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Conservation

Our work to ensure the National Park is protected and enhanced.

Conserving the Forest

The New Forest has long been recognised as a beautiful place, rich in history and wildlife habitats, and an oasis of calm in a busy world. Its designation as a National Park gives it the highest level of landscape protection and this section covers the work we do to ensure the area is protected and enhanced.
Ground nesting birds

Ground nesting birds

Land Advice Service

Land Advice Service

Rivers and streams

Rivers and streams

Higher Level Stewardship

Higher Level Stewardship

Managing recreation

Managing recreation in the National Park is an important task for a range of local organisations.

Cycle events

Cycle events

Open access

Open access

Countryside Access

Countryside Access

Encouraging sustainability

Funded projects

Since 2006 we have funded sustainability projects within...

Encouraging sustainability

Sustainable transport

More than 95% of visitors to the New...

Encouraging sustainability

The New Forest National Park is a fragile place, where thriving communities live next to rare habitats. So we work to encourage sustainable living through education, conservation, the use of green technologies, building in environmentally friendly ways, and the production of local food and goods. Find out how we’ve supported sustainable projects through grants and continue to encourage people to travel car-free.

Preserving history and culture

The New Forest has a unique history; from royal hunting ground to Napoleonic ship building, salt making to World War Two airfields. The jewels in the National Park’s heritage crown are more than 200 scheduled monuments and 600 listed buildings. Use this section to find out about some of our work to record, protect and share this information with people of all ages and interests, as well as how we protect the area’s heritage through the planning system.

Preserving history and culture

Wartime heritage

Few people realise the important role that the...

Supporting commoning

Support and advice

Through the New Forest Land Advice Service (NFLAS),...

Supporting commoning

Stopping petting of animals

Feeding ponies causes serious issues in the New...

Supporting commoning

The New Forest has a long and proud history of commoning: the system whereby even today certain people have the right to release animals onto the open forest and collect firewood. It has given the forest its mosaic of grazed habitats and influences many aspects of the local communities. The New Forest remains one of the few extensive lowland commons where common rights are still widely practised and a strong commoning culture continues. This section details how we work with partner organisations to enable commoning to thrive alongside rising neighbouring populations, a vibrant and important economy, increased traffic, and higher land and house prices.

Landscape partnership

It will undertake 21 projects to restore lost habitats, develop Forest skills and inspire a new generation to champion and care for the New Forest. The five year scheme is being led by the New Forest National Park Authority with 10 key partners - contact us.

Landscape partnership

Landscape partnership projects

Our Past, Our Future will deliver 21 projects...

Landscape partnership

Training

Landowners and managers are crucial in maintaining the...

Green Halo partnership

Join us

With greater understanding about natural capital and the...

Green Halo partnership

Our natural resources

The term 'natural capital' is used to describe...

Green Halo partnership

Our vision is to be a global exemplar of how our most precious landscapes can work in harmony with a thriving, economically successful community. We bring together businesses, universities, charities and communities to ensure our world class environment in and around the New Forest National Park flourishes as an integral part of our wider area's thriving economy and society. Join us Find out how you and your organisation can get involved by emailing greenhalo@newforestnpa.gov.uk, or call Paul Walton on 01590 646631.

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