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Shaping your forest

Shaping your forest

The New Forest National Park is undeniably a beautiful place and is enjoyed by millions of people each year.

But what many people may not know is that the closely-cropped lawns, expansive heathland and rare wildlife and plantlife are shaped by commoners’ animals.

Without free-roaming animals, the Forest would cease to be the unique place that is so special to many people. Commoners turn out animals onto the Open Forest to follow in their ancestors’ footsteps and to benefit the New Forest, so when you visit please do your bit to help them by:

  • Driving carefully and looking our for animals on the road
  • Not feeding or petting animals
  • Taking your litter home with you
  • Steering clear of drifts and other ‘working Forest’ activities.

National Park Member


'Please don’t feed or pet the animals; they may look friendly but they can bite and kick.'

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