Student filming for coursework on Forestry England land

Updated 22nd July 2021

Students wishing to use our woodlands for filming project coursework should read the following instructions:

Bourne Wood is not available for filming. 

The Woodlands allocated for student filming are Holt Pound and Abbotts Wood.

Directions to Abbotts Wood: (GU10 4LS)

Heading south on the A325 out of Farnham, turn left when you get to Dockenfield Street and go down the road about half a mile.  You will see a car park on the right hand side of the road clearly signed ‘Abbotts Wood’.  Use the free car park and do your recce from there.

There is no charge for using Abbotts Wood. However, if you want to get a vehicle into the wood or stay after the car park closes, you will have to pay a £30 refundable deposit to the Forestry England to get a gate key. This key will be posted to you from the New Forest office in Lyndhurst, so you need to plan in advance.

The same applies to Holt Pound.  This wood is next door to Birdworld and can be accessed from an unmarked gateway on Gravel Hill Road.  Look out for a metal barrier and park in the gateway without blocking it. The nearest post code is GU10 4LH. 

If you decide to use either wood, email your request to  who will then send you a short application form. You should complete this carefully and return it with your college Public Liability Insurance certificate and an email from your college tutor confirming:

  1. that you will be insured by your college all the time you are on Forestry England land
  2. that you are bona fide students doing college/university coursework.

You will then get your permit – this process needs at least two weeks notice to Forestry England. Last minute requests will not be granted.

You must be specific about giving the date/s you want to come and include a BRIEF description of what you wish to do.

Please note that fires are not permitted; no guns or weapons of any kind, or set-building will be allowed. Filming is restricted to daylight hours only.

You should be aware that all Forestry England woods are public places and people will be passing by, often with dogs or horses.  No-one should be alarmed by filming activity.

You should leave the woods as you find them – no litter or damage to trees.