Covering 145 square miles the New Forest is a place of ancient history, fascinating wildlife and stunning beauty. Originally a royal hunting preserve, the thriving working forest that you see today has survived for nearly 1000 years.
Whether you live locally and want to know more about the area you live in, or you are coming to visit us from further afield, this website will tell you all you need to know about the cultural history, fascinating wildlife and stunning beauty of the New Forest.
Top tips for a healthy and enjoyable visit with your dog, plus the latest information regarding dog health issues such as Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness - click here (transfers you to the national Forestry Commission web site).
New Forest Essential Guide
Download the latest copy of the New Forest Essential Guide
The Forest Diary, published weekly in the New Forest Post, aims to encourage readers to get out and enjoy the forest, demonstrate sustainable forest management and introduce local Forestry Commission staff.
BarbecuesThere a two barbecue sites available to hire at Anderwood and Wilverley. If you are planning on bringing your own barbecue to the New Forest or wish to hire one of our sites please view our barbecue pages.
For information on where you can camp in the New Forest please visit our Useful Information page or click here.
Coarse fishing is only permitted at Hatchet Pond and Little Hatchet. Click here for information on where to obtain your fishing permits.
Exploring the forest by bike is the ideal way to discover the magnificent beauty and fascinating wildlife that can easily be missed by car.
For information on cycling in the New Forest and the routes which start in Lyndhurst please visit our cycling in the New Forest pages where a copy of the Cycle Network map can be downloaded.
Educational and Work Experience Enquiries
- If you are planning an educational visit to the New Forest and would like advice from a member of the Ranger team please contact us on 0300 067 4601 or e-mail us at email@example.com. Alternatively you will find lots of information about the New Forest throughout this site.
We are not currently able to offer any work experience opportunites.
The New Forest, Ringwood and Wareham Forests are wonderful places to go Horseriding. Please click here for further information on Forestry Commission riding permits. For details of local riding stables please click here.
If you are looking for a set route to walk we have provided a number of way-marked walks from our favourite spots. For information on these walks please visit our Waymarked Walks page.
What do other visitors say?
When I visited yesterday 25/03 around lunch time a gent from the forest commission was down with animal skins on a table and was using a fox as a puppet by putting his hand inside and making it talk which upset children and others thought very upsetting
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your message, and sorry to hear you found some of the animal skins off-putting. It sounds as though this was at the National Park Authorities mobile information unit, which the Forestry Commission do help staff along with the NPA Rangers. Generally the use of skins (all of which would have been acquired in a humane way, as part of the required management of certain species such as deer or through road traffic accidents) can be a very effective educational tool for learning about the animals and also to help encourage responsible behaviour in the forest to help protect the special animals that live there.
5 Starsgood animals, 8/Mar/2016
i love this park it has nice wildlive and peopl
3 StarsRay Reedman, 2/Mar/2016
Today I visited both Bolderwood and Acres Down car parks during a birdwatching trip. The surface of Bolderwood car park and the approach lane from the farm shop to the car park at Acres Down are both in desperate need of some pot-hole fixing. They were not good last year, but are now becoming very diffiscult to negotiate.
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on our website. The recent spell of wet weather throughout January and February as made it very difficult for us to undertake much surface maintenance of our car parks. However, I can reassure you that our civil engineer team started working last week, taking advantage of the colder, drier conditions and are aiming to get through 40 car parks this month before Easter, of which the two you are enquiring about, Acres Down and Bolderwood, are included.