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Higher Level Stewardship

The New Forest Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme is England’s largest environmental scheme and restores and enhances the internationally-important habitats of the New Forest.

It runs for 10 years until 2020 and so far it has:

  • Restored over 10 miles of internationally-important habitats for wildlife
  • Supported the historic practice of commoning, which maintains the unique New Forest landscape
  • Worked to identify and protect historic sites across an area the size of 17,000 football pitches
  • Inspired over 13,000 children to cherish the area’s unique environment.

The scheme is a partnership between the Verderers of the New Forest, New Forest National Park Authority, Forestry Commission and Natural England.

Get full details on the HLS website.

Land Advice Service Manager


'We help commoners to continue their ancient way by providing grants, training and advice.'

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