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Alice Holt Forest is an ancient forest in Hampshire, south west of Farnhammarker in Surreymarker near the village of Rowledgemarker. It is noted for its oak trees which once supplied timber for navy ships. Recently Alice Holt oak has been used to build a replica of Shakespeare's Globe theatremarker in Londonmarker.

Part of the forest is designated as a research area, used for studies into subjects such as forest carbon dynamics, environmental change and wood fuels.

The forest's central area serves as a visitor attraction, with facilities like car parks, a cafe, playgrounds, cycle hire and waymarked trails for walking and cycling. Cycling provision includes inclusive equipment to accommodate cycling by people with disabilities.

History

The forest is believed to have originated in the Atlantic period. Iron Age and Roman relics indicate human habitation for over two thousand years, and the forest was used as a Royal hunting forest by William the Conqueror.

Alice Holt also gives its name to a particular diagnostic pottery style from the period of Roman occupation of Britain. Alice Holt Pottery is coarse grey sandy ware which has a particularly rough finish.

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