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Verge protection

The HLS scheme is working to protect the New Forest’s habitats and grazing from the damaging impacts of unauthorised driving and parking along road verges.

The next programme of verge restoration works will take place around Woodgreen. You can download maps showing the sites for this work by clicking here.

Why are we doing it?


The works will restore areas of erosion caused by vehicle damage, essential under the Forestry Commission’s legal duty to protect the New Forest. Vehicle damage can cause serious damage to grass verges and have a harmful impact on their landscape, ecological and grazing value.

Who is supporting the scheme?

Woodgreen Parish Council, New Forest National Park Authority and the Verderers, who have each highlighted their concerns around Woodgreen and endorse the measures we are putting into place to restore areas of erosion. This will be in the form of renewing the ditch and banking and existing dragon’s teeth. This will also include the installation of some new dragon’s teeth and further ditching and banking.

Further works

The Forestry Commission would like to build on the success of the works around Woodgreen and have approached other parishes to help identify areas of erosion that could be restored under the HLS project in the future.

What can parishes do?

Look at verges within their parish boundaries that are suffering from overrun. These could be narrow strips outside houses or wider verges in villages, they must be within the perambulation and grazed to be considered. Parishes are requested to mark up a map where they have identified damaged verges and send it to:

Gary North (New Forest Recreation Manager)
Forestry Commission
South England District Office
Queens House
SO43 7NH

What Will Happen Next?

The Forestry Commission will assess the verges in question and decide which would be the most appropriate form of protection and then organise the necessary work involving either dragon’s teeth or ditching work.

Please have a look at the Verge Protection Leaflet that has been produced by the partnership organisations for further information.