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New Forest Permissions - frequently asked questions

Updated 18th December 2020

Are there restrictions on the time of year that I can hold an organised event in the New Forest?
Yes, at certain times of the year you will be asked to avoid areas that are sensitive to wildlife, where Forestry management is taking place, or it’s a particularly busy area. We will try our best to help you find a suitable location, which may be away from the New Forest and is much less sensitive.

Can I advertise my event before I have your permission?
It’s not advisable to promote your activity or event before the land manager’s permission has been granted, as we may turn down your application and it will invalidate your Public Liability Insurance.

Are there restrictions on the number of people that can take part in the event I’m organising?
We can advise you on the suitable numbers for your event, as it depends on the nature of the activity, the time of year, and the routes/locations. Some permits include certain restrictions and guidance to make sure that the natural environment is respected by participants.

Can I run an event anywhere on the Crown lands of the New Forest?
Any locations and routes would first need to be approved, to ensure no damage was caused to sensitive wildlife habitats and does not cause damage to features of historic interest.

If the event involves large numbers of people, consideration has to be given to their welfare needs, for example toilet facilities and safe access to the area for the emergency services, should anything happen. Our staff know the Forest well and we can work with event organisers through the permission system to find a suitable location that ensures there are no clashes with any other events taking place in the same location and all the correct infrastructure and facilities are in place.

Is there a charge for permits?
Charges vary, depending on the scale and nature of the activity. Fees help to cover the costs of administration and support we give to production companies and event organisers during and after their event or activity. We are a non-profit making organisation and money raised from permission fees go towards helping us to look after the unique environment in which the event is held.

What happens if my event is not permitted in the New Forest?
We’ll try our best to find a solution, as Forestry England has many other woods and forests across England that could be used. We can give you guidance on finding a suitable location that’s a much less sensitive site.