silly. Please stop.
I think the Daily Echo and a few of its regular commentators have become more than a little obsessed with cycling. its got silly. Please stop. Mr E
  • Score: 15

1:25pm Wed 23 Jul 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

Who in their right mind will leave their phones in a safe? You can restrict the amount that you use your phone without leaving it behind. Adults should be responsible enough to set time constraints.
Who in their right mind will leave their phones in a safe? You can restrict the amount that you use your phone without leaving it behind. Adults should be responsible enough to set time constraints. allsaintsnocurves
  • Score: 25

1:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Brock_and_Roll says...

Actually the basic idea is pretty sound, just mis-reported and miscommented.

If you come down on the train with the kids to Brock and you plan to hire some bikes for the afternoon, then it is pretty handy to have somewhere secure at the station to lock up all that excess stuff that you don't want to carry around with you, but might need later etc.

Obviously if you came by car then you can lock stuff in the car - this provides those without a car with safe storage.
Actually the basic idea is pretty sound, just mis-reported and miscommented. If you come down on the train with the kids to Brock and you plan to hire some bikes for the afternoon, then it is pretty handy to have somewhere secure at the station to lock up all that excess stuff that you don't want to carry around with you, but might need later etc. Obviously if you came by car then you can lock stuff in the car - this provides those without a car with safe storage. Brock_and_Roll
  • Score: 12

1:49pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Northamboy says...

I walk in the forest so will I be putting my phone in a safe? No I will not neither will I be putting my car keys in there either. If they don't want visitors then just say so and I will go elsewhere and take my money with me.
I walk in the forest so will I be putting my phone in a safe? No I will not neither will I be putting my car keys in there either. If they don't want visitors then just say so and I will go elsewhere and take my money with me. Northamboy
  • Score: 3

2:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

long memory says...

southamptonadi wrote:
First it was bikes, now they want to keep cars and phones away. What ever next?
Humans'
[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: First it was bikes, now they want to keep cars and phones away. What ever next?[/p][/quote]Humans' long memory
  • Score: 5

2:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

vpharm says...

National park chiefs are stupid. We have one bus an hour from Brockenhurst railway station to southampton direction & on bus an hour towards Lymington.
So how the hell can you travel from Brockenhurst to SWAY for example? You cant!
No us shelters either, buses are running very late in the good weather!
If they want us to leave our cars then they MUST TRIPLE the buses available!
National park chiefs are stupid. We have one bus an hour from Brockenhurst railway station to southampton direction & on bus an hour towards Lymington. So how the hell can you travel from Brockenhurst to SWAY for example? You cant! No us shelters either, buses are running very late in the good weather! If they want us to leave our cars then they MUST TRIPLE the buses available! vpharm
  • Score: 1

2:18pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Norwegian Saint says...

southamptonadi wrote:
First it was bikes, now they want to keep cars and phones away. What ever next?
Wives?
[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: First it was bikes, now they want to keep cars and phones away. What ever next?[/p][/quote]Wives? Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Wed 23 Jul 14

vpharm says...

Remind me how BAD the bus services are (1 bus per hour) & the fact last year many routes were scrapped, so how do you get by without a car?
If you leave your mobile & feel ill, how do you call for help bearing in mind most payphones have been removed in the forest?
Answer is have 3 buses an hour, bus shelters, subsidised bus journeys & free parking!

National park have been sniffing something I think!
Remind me how BAD the bus services are (1 bus per hour) & the fact last year many routes were scrapped, so how do you get by without a car? If you leave your mobile & feel ill, how do you call for help bearing in mind most payphones have been removed in the forest? Answer is have 3 buses an hour, bus shelters, subsidised bus journeys & free parking! National park have been sniffing something I think! vpharm
  • Score: 4

2:27pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Sholingista says...

Got a great idea to improve the New Forest and save taxpayers a ton of money!!

Scrap the New Forest National Park authority.
Got a great idea to improve the New Forest and save taxpayers a ton of money!! Scrap the New Forest National Park authority. Sholingista
  • Score: 12

2:42pm Wed 23 Jul 14

melting pot says...

No doubt the lockers will be made from the cheapest material known to man and not covered by CCTV.
Why not just invite the thieving scumbags to the party.........Oh they just have.
No doubt the lockers will be made from the cheapest material known to man and not covered by CCTV. Why not just invite the thieving scumbags to the party.........Oh they just have. melting pot
  • Score: 2

2:48pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

I doubt you'll make children appreciate the Forest by removing their gadgets. In pre-gadget days my children spent 8 hours in Lourdes and voted McDonalds as the best part of the experience. We gave up and took them to the beach.
I doubt you'll make children appreciate the Forest by removing their gadgets. In pre-gadget days my children spent 8 hours in Lourdes and voted McDonalds as the best part of the experience. We gave up and took them to the beach. Dai Rear
  • Score: 7

2:54pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Normalinda says...

I don't think that's a good idea really. What if you had an emergency and needed an ambulance or police. I would feel very insecure without any form of emergency contact. No NPA, this is a very bad idea indeed.
I don't think that's a good idea really. What if you had an emergency and needed an ambulance or police. I would feel very insecure without any form of emergency contact. No NPA, this is a very bad idea indeed. Normalinda
  • Score: 11

3:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Graeme Harrison says...

Mr E wrote:
I think the Daily Echo and a few of its regular commentators have become more than a little obsessed with cycling.

its got silly. Please stop.
It'd all be OK if they simply built an ice-rink there.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: I think the Daily Echo and a few of its regular commentators have become more than a little obsessed with cycling. its got silly. Please stop.[/p][/quote]It'd all be OK if they simply built an ice-rink there. Graeme Harrison
  • Score: 7

3:18pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Nearly an OAP says...

As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.
As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment. Nearly an OAP
  • Score: 13

3:18pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Buzzard2 says...

Northamboy wrote:
I walk in the forest so will I be putting my phone in a safe? No I will not neither will I be putting my car keys in there either. If they don't want visitors then just say so and I will go elsewhere and take my money with me.
Yes, I think you will find the scheme is entirely voluntary. Have you run out of pills, by any chance?
[quote][p][bold]Northamboy[/bold] wrote: I walk in the forest so will I be putting my phone in a safe? No I will not neither will I be putting my car keys in there either. If they don't want visitors then just say so and I will go elsewhere and take my money with me.[/p][/quote]Yes, I think you will find the scheme is entirely voluntary. Have you run out of pills, by any chance? Buzzard2
  • Score: 1

4:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dasal says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
Mr E wrote:
I think the Daily Echo and a few of its regular commentators have become more than a little obsessed with cycling.

its got silly. Please stop.
It'd all be OK if they simply built an ice-rink there.
LOVE IT !!
GSOH................
....................
.
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: I think the Daily Echo and a few of its regular commentators have become more than a little obsessed with cycling. its got silly. Please stop.[/p][/quote]It'd all be OK if they simply built an ice-rink there.[/p][/quote]LOVE IT !! GSOH................ .................... . Dasal
  • Score: 0

4:15pm Wed 23 Jul 14

normal1965 says...

funny as.what next.leave your kids at home.
funny as.what next.leave your kids at home. normal1965
  • Score: 2

4:50pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Big Mac says...

Nearly an OAP wrote:
As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.
Nothing worse than being trapped in a bog without your gadget to hand!
[quote][p][bold]Nearly an OAP[/bold] wrote: As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.[/p][/quote]Nothing worse than being trapped in a bog without your gadget to hand! Big Mac
  • Score: 2

5:11pm Wed 23 Jul 14

myownopinion says...

I would be interested to see the stats at the end of this scheme. How much it cost and how many people used it. Stupid idea, and a waste of money.
I would be interested to see the stats at the end of this scheme. How much it cost and how many people used it. Stupid idea, and a waste of money. myownopinion
  • Score: 4

5:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Nearly an OAP wrote:
As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.
If memory serves the Park Authority has been hijacked by Swampy and chums under the title "Natural England". hence all the renewable energy in the form of dead trees being wasted because it's "habitat for bugs" Which they obviously need, delicate little souls, who used to come out of Woomera after A bomb tests rubbing their feelers and saying "that was nice and warm"
[quote][p][bold]Nearly an OAP[/bold] wrote: As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.[/p][/quote]If memory serves the Park Authority has been hijacked by Swampy and chums under the title "Natural England". hence all the renewable energy in the form of dead trees being wasted because it's "habitat for bugs" Which they obviously need, delicate little souls, who used to come out of Woomera after A bomb tests rubbing their feelers and saying "that was nice and warm" Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

6:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Solent Soul says...

A good time to start pressing for less vehicle movements in the nfnp would be when they have sorted out the government funded bike hub that could be based in Brockenhurst, or if they can increase the bus services in the future otherwise no one's going to take it as a viable option. As for phones & other electronic devices, I think we could all take time out a bit more often, they are becoming like a third arm! And for the suggestion about leaving said valuables in ur car instead of the safety boxes, car thefts in the forest are on the increase because that's what people generally do whilst out for a walk..
A good time to start pressing for less vehicle movements in the nfnp would be when they have sorted out the government funded bike hub that could be based in Brockenhurst, or if they can increase the bus services in the future otherwise no one's going to take it as a viable option. As for phones & other electronic devices, I think we could all take time out a bit more often, they are becoming like a third arm! And for the suggestion about leaving said valuables in ur car instead of the safety boxes, car thefts in the forest are on the increase because that's what people generally do whilst out for a walk.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 2

7:09pm Wed 23 Jul 14

mickey01 says...

Leave the phones in a safe , my god that means the kids would have to talk to the parents ... how strange is that
Leave the phones in a safe , my god that means the kids would have to talk to the parents ... how strange is that mickey01
  • Score: 1

9:05pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Major Ray Cist says...

Leave your phones in a safe ? Mental !
How am I going to contact the other doggers ?
Leave your phones in a safe ? Mental ! How am I going to contact the other doggers ? Major Ray Cist
  • Score: 3

9:12pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Buzzard2 says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Nearly an OAP wrote:
As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.
If memory serves the Park Authority has been hijacked by Swampy and chums under the title "Natural England". hence all the renewable energy in the form of dead trees being wasted because it's "habitat for bugs" Which they obviously need, delicate little souls, who used to come out of Woomera after A bomb tests rubbing their feelers and saying "that was nice and warm"
I think your memory certainly does not serve you at all. Are you really talking about the same New Forest?
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nearly an OAP[/bold] wrote: As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.[/p][/quote]If memory serves the Park Authority has been hijacked by Swampy and chums under the title "Natural England". hence all the renewable energy in the form of dead trees being wasted because it's "habitat for bugs" Which they obviously need, delicate little souls, who used to come out of Woomera after A bomb tests rubbing their feelers and saying "that was nice and warm"[/p][/quote]I think your memory certainly does not serve you at all. Are you really talking about the same New Forest? Buzzard2
  • Score: 0

9:26pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Stubs says...

Mary80 wrote:
Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?
Well. What did they do 20 years ago.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?[/p][/quote]Well. What did they do 20 years ago. Stubs
  • Score: 2

10:03pm Wed 23 Jul 14

seven777. says...

Stubs wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?
Well. What did they do 20 years ago.
used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?[/p][/quote]Well. What did they do 20 years ago.[/p][/quote]used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not. seven777.
  • Score: 1

10:53pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Stubs says...

seven777. wrote:
Stubs wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?
Well. What did they do 20 years ago.
used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.
I remember the days when we had old baked bean cans with a long string attached to them both. That was all we had back then for communication. Sometimes it was hard to grasp the conversation if the string wasn't pulled tight enough. Can't really get the hang of these modern phones these days. I'm still working out how my 1982 VHS player works. Crazy I know!
[quote][p][bold]seven777.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?[/p][/quote]Well. What did they do 20 years ago.[/p][/quote]used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.[/p][/quote]I remember the days when we had old baked bean cans with a long string attached to them both. That was all we had back then for communication. Sometimes it was hard to grasp the conversation if the string wasn't pulled tight enough. Can't really get the hang of these modern phones these days. I'm still working out how my 1982 VHS player works. Crazy I know! Stubs
  • Score: 0

11:17pm Wed 23 Jul 14

BeyondImagination says...

I used my mobile to report a forest fire. It's one of the essentials I pack in case of emergency. Mobile signals are very poor in the forest any way. Daft idea.
I used my mobile to report a forest fire. It's one of the essentials I pack in case of emergency. Mobile signals are very poor in the forest any way. Daft idea. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 5

11:21pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Torchie1 says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
I used my mobile to report a forest fire. It's one of the essentials I pack in case of emergency. Mobile signals are very poor in the forest any way. Daft idea.
I have a Vodafone account and don't know anywhere in the forest that I can't get a signal.
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: I used my mobile to report a forest fire. It's one of the essentials I pack in case of emergency. Mobile signals are very poor in the forest any way. Daft idea.[/p][/quote]I have a Vodafone account and don't know anywhere in the forest that I can't get a signal. Torchie1
  • Score: 0

2:37am Thu 24 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Buzzard2 wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Nearly an OAP wrote:
As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.
If memory serves the Park Authority has been hijacked by Swampy and chums under the title "Natural England". hence all the renewable energy in the form of dead trees being wasted because it's "habitat for bugs" Which they obviously need, delicate little souls, who used to come out of Woomera after A bomb tests rubbing their feelers and saying "that was nice and warm"
I think your memory certainly does not serve you at all. Are you really talking about the same New Forest?
Well, some dafties have got to the National Park Authority, or else the fallen wood would have been properly harvested for fuel, wouldn't it? Were not the same numpties responsible for driving the Environment Agency into allowing the Somerset Levels to be inundated?
[quote][p][bold]Buzzard2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nearly an OAP[/bold] wrote: As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.[/p][/quote]If memory serves the Park Authority has been hijacked by Swampy and chums under the title "Natural England". hence all the renewable energy in the form of dead trees being wasted because it's "habitat for bugs" Which they obviously need, delicate little souls, who used to come out of Woomera after A bomb tests rubbing their feelers and saying "that was nice and warm"[/p][/quote]I think your memory certainly does not serve you at all. Are you really talking about the same New Forest?[/p][/quote]Well, some dafties have got to the National Park Authority, or else the fallen wood would have been properly harvested for fuel, wouldn't it? Were not the same numpties responsible for driving the Environment Agency into allowing the Somerset Levels to be inundated? Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

7:02am Thu 24 Jul 14

Buzzard2 says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Buzzard2 wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Nearly an OAP wrote:
As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.
If memory serves the Park Authority has been hijacked by Swampy and chums under the title "Natural England". hence all the renewable energy in the form of dead trees being wasted because it's "habitat for bugs" Which they obviously need, delicate little souls, who used to come out of Woomera after A bomb tests rubbing their feelers and saying "that was nice and warm"
I think your memory certainly does not serve you at all. Are you really talking about the same New Forest?
Well, some dafties have got to the National Park Authority, or else the fallen wood would have been properly harvested for fuel, wouldn't it? Were not the same numpties responsible for driving the Environment Agency into allowing the Somerset Levels to be inundated?
OK, I will fall for it. Your grasp of the issues in the New Forest is extraordinary.

If the little insects have survived so much and travelled so far, it is only right we should give them a home.

Mind you, it does seem odd that a forest should be managed by any environmentally aware body (not Natural England) for the benefit of future generations. No, we should be plundering it now and treat it as some sort of theme park. You are quite right to rely on what you read in the newspapers.

Good grief.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzzard2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nearly an OAP[/bold] wrote: As Normalinda stated in her post, mobile phones have saved lives in the New Forest in the past when visitors and locals have had to call the emergency services. I can recall several stories in the Lymington Times and New Milton Advertiser when visitors have been trapped in bogs or lost their way and have had to dial 999. If any sane action should be taken it should be to dissolve the National Park Authority, most of whose members originally were from outside the Forest and who are totally out of touch with the New Forest. Oh, and how about replacing those tatty New Forest National Park signs -- the brown wooden ones -- for something more in keeping with a national park. NPA you're a disgrace and an embarrassment.[/p][/quote]If memory serves the Park Authority has been hijacked by Swampy and chums under the title "Natural England". hence all the renewable energy in the form of dead trees being wasted because it's "habitat for bugs" Which they obviously need, delicate little souls, who used to come out of Woomera after A bomb tests rubbing their feelers and saying "that was nice and warm"[/p][/quote]I think your memory certainly does not serve you at all. Are you really talking about the same New Forest?[/p][/quote]Well, some dafties have got to the National Park Authority, or else the fallen wood would have been properly harvested for fuel, wouldn't it? Were not the same numpties responsible for driving the Environment Agency into allowing the Somerset Levels to be inundated?[/p][/quote]OK, I will fall for it. Your grasp of the issues in the New Forest is extraordinary. If the little insects have survived so much and travelled so far, it is only right we should give them a home. Mind you, it does seem odd that a forest should be managed by any environmentally aware body (not Natural England) for the benefit of future generations. No, we should be plundering it now and treat it as some sort of theme park. You are quite right to rely on what you read in the newspapers. Good grief. Buzzard2
  • Score: 0

8:50am Thu 24 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Insects will be here when human beings are long gone. Is it not better to use fallen wood as a renewable rather than build useless windmills across the south coast? Good grief, if fallen wood gathering were subsidised like useless windmills the Forest would actually be subject to proper husbandry
Insects will be here when human beings are long gone. Is it not better to use fallen wood as a renewable rather than build useless windmills across the south coast? Good grief, if fallen wood gathering were subsidised like useless windmills the Forest would actually be subject to proper husbandry Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

9:21am Thu 24 Jul 14

Zexagon says...

seven777. wrote:
Stubs wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?
Well. What did they do 20 years ago.
used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.
I used my mobile phone 20 years ago
[quote][p][bold]seven777.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?[/p][/quote]Well. What did they do 20 years ago.[/p][/quote]used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.[/p][/quote]I used my mobile phone 20 years ago Zexagon
  • Score: 1

10:14am Thu 24 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

Zexagon wrote:
seven777. wrote:
Stubs wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?
Well. What did they do 20 years ago.
used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.
I used my mobile phone 20 years ago
You're Frank Cannon Private Eye, aren't you? "Hello Mobile Operator"
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seven777.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?[/p][/quote]Well. What did they do 20 years ago.[/p][/quote]used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.[/p][/quote]I used my mobile phone 20 years ago[/p][/quote]You're Frank Cannon Private Eye, aren't you? "Hello Mobile Operator" Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

1:06pm Thu 24 Jul 14

wilson castaway says...

ok ill pop my phone in a safe..ill take a camera, a sat nav, a radio, batteries, a pen and paper and a stamp to write my mum a note to let her know I arrived safely by letter, a map so I don't get lost a couple of board games to play whilst my children run around, change for a telephone box incase of emergencies, food and drink for 3 days incase I get lost...nah...ill just keep my phone cheers
ok ill pop my phone in a safe..ill take a camera, a sat nav, a radio, batteries, a pen and paper and a stamp to write my mum a note to let her know I arrived safely by letter, a map so I don't get lost a couple of board games to play whilst my children run around, change for a telephone box incase of emergencies, food and drink for 3 days incase I get lost...nah...ill just keep my phone cheers wilson castaway
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Thu 24 Jul 14

wilson castaway says...

Zexagon wrote:
seven777. wrote:
Stubs wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?
Well. What did they do 20 years ago.
used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.
I used my mobile phone 20 years ago
Bet it was huuuge !!
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seven777.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?[/p][/quote]Well. What did they do 20 years ago.[/p][/quote]used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.[/p][/quote]I used my mobile phone 20 years ago[/p][/quote]Bet it was huuuge !! wilson castaway
  • Score: 0

1:23pm Thu 24 Jul 14

solomum says...

wilson castaway wrote:
ok ill pop my phone in a safe..ill take a camera, a sat nav, a radio, batteries, a pen and paper and a stamp to write my mum a note to let her know I arrived safely by letter, a map so I don't get lost a couple of board games to play whilst my children run around, change for a telephone box incase of emergencies, food and drink for 3 days incase I get lost...nah...ill just keep my phone cheers
Do you have to let your mum know you arrived safely for a day in the forest? For crying out loud. How previous generations survived is a mystery. Try running around with your children, perhaps playing some family games such as badminton or football in the forest, or is the thought of interacting with them too much to contemplate.
[quote][p][bold]wilson castaway[/bold] wrote: ok ill pop my phone in a safe..ill take a camera, a sat nav, a radio, batteries, a pen and paper and a stamp to write my mum a note to let her know I arrived safely by letter, a map so I don't get lost a couple of board games to play whilst my children run around, change for a telephone box incase of emergencies, food and drink for 3 days incase I get lost...nah...ill just keep my phone cheers[/p][/quote]Do you have to let your mum know you arrived safely for a day in the forest? For crying out loud. How previous generations survived is a mystery. Try running around with your children, perhaps playing some family games such as badminton or football in the forest, or is the thought of interacting with them too much to contemplate. solomum
  • Score: -1

1:52pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Greener72 says...

Zexagon wrote:
seven777. wrote:
Stubs wrote:
Mary80 wrote: Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?
Well. What did they do 20 years ago.
used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.
I used my mobile phone 20 years ago
I bet your mobile still looks 20 year old
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seven777.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: Um i don't like the idea of leaving a phone in a safe mostly because what if there's a family emergency or something else?[/p][/quote]Well. What did they do 20 years ago.[/p][/quote]used a phone box but they are few and far between now , 20 years ago we phoned a place and if no one was in that was that but now we phone a person and they can be anywhere, we live in modern world like it or not.[/p][/quote]I used my mobile phone 20 years ago[/p][/quote]I bet your mobile still looks 20 year old Greener72
  • Score: -1

7:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Stubs says...

Hope to upgrade soon to a Nokia 3210. Can't afford much as I needed to get a new car. Decided to buy a new Jag.
Hope to upgrade soon to a Nokia 3210. Can't afford much as I needed to get a new car. Decided to buy a new Jag. Stubs
  • Score: 0

3:17pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mousetrap says...

Northamboy wrote:
I walk in the forest so will I be putting my phone in a safe? No I will not neither will I be putting my car keys in there either. If they don't want visitors then just say so and I will go elsewhere and take my money with me.
Quite! I sometimes think these areas shoot themselves in the foot sometimes. It is the same with the Lake District - the authorities don't want you but want your money.
[quote][p][bold]Northamboy[/bold] wrote: I walk in the forest so will I be putting my phone in a safe? No I will not neither will I be putting my car keys in there either. If they don't want visitors then just say so and I will go elsewhere and take my money with me.[/p][/quote]Quite! I sometimes think these areas shoot themselves in the foot sometimes. It is the same with the Lake District - the authorities don't want you but want your money. Mousetrap
  • Score: 5

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