The New Forest
The New Forest is a spectacular landscape made up of a unique mix of woodlands and open heathland that is globally important for nature conservation.
We are the current custodian of the Crown lands of the New Forest, just over 29,000 hectares, 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 wildlife, people and business, and make sure that everyone is able to enjoy this special landscape in the most appropriate way.
Respect, Protect, Enjoy
Ensuring the New Forest is a safe place to come and protecting the very special nature we have here, requires all of us to respect and look after it. Thank you for helping us look after our precious landscape.
Park and drive responsibly
Parking is only allowed within our designated car parks, please do not to park on grass verges or block gates. Keep highways clear and leave plenty of room for other road users to pass. Find out which car parks are open and have facilities.
Stick to the marked trails
It's particularly important that cyclists stick to way-marked cycle trails in the New Forest, which is a highly protected and fragile landscape. There are over 100 miles of off-road waymarked cycle routes that you can use and cyclists must stay on these all year round.
Keep your distance
Please help reduce animal accidents by driving with extra care on Forest roads. Please don't feed the animals, the Forest is home to many grazing animals and wildlife that can be made ill from discarded food and litter that people leave behind. Please help us keep the New Forest a tidy place for people and safe place for animals by being responsible for your own rubbish.
No fires or BBQs are allowed
To help prevent dangerous forest fires, this is now a no BBQ and fire zone – BBQs and campfires are no longer permitted in our car parks or other areas of the forest managed by Forestry England and all BBQ facilities have been removed from our sites. Protecting the New Forest from the risk of wildfires is everyone’s responsibility.
Follow the New Forest Code
The New Forest code focuses on nine simple ways visitors and residents can help care for this unique and special place. Find out more: The New Forest Code
Visit one of our main visitor sites:
- Blackwater (SO43 7QB)
- New Forest Reptile Centre (SO43 7GR)
- Bolderwood (SO43 7GE)
- Knightwood Oak (SO43 7QB)
- Anderwood (SO43 4HT)
- Whitefield Moor (SO42 7QD)
- Wilverley (BH25 5TZ)
- Hatchet Pond (SO42 7WE)
- New Park
- Bolton's Bench
- Verderers’ Hall
Find a car park: New Forest Car Parks