Statement from Forestry England
The campsites in the Crown Lands of the New Forest are operated by an independent, commercial camping company – Camping in the Forest. The company operate, staff and run campsites across the UK, including these 10 in the New Forest. They have taken the decision not to open any of their campsites for the rest of this season.
We feel for the staff, their families and holidaymakers affected by Camping in the Forests’ decision not to run a very short season in 2020, and we hope the company takes the time to quickly review and reconsider.
We understand the economic environment post-lockdown is very tough and seasonal businesses are uncertain about their income. We are also very aware of people’s concerns about the anti-social behaviour we are already seeing in our Forests and fears that closed campsites might increase this.
Forestry England is urgently talking to other forest organisations, landowners and local stakeholders to find ways to work together to limit wild camping and other anti-social use of the Forest.