The New Forest has a wide-range of local, national and international protections, meaning the New Forest is globally important for its landscape, nature conservation, heritage and recreation
We are the current custodian of the Crown lands of the New Forest, which make up nearly half of the total area of the National Park. It’s a role that requires us to balance the needs of people, nature and business, and ensure that the public are able to enjoy the forest in the most appropriate way.
We continue to urge people to follow government social distancing guidance and to behave responsibly when visiting the New Forest.
We want people to enjoy the seasonal spectacle of fungi, we just ask that you don’t pick. Fungi are great to admire and marvellously photogenic too. By not picking the fungi everyone can enjoy this seasonal display. The New Forest is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a stronghold for many rare and endangered species of fungi. Leaving fungi unpicked means they can be studied and allowed to contribute to the fragile ecosystem of our woods and forests.
A unique way of life exists here in the New Forest where commoner’s ponies, donkeys and pigs roam freely. As the darker nights draw in, drivers need to be careful on their journeys and drive slowly across the Forest. Drivers should also watch out for wild deer on Forest roads at night, or early in the morning.
Most of our car parks in the New Forest are currently open. All other visitor facilities in the Forest including BBQ areas, information cabins, the Reptile Centre and some of our toilets remain closed. Please do not to park on grass verges or block gates. Parking on verges erodes the landscape, destroys rare plants, and significantly reduces the amount of grazing for ponies and livestock. Some areas of the Forest may be busy at times, but parking is not permitted anywhere other than within the official car parks.
Map of Forestry England car parks in the New Forest
Stick to the marked trails
It's particularly important that cyclists sticking to marked and designated cycle trails in the New Forest, which is a highly protected landscape, where Forest livestock roam freely. There are over 100 miles of off-road waymarked cycle routes in the New Forest and we encourage cyclists to stay on these all year round.