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