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Car park closures

Updated 25th February 2021

Ground nesting birds - car park closures

From 1 March - end of July, special quiet zones will be established around critical breeding locations for ground-nesting birds and a small number of car parks near to these closed. The locations are chosen based on survey work from the previous breeding season and ongoing analysis of the prime locations for different species of bird. Limiting activity in these small pockets helps reduce the likelihood of birds abandoning nests and exposing chicks to predators. The car parks closed will be - Crockford, Crockford Clump, Yewtree Heath, Clayhill, Hinchelsea, Shatterford, Hinchelsea Moor and Ocknell Pond. Alternative car parks are located near all of these areas.

Winter car park closures 2020/21

Every year we shut a small number of car parks over the winter, those in need of maintenance or likely to be damaged by bad weather. This year we are keeping some of these open a little longer than usual as we recognise that greater numbers of people want to exercise outdoors and this will help reduce congestion across our car parks.

The winter months are a particularly busy time for Forestry England’s Recreation and Civil Engineer teams, who are working hard to repair and re-surface the car parks after the very busy summer period when the volume of traffic was high.

Below is the list of car parks to be closed until 26 March 2021 as part of our annual winter closures programme. Signage is already in place giving people advanced warning of the closure and there are signs on the car park barriers detailing where the next nearest available car park is located. These may be subject to change; we will continue to monitor and review the winter car parks closures considering any rises in footfall during this period.

New Forest Reptile Centre and its car park remain closed. Toilets at Anderwood car park are closed and Hatchet Pond toilets have been removed.

Winter Closures 2020/21
Car Park Closures 2020/21Nearest Open Car Park
Lords OakBramshaw Wood
Shepherd's GutterLongcross
Ocknell PondCadman’s Pool
Spring BushesBroomy Walk
Hazel HillMinstead Road
Shave WoodFootball Green
Osmond’s BushesGoatspen
Longslade HeathHorseshoe Bottom
Ober CornerBeachern Wood
Whitley WoodClay Hill Heath
WhitemoorJames Hill
Standing HatTilery Road
Vereley HillVereley
OgdensHCC Abbott’s Well

During this time please use an alternative car park and do not park on verges, along access tracks or in gateways, thank you.