Unspoilt landscape news

Fire service issue heathland fire safety appeal

controlled burning

Published on Thursday 13 April 2017

Firefighters are issuing an appeal for people to stay safe while enjoying the New Forest this weekend.

Rare birds in the New Forest facing extinction

Eurasian curlew

Published on Tuesday 4 April 2017

Alarming new figures suggest that the curlew is at risk of extinction in southern England, including in its New Forest stronghold.

Be a litter hero this weekend

litter pickers

Published on Tuesday 28 February 2017

More than 400 local volunteers are expected to be out and about this weekend giving the New Forest a spring clean.

National Grid begin New Forest undergrounding survey work

Hale purlieu national grid undergrounding pylons 6095

Published on Wednesday 8 February 2017

From Friday 10 February for three weeks, National Grid will undertake survey work to inform plans to underground power cables in the New Forest.

Top marks for New Forest beaches

The coastland at Lepe Country Park

Published on Wednesday 9 November 2016

Visitors to the New Forest’s beautiful beaches are enjoying water of the very highest quality according to a nationwide scientific study.

Interactive map shows New Forest’s dark night skies

light pollution

Published on Monday 13 June 2016

New detailed satellite maps of light pollution in England show that the New Forest boasts some of the darkest skies in the south east.

Reviving rural skills to benefit wildlife

OPOF hedgelaying 2016

Published on Monday 9 May 2016

Volunteers in the New Forest are learning traditional rural skills to help revive the area’s hedgerows for wildlife.

Environmental scheme makes New Forest fit for the future


Published on Tuesday 19 April 2016

A multi-million pound scheme is continuing to benefit the New Forest.

Clean for The Queen events this weekend

Leave nothing but footprints

Published on Wednesday 2 March 2016

Hundreds of volunteers are expected to take part in litter picks across the New Forest this weekend as the Clean for The Queen weekend gets underway.

Gardeners can join fight against invasive plant


Published on Tuesday 1 March 2016

New Forest organisations are appealing to gardeners to help combat an invasive non-native plant which is harming local wetlands.

New Forest supports 'Clean for The Queen' this Spring

Julian Lewis, Desmond Swayne, Alison Barnes, litter free forest and sea posters

Published on Thursday 7 January 2016

Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year and we are calling for volunteers to help tidy up their community as part of the celebrations.

Giving New Forest nature a fighting chance


Published on Tuesday 24 November 2015

A community-led conservation project is marking three successful years helping nature thrive in the New Forest.

Landmark grant to secure New Forest’s future


Published on Monday 26 October 2015

A partnership scheme to conserve the New Forest’s unique heritage, landscape and wildlife for future generations has received £2.8m, thanks to National Lottery players.

Ranger Dawn leads the Green Way ahead


Published on Thursday 17 September 2015

New Forest People and Wildlife Ranger Dawn Rayment (above left) is set to become a familiar face across the district as she embarks on a mission to keep it a special place for all to enjoy.

National Grid plans to reduce the visual impact of overhead lines in the New Forest

Forest scenes by Mark Heighes

Published on Tuesday 15 September 2015

Latest stage of a £500 million project to reduce visual impact of electricity infrastructure in protected landscapes

New Forest MPs back anti-litter campaign

Julian Lewis, Desmond Swayne, Alison Barnes, litter free forest and sea posters

Published on Tuesday 25 August 2015

The New Forest’s two MPs have shown their support for an anti-litter campaign in the National Park.

Grants to support ancient New Forest tradition


Published on Tuesday 25 August 2015

A new grants scheme has launched to provide commoners in the New Forest with much-needed funds to support their traditional way of life.

Favourite photos of the Forest announced

seasonal snaps

Published on Wednesday 5 August 2015

The votes have been cast and the winners chosen in a competition to find the best summer photo of the New Forest.

Leave nothing but footprints

Leave nothing but footprints

Published on Wednesday 22 July 2015

We are reminding residents and visitors to the New Forest to enjoy the area and to take care not to harm it with litter.

Newts return to restored New Forest pond


Published on Thursday 21 May 2015

A pond restoration project aiming to benefit wildlife has achieved instant success, with a family of newts returning to the site.

New Forest stargazers overcome ‘night blight’ to flourish


Published on Tuesday 17 March 2015

Astronomers across the New Forest are heralding the area as an excellent location for stargazing, while raising awareness of the impact of light pollution on dark night skies.

Rural advice service on a high after five years


Published on Monday 16 March 2015

The New Forest’s commoners, landowners and farmers are celebrating the fifth anniversary of a service that helps them and wildlife thrive in the National Park.

Local community invited to join study on reducing visual impact of existing power lines in New Forest

Idol of Bratley

Published on Monday 23 February 2015

National Grid and New Forest National Park Authority collaborating as part of the Visual Impact Provision project

Pony-proof bins initiative to protect New Forest animals

pony-proof bin Brockenhurst Primary School

Published on Tuesday 10 February 2015

Visitors to the New Forest are urged to help protect ponies and donkeys from potentially harmful food litter.

Nominations open for New Forest awards 2015

cyrils soap shed

Published on Friday 16 January 2015

Nominations are now open for an awards scheme to recognise those making an outstanding contribution to conserving the unique landscape and traditions of the New Forest.

Volunteers create New Forest’s first community woodland

Pondhead Conservation Trust

Published on Thursday 8 January 2015

Volunteers are reviving old forest customs such as charcoal production to care for the New Forest’s first community woodland.

Government plans put new affordable housing at ‘serious risk’ in National Parks

seasonal snaps summer

Published on Monday 10 November 2014

England’s 10 National Parks today expressed their concerns at Government proposals that threaten their ability to achieve more affordable housing in National Parks.

New study marks step forward in project to reduce impact of power lines in protected landscapes

Idol of Bratley

Published on Friday 7 November 2014

Power transmission line with high landscape and visual impact identified in the New Forest National Park

New Forest at risk from sky lanterns

chinese sky lanterns piece

Published on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Organisations across the New Forest have joined National Parks England in calling for the release of Chinese sky lanterns to be banned due to the significant risk they pose to wildlife and habitats.

New Forest National Park Authority welcomes Government’s fracking announcement

Douglas Fir at Rhinefield. Credit: Barry Whitcher

Published on Monday 28 July 2014

The New Forest National Park Authority welcomes the Government’s intention to safeguard protected landscapes against fracking.

Help shape the New Forest’s future

Forest scenes by Mark Heighes

Published on Wednesday 23 July 2014

The New Forest National Park Authority wants to find out your views about the New Forest to help develop a landmark scheme to ensure the National Park is fit to face future challenges.

New Forest National Park Authority expresses concerns about Navitus Bay development

Keyhaven. Credit Barry Whitcher

Published on Thursday 17 July 2014

Concerns about the likely ‘significant impact’ of the proposed Navitus Bay wind park on the New Forest coast and landscape were expressed by the National Park Authority.

Packed Verderers Court hears progress in scheme to regenerate the New Forest

Ponies graze on common land

Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

A full Verderers Court of about 80 people heard how the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Scheme had made great progress, at its Annual General Meeting.

New Forest trees count the cost of months of storms

senior tree officer Bryan Wilson

Published on Thursday 13 February 2014

Exceptionally wet and windy weather has seen New Forest tree experts inundated with enquiries about damaged and fallen trees.

Multi-million pound funding boost to ensure New Forest National Park is fit for the future

Landscape partnership programme

Published on Tuesday 29 October 2013

The future conservation of the New Forest National Park’s unique landscape, wildlife and heritage has been given a huge boost thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Your views can help shape the New Forest landscape

Published on Tuesday 2 April 2013

The landscape of the New Forest National Park is a mosaic of ancient and ornamental woodland, heaths, rivers and historic villages; it is also the most densely populated national park in England.

New Forest National Park Authority welcomes new recognition for England’s forests

trees at Bolderwood

Published on Thursday 31 January 2013

The New Forest National Park Authority has welcomed the Government’s announcement today (31 January) that publicly-owned forests in England will be kept in trust for the nation.

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