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.
High fire risk
Fire risks remain high and for this reason fires of any kind, including BBQs or disposal of cigarettes, are currently not allowed anywhere on the Forest.
Coronavirus update for the New Forest
In response to the government’s updated policy on coronavirus we've reopened many of our car parks in the New Forest where the safety conditions of the public and staff can be met. All other visitor facilities in the Forest including toilets, BBQ areas, visitor cabins and campsites remain closed, in line with social distancing requirements.
As people begin to return to the Forest at this critical time of year for nature, we’re urging them to look after the natural environment that has helped many during these challenging times. Throughout lockdown, nature has been bursting into life with birds nesting and animals giving birth across the Forest. As people begin to return, nature will need help to stay protected and flourish.
Also, it’s a vital time of year for ground-nesting birds, looking after their chicks on the heathlands, and the public are urged to stay on the main paths when walking, cycling or horse riding. Dog walkers are asked to keep dogs on the main tracks, and if necessary use a lead to ensure this. People are also advised to keep their distance from the many animals that have been born on the Forest during the lockdown as they will have very protective parents.
With many car parks open, Forestry England is reminding people 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.
We’d like to thank everyone that has continued to help us protect this special place. We recognise that many people have missed the New Forest and are now keen to return, but we continue to urge people to follow new government social distancing guidance and to behave responsibly when visiting.
New Forest car parks now open
Acres Down, Anderwood, Andrews Mare, Appleslade, Ashley Walk, Balmer Lawn, Barrow Moor, Beachern Wood, Beaulieu Road, Blackwater, Blackwell Common, Bolderwood, Bolton Queens, Boltons Bench, Boltons Cricket, Boundway, Bramble Hill Walk, Bramshaw Green, Bramshaw Wood, Broadley, Brock Hill, Brockishill Green, Broomy Walk, Brownhills, Bull Hill, Burley, Burley Cricket, Busketts Lawn, Cadmans Pool, Cadnam Cricket, Castle Hill, Castle Hill Viewpoint, Clay Hill, Culverley, Darkwater, Deadman Hill, Deerleap, Dibden Inclosure, Eyeworth Pond, Football Green, Fritham, Goatspen, Godshill, Godshill Cricket, Godshill Pit, Hatchet Moor, Hatchet Pond, Hawkhill, Hazel Hill, High Corner, Highland Water, Holmsley, Holmsley Walk, Horseshoe Bottom, Iron Hill, Ivy Wood, James Hill, Janesmoor Pond, Kings Hat, Knightwood Oak, Linford Bottom, Longcross, Longdown, Longslade Bottom, Longslade Heath, Longslade View, Lords Oak, Lucy Hill, Marchwood Inclosure, Matley, Milkham, Mill Lawn, Millyford Bridge, Minstead Road, Mogshade, Moonhills, Norley Wood, North Gate, Oakley, Ober Corner, Parc Pale, Picket Post, Pig Bush, Pipers Wait, Puttles Bridge, Rans Wood, Roundhill, Rufus Stone, Setthorns, Shave Wood, Shepherds Gutter, Shirley Holms, Smugglers Road, Spring bushes, Standing Hat, Stockley carpark, Stoney Cross Plain, Swan Green, Tillery Road, Telegraph Hill, Turf Hill, Vereley, Vereley Hill, Vinney Ridge, Whitefield Moor, Whitemoor, Whitesheet, Whitley Wood, Wilverley Pit, Woods Corner, Woosons, Wootton Bridge and Yew tree Bottom.
Further local information
All Camping in the Forest campsites are closed.
For updates on New Forest District Council services including community information, waste, support to businesses, housing, planning, benefits, and council tax, please see www.newforest.gov.uk/coronavirus.