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Verderers of The New Forest

Higher Level Stewardship Scheme

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The New Forest Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme is England’s largest environmental scheme and restores and enhances the internationally-important habitats of the New Forest.

The scheme runs for 10 years until 2020 and so far it has:

  • Restored miles of internationally-important habitats for wildlife
  • Supported the historic practice of commoning, which maintains the unique New Forest landscape
  • Worked to identify and protect historic sites across an area the size of 17,000 football pitches
  • Inspired over 11,000 children to cherish the area’s unique environment.

Wildlife presenter Simon King explains the benefits of wetland restoration in the New Forest.

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