The New Forest is a highly protected site. It is a Site of Special Sceintific Interst (SSSI), a National Nature Reserve, A Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention and also a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It is a special landscape with wildlife and commoning stock living alongside local residents.
The guidelines on this page are for property owners and those living in the New Forest who have direct access to Forestry Commisison land.
Accessing your Property
If you access your property over Crown Land you will require a New Forest Access License. This license gives you permission to use and maintain a gravelled approach track. For further information please view our Access Your Property leaflet or contact us.
Boundaries in the New Forest
It is advised before any fencing or boundary work is undertaken you ascertain the position of your property boundary using land registry plans. If you are planting hedging on your boundary please consider the plants that you use, as many, including Laurel and Yew, can be poisonous to stock. For further information please view our Boundary Information leaflet or contact us.
Getting Building Work Done
If you are intending to carry out any works on your property, please consider the placement of any building materials as forward planning will help to protect the special Forest landscape. For further infromation please view our Getting Building Work Done? leaflet or contact us.
The PDFs have been produced as part of the Our Past, Our Future project and are aimed at improving community knowledge of the importance of historic boundaries and how they should be maintained in order to protect the character of the Forest landscape.