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Built Heritage

"Please drive slow for the ponies"


Polly Smythe


The New Forest is well known for its free roaming animals, wide open heathland and ancient commoning traditions.

But the area’s distinctive and attractive buildings also make an important contribution to its unique character.

There are hundreds of beautiful buildings that make the National Park such a special place and each year many high quality new buildings are constructed that enhance the communities in which they are situated.

As the planning authority, we seek to ensure new buildings enhance the built heritage of the National Park.

Each year our building design awards seek to celebrate exceptional new developments.

National Park Archaeologist


'Areas of the New Forest were used to test bombs in World War I and II. Please keep away from objects that might be dangerous and notify the police.'

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