The New Forest

Britain's Newest National Park

The New Forest has something for everybody. Enjoy a great range of activities with us or relax quietly and soak up the atmosphere of this magical National Park.


The New Forest covers an area of 570 square kilometers with open heath-land, ancient woodland and a beautiful coastline. We know you’ll enjoy your stay here; make it extra special by getting off the beaten track, out of the car and immerse yourself in nature.

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New Forest History


1079. New Forest Created by William I


1110. William II (Rufus) killed while hunting in the Forest


1483. New Forest Act allows enclosures for the growing of timber


1611. First Recorded Felling of the forest for the building of boats for the Navy


1776. Scots Pine Introduced at Crickwell & Boulderwood


1851. Deer Removal Act. Unsuccessful attempt to destroy all the deer in the forest


1877. Verderers powers changed to protect commoners interests ‘ The Commoners Charter‘.


1934. National trust takes over management of the New Forests crown lands


1939. Ten air fields built in & around the Forest inc. Beaulieu, Holmsley & stoney cross


1949. New Forest Act. Verderers enclosures created


1971. New Forest declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)


1992. Government agrees special status Equivalent to a National Park


2004. New Forest Declared a National Park