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Share the code and help protect the New Forest

Share the code and help protect the New Forest


The New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) is calling on local communities to share the New Forest code far and wide to help protect wildlife and the free-roaming animals.

The New Forest is a spectacular, yet fragile landscape – a working Forest with special habitats which are a haven for rare wildlife species.

National Park status ensures this outstanding landscape has the highest level of protection to preserve it for the nation to enjoy for generations to come.

The NPA worked with key Forest organisations to create the New Forest code which is now available in an online toolkit with a range of shapes and sizes for everyone to download and share. The toolkit also features more detailed exhibition posters and videos.

The local community, businesses and organisations are being urged to publicise the code in as many ways as possible online and on their premises – on social media and websites, in windows, reception areas, on noticeboards, in newsletters, email signatures and more.

The code features nine simple ways visitors and residents can help care for the Forest:
• Keep your distance from the animals – don’t feed or touch them
• Take home litter and dog waste
• No fires or barbecues
• Keep dogs under control. Don’t let dogs approach or chase any animals
• Park only in car parks
• No wild camping
• Stick to the permitted cycle tracks
• Drive with care – animals on the road!
• Help wildlife by keeping to the main tracks

The organisations backing the New Forest code include the New Forest Commoners Defence Association, Go New Forest, Verderers of the New Forest and landowners of the public areas of the New Forest, Forestry England, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, New Forest District Council, and the National Trust.

Gavin Parker, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘Abiding by the New Forest code will help ensure that the environment of the Forest stays in good shape and that the life and work of this special place prospers.’

People can further help nature and reduce their carbon footprint by walking, cycling and using the New Forest Tour as much as possible when in the New Forest, as well as by buying from local food producers.

Download the code from the New Forest code toolkit.
Learn about the New Forest Tour.
Discover New Forest Marque members.

New Forest code

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