Verge restoration

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.

Densome Corner before and after dragon’s teeth installation

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.

Please have a look at the Verge Protection Leaflet for more information.

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.

Work so far

  • Ashurst Lodge – barrier and dragon’s teeth to prevent unauthorised vehicle access. Access through the barrier to private and commercial properties only – there is no public parking, the nearest car parks are Bolton’s Bench, Lyndhurst, Matley and Busketts Lawn.
  • Boundway – work was carried out either side of the car park to prevent verge parking
  • Burley village – work at various locations to reduce erosion
  • Coxhill, Boldre – dragon’s teeth to prevent damage from cars parking
  • Densome corner – dragon’s teeth to prevent damage from cars parking
  • East Boldre
  • Emery Down road at  Holidays Hill inclosure and up towards Bolderwood – dragon’s teeth installed to close informal parking areas
  • Denny campsite – barrier and signage installed to prevent unauthorised vehicle access. Access through the barrier is for campsite and residential access only. Limited parking is available around the Warden’s Office from October to March – see map here.
  • Kings Copse and Gatewood –  both areas have now been ditched and banked with bank at roadside, restoring approximately two square kilometres of roadside verge.
  • Woodgreen – dragon’s teeth wooden posts installed to prevent informal parking that was damaging verges

Planned work

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 Restoration Officer)
Forestry Commission
South England District Office
Queens House
SO43 7NH