Welcome to the Forest of Bere.
A mixture of woodland, open space, heathland, farmland and downland, it is the nearest and most accessible countryside for many of the residents of south-east Hampshire and important to many different people for a variety of reasons.
Together with the remaining 19th century oak and modern 20th century conifer plantations, there are areas of retained scrub and coppice, streams, ponds and an extensive network of rides and paths.
The many habitats provide an excellent area for nature lovers, whatever the season.
There are walking and cycling opportunities within the forest, ideal for all abilities.
If you are a regular visitor to the forest you could soon make a saving on car parking with our annual parking pass - the Discovery Pass.
Support your local forest, get car parking for a year, local and national discount offers and a seasonal e-newsletter.
Whether you are a school or family there are lots of ideas and downloads to help you explore and discover the wood. To help you get started with your planning we have created an introductory slide show, lesson plans and a sample risk assessment. If you would prefer a guided visit our learning partners’ details can be found here.
The natural forest playground is now open in West Walk and is suitable for children and young people of all ages, it has a huge oak tree house, wooden playhouses, wigwams, sand pit, climbing wall, bridge and shingle stream.
The Great Big Food Company is now operating in West Walk car park.
Open 9am to 5pm (weather permitting) at weekends during October - May and 7 days a week during June - September. They offer hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. Click here for more details.
What do other visitors say?
4 StarsNikki, 16/Apr/2017
We had a lovely time today - the kids enjoued the play areas and we had a great time walking on a number of the paths exploring the woods and dens - such a shame that dog walkers cannot be responsible and pick up and TAKE AWAY their animals waste - we counted over a dozen bags of waste just left in the bushes on our walk round - how difficult is it to take it home or dispose of it in the bin - and I'm sorry but they have not been left to collect on the way back ! Such a shame as ruins the area for us all.
3 StarsAnonymous, 13/Feb/2017
Hiya i visited the other day with my two children and the tree house and wigwam have now been removed as well as the swings i was wondering what is your plans for replacement?
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your comment. The equipment has been removed as it was rotting and unstable. We’ve already started on plans to development new play structures, but it’s important to understand that play is much more than simply buying equipment off the shelf and putting it in the ground. We will be updating our website as our plans develop. A dedicated page has been created http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/beeh-aj8k8t where we will be posting these updates.
Are you removing the play equipment at West Walk? We have always loved going there for a play but went we went recently a lot of the equipment in the play area had been removed.
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your question. The adventure play equipment has been removed as the timber was rotting, making the structures unstable. We have already started on plans to development new play structures, but it’s important to understand that play is much more than simply buying equipment off the shelf and putting it in the ground. The forest has a unique opportunity to engage with thousands of visitors through play and we believe that the play we offer should be diverse and include natural play, as well as the provision of physical play equipment. However, we still need to secure funds to deliver this work and the scale of delivering this means that it will take time to come to fruition. Over time it will lead to a positive change and enhance the woodlands for a wide range of visitors to enjoy.