Management plan

Coral necklace Hincheslea Moor

National Park Management Plan

What is the Management Plan?

The New Forest National Park Management Plan was published in 2010 and contains the vision and objectives designed to guide the long-term management of the National Park.

It also includes a great deal of information about the New Forest and the main issues it faces, described under 10 different topics. These range from enhancing landscapes and habitats and conserving local distinctiveness, to supporting local communities and improving traffic and transport.

The plan was agreed following extensive public consultation and the direct involvement of many Forest organisations, communities and individuals. They all played a large part in creating the plan in its final form.  The majority of the Plan is still entirely relevant and will not be changed, however, the priority actions covered the period 2010-15 and are in the process of being updated.

Consultation on the revised draft

11 May to 22 June 2015

A revised version of the Management Plan update was published for a six week period of public consultation from 11 May to 22 June 2015. The main changes to the initial draft (see details below) are shown in red-brown type and the most important revisions that have been made are also listed. This consultation has now closed.

What happens next?

Following consideration of all the consultation responses received, a final version of the document will be agreed by the main partner organisations later in the summer. The Plan will then be published on the website, allowing regular updates and the reporting of progress on the actions.

Updating the Management Plan for 2015-2020 - what has happened so far?

About the update

The update is designed to be a supplement to the existing Management Plan and focuses primarily on bringing the actions in the plan up-to-date, looking forward over the next five years. It also includes short chapters illustrating some of the projects completed over the last few years and the major changes or issues that have arisen since 2010.

Who has helped to produce it?

The update has been produced jointly by all the main statutory organisations involved in the National Park. They have suggested ideas for the text and proposed a number of actions which they are able to take forward during the period 2015-2020.

In addition, many other Forest organisations have also contributed to the actions. The aim is to create a partnership document, showing how the collective work of all these organisations and interests can bring about important benefits for the New Forest and its special qualities.

Call for views - consultation 20 October to 19 December 2014

Views were invited on an initial draft of the Management Plan update as part of the 'Call for views' - a consultation held between 20 October to 19 December 2014. This resulted in 79 responses from organisations and individuals with a total of more than 500 specific comments. These were taken into account when producing a revised draft for further public consultation.

Background documents

The actions in the revised plan have been assessed for impacts on sustainability (Sustainability Appraisal Report) and on the integrity of the protected sites of European importance for nature conservation (Habitats Regulations Screening Report).

These reports, as interim documents, are included here as background information and for any comments. Their findings will be taken into account when producing the final document.

Contact us

For more information about the Management Plan update please email


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