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.

Work to protect verges around Kings Copse Road & Gatewood began on 21 May 2018, details on the location of the works can be found in the PDF on the right of this page.

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.



How can you help?

Residents can help by not parking on or driving over verges, and park within their own property, not on the forest outside their fence, and use designated car parks.

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:

Jayne Albery (Verge Protection Officer)
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.