Situated on an old coaching route, Bolderwood has all the ingredients for a family day out
We are delighted that Bolderwood is featured as part of the Ancient Canopy to be dedicated to Her Majesty in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. Ancient Woodlands are cherished reminders of our living heritage, often referred to as “nature’s Crown Jewels”. We are proud to be part of this unique project, which aims to raise awareness of these treasured habitats and the importance of conserving them for future generations.
Bolderwood contains some of the oldest Douglas fir trees in the New Forest with some dating back as far as 1860. South of Bolderwood car park lies an extensive area of ancient and ornamental woodland, which has a wonderful mixture of native trees that is open to local peoples’ grazing animals. It has many veteran trees growing that are home to rare wildlife and plants. These big, old trees provide a vital link to the landscape’s history, when it was a Royal Forest and deer park.
The New Forest has a fascinating history and Bolderwood has direct links to The Crown. The earliest record of a royal hunting lodge at Bolderwood dates to 1325 and the reign of King Edward II. A lodge existed on the site in various forms until the 18th century when it was demolished.
Craig Harrison, Forestry England’s Deputy Surveyor for the New Forest said: “We’re absolutely delighted and honoured that Bolderwood has been chosen to be part of the Ancient Canopy. It recognises the woodland’s special features and historic royal connection.
“It’s a tribute on behalf of the whole New Forest community, dedicating this woodland to The Queen in honour of 70 years of service to her country."
“The tribute is also a credit to my Forestry England colleagues who work extremely hard to look after the New Forest and carefully plan and expertly manage this area for future generations to enjoy.”
Respect, Protect, Enjoy
To help prevent dangerous forest fires, this is a no BBQ and fire zone – BBQs and campfires are not permitted in our car parks or other areas of the forest managed by Forestry England and all BBQ facilities have been removed.
Explore Bolderwood on two wheels by following the New Forest’s great network of cycle trails.