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Conserving the Forest Fringe

Conserving the Forest Fringe

Lead Partner

Forestry England

What is it about?

Forestry England is working with local communities to improve their knowledge of the importance of the historic boundaries that exist and how valuable they are in maintaining and protecting the character of the landscape.

The project officer is working closely with communities to remove encroachments and reinstate boundaries.

What’s been achieved?
  • 275 dragons’ teeth posts installed in Nomansland
  • 300 metres of ditch and banks reinstated in Nomansland
  • 100 dragons’ teeth and ditching were installed at Toms Lane, Linwood. This has helped stop parking encroachments from properties and allowed 400m of verge to recover
  • 200 dragons’ teeth were installed at Woodlands Road in Ashurst, to protect 400m of verge.

The following parishes have been worked with since 2016: Redlynch, Bramshaw, Woodgreen, Netley Marsh, Denny Lodge, Ashurst and Colbury, and Ellingham, Ibsley and Harbridge. In some cases the encroachments have been dealt with by the adjacent landowner, but in other cases capital works have taken place to install dragon’s teeth or ditch and banks.

Three fact sheets have been produced to help residents, builders and parish councils:


Forestry England will offer support and volunteer time from their existing volunteer force and local communities are encouraged to look out for and report any encroachments to their local parish councils, and assist with low level encroachment issues.


Work will help improve the landscape in target areas, reducing incidents of encroachment, whilst empowering parish councils to protect the landscape and help others understand its value.

Contact details

Sean Marsh – Estates Officer, The Forestry Commission

Tel: 0300 067 4671 email:

Zoe Cox – Community Manager, The Forestry Commission

Tel: 0300 067 4601 email:

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