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 are essential to protect important habitats of the New Forest and will restore areas of erosion caused by vehicle damage. Vehicles can cause serious damage to grass verges, harming the landscape and its ecological and grazing value.

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

How can you help?

Please don’t park on or drive over verges, and use designated car parks. There are 130 Forestry England car parks across the New Forest which can be used free of charge.

Upcoming work/updates: (See maps on the right for exact locations)

  • Bank and Gritnam. The majority of the works have been completed with a small section to be finished opposite Annesley House and outside of Allum View/White Cottage in February 2021.
  • Bramshaw. Some measures have been installed, with the remainder to be monitored over this winter.
  • Brockenhurst. Various protection measures have been put in place, but there is still a little to finish off in 2021.
  • Brockenhurst allotments after
    Brockenhurst allotments before

    Burley village . Working with residents and the Parish Council, a number of locations have now been  protected from verge erosion, although there are some areas to be finished in 2021.

  • East End. Some measures are in place, although there are a couple of small areas to complete.
  • Eyeworth/Powder Mill Barrier. Extended bell mouth narrowed using dragon’s teeth and ditch & bank. Some displacement parking will make it necessary to put further measures in place.
  • High Corner and Red Shoot. Installation of dragon’s teeth around High Corner Inn to stop further compaction of tree roots and along the access track where persistent parking has occurred.  There is also similar work proposed near Red Shoot Inn to protect the forest from further damage and to give it chance to recover.
  • Longcross. Currently being monitored prior to any work taking place.
  • Nomansland. Measures installed, although there are still a couple of areas that need some tweaking.
  • Pilley and Pilley Bailey. Some work has been completed along the main road protecting the green and roadside verges, and around properties. Further work is planned towards the pound in January 2021.
  • Pipers Wait to Longcross. Monitoring and education of verge parkers.
  • Straight Mile (South of South Bentley Inclosure). Currently being monitored prior to any work taking place.
  • Telegraph Hill/RSPB Franchises. Installing dragon’s teeth to prevent vehicles overrunning the access tracks and also trespass on to the SSSi.

Completed work:

  • 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.
  • Aldridge Hill – displacement parking along the access road outside of Beechern Wood and Ober Corner car parks and blocking access to camp site and properties – dragon’s teeth installed. Monitoring to continue, further work may be necessary.
  • Boundway – work was carried out either side of the car park to prevent verge  parking.
  • Broomy single carriageway with passing places – dragon’s teeth work completed. HCC safety audit received, monitoring to continue.
  • Burley village – working with residents and the Parish Council, a number of locations have now been  protected from verge erosion, although there are some areas to be finished in 2021.
    Bisterne Close, Burley, before

    Bisterne close, Burley, after
  • Coxhill, Boldre – dragon’s teeth installed to prevent damage from cars parking.
  • Denny Wood 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.
  • Densome Corner – dragon’s teeth installed to prevent damage from cars parking.
  • East Boldre – Main road – verge restoration measures put in place, along with signage.
  • Emery Down Road at  Holidays Hill Inclosure and up towards Bolderwood – dragon’s teeth installed to close informal parking areas.
  • Fritham – measures have been installed to stop vehicle trespass and further verge damage.
  • Kings Copse and Gatewood –  both areas have now been ditched and banked with bank at roadside, restoring approximately two square kilometres of roadside verge.
  • Norleywood – a number of locations around Norley were identified as needing restoration. These areas have now had dragon’s teeth installed to stop further vehicle trespass and erosion.
  • Ocknell – adjacent to Ocknell campsite the recently restored area has now been protected with dragon’s teeth to stop vehicle trespass.
  • Roger Penny Way – several inclosure gates and barriers have now had their entrances reduced, along with a number of informal eroded laybys removed.
  • Rufus Stone and opposite Sir Walter Tyrrell – the extended laybys at Rufus stone just off the A31 have now been closed off. Opposite the Sir Walter Tyrrell pub the old barrier has been removed from the corner and a new one installed directly opposite the pub; and dragon’s teeth installed to remove the eroded layby.
  • Slufters Inclosure – several eroded areas now closed off with dragon’s teeth to stop verge parking.
Slufters before
Slufters after
  • Stoney Cross – measures installed opposite Janesmoor car park, reducing the bell mouth to the barrier.
  • Vereley – Dragon’s teeth have been installed to define the track and to stop vehicles parking under the trees, causing further compaction of the tree roots.
  • Woodgreen – dragon’s teeth installed to prevent informal parking which was causing verge damage.

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 England
South England District Office
Queens House
SO43 7NH