HLS 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 has run since 2010 and so far it has:

  • Restored miles of internationally-important habitats for wildlife
  • Supported the historic practice of commoning, which maintains the rare New Forest landscape
  • Worked to identify and protect historic sites across an area the size of 17,000 football pitches
  • Inspired more than 16,500 children to cherish the area’s unique environment


Main photo: Barry Whitcher