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?

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.

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

  • Bank and Grithan
  • Bramshaw
  • Brockenhurst 
  • East End
  • Eyeworth
  • Fritham
  • Longcross
  • Norleywood
  • Ocknell 
  • Pilley Bailey
  • Pipers Wait to Longcross
  • Roger Penny Way
  • Rufus Stone
  • Slufters Inclosure
  • Stoney Cross
  • Straight Mile (South of South Bentley Inclosure)
  • Vereley

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.
  • 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 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
  • Emery Down Road at  Holidays Hill Inclosure and up towards Bolderwood – dragon’s teeth installed to close informal parking areas
  • 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 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