Management plan

Coral necklace Hincheslea Moor

National Park 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, but the priority actions covered the period 2010-15 and now need updating.

Updating the Management Plan for 2015-2020

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, as an initial draft, has been produced jointly by many of the larger 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 a variety of other Forest organisations have also contributed to the actions, and it is hoped that during the consultation (see below) further communities, local groups and individuals will all suggest work they are planning, for inclusion in the final draft.

The aim is to create a partnership document, showing how the collective work of many different organisations and interests can bring about important benefits for the New Forest and its special qualities.

Call for views - informal consultation
20 October to 19 December 2014

Your views are invited on an initial draft of the Management Plan update as part of the 'Call for views' - an informal consultation running from 20 October to 19 December 2014.

In particular we would like to know:

  • Any examples of recent projects in the Forest that you would like to see included
  • Any of the actions that you feel are of particular importance and should be kept in the final version
  • Any actions that should be changed or removed.

You can send comments using the comments sheet, or simply by emailing or writing to our policy team:

Post: New Forest National Park Authority, Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG.

Please note that all comments will be made publicly available.

Drop-in sessions

Thank you to all those who attended the 2014 sessions which enabled useful and in-depth discussions on a number of topics:

  • 4 November at Bramshaw Village Hall
  • 10 November at Sway Village Hall
  • 12 November at Godshill Village Hall
  • 17 November at Lyndhurst Community Centre.

What happens next

Comments received during the 'Call for views' will help in revising the update, which will then be published for a further period of formal public consultation in spring 2015. 

Taking any additional comments into account, a final version of the document will be agreed by the main partner organisations later in 2015, and will be followed by regular monitoring and reporting of progress on the actions.

Background documents

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

These reports, as interim documents, are included here as background information and for any comments. Their initial findings will be taken into account when revising the draft update, and they will be amended and re-published for the formal consultation stage.

The original Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Screening Report for the 2010 Management Plan are also available on request.

Progress on the original Management Plan

A summary of progress on the original actions in the Management Plan, covering the period 2010-2015, shows that about 80% of the actions have been completed or substantial work has been carried out. Further work on many of the actions is included, through specific projects, in the 2015-2020 update.

Contact us

For more information about the Management Plan update or the 'Call for views' consultation please email


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