2pm, 23 March
Essential travel guidance from Government:
‘Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.’
Moors Valley update:
‘Moors Valley is now fully closed to all visitors until further notice.’
Lepe Country Park update:
‘Please DO NOT DRIVE to Lepe as there is NO PARKING on site and all facilities at the park are now CLOSED (including the play areas, toilets etc). The open spaces at the park are accessible for LOCAL visitors to walk round if they are following the latest government guidance on social distancing.‘
1pm, 23 March
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Statement from Forestry England: Access to the New Forest
This weekend, right across the country we have seen large numbers of people visiting public outdoor spaces, and it has not always being able to achieve social distancing. Covid-19 means that this is a threat to people’s health.
Our priority is to keep the public and our staff safe and as a result we are in the process of closing all main car parks in the New Forest from today. The car parks affected are those at Bolderwood, Wilverley, Blackwater, Whitefield Moor, Anderwood, Hatchet Pond and New Forest Reptile Centre. All of our public facilities within the New Forest are already closed including public toilets, visitor cabins, and BBQ facilities. Campsites are also closed and we would like to remind people that wild camping is illegal anywhere on the New Forest or in its car parks.
Smaller car parks in the Forest remain open for now. We have taken the decision not to close these for several reasons. We are concerned that closures would lead to large amounts of parking on verges and open ground causing real and irreversible damage to the landscape. Parking at locations away from the network of tracks would also lead to large numbers of people walking across the open forest putting wildlife at huge risk, particularly as it’s the start of the ground nesting bird season in these areas.
We will keep the situation under constant review and may close all car parks with immediate effect if the government’s guidelines on social distancing are not being adhered to or if the advice from Public Health England changes. Local people still have access to the countryside but we ask everyone to ensure they follow government guidance on avoiding all non-essential travel and social distancing to help restrict the spread of coronavirus.
We ask people to please follow Government guidance around social distancing and non essential travel.
All Camping in the Forest campsites are now closed.
Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
In line with Government advice, our reception is now closed and all events and meetings are cancelled or postponed.
However we can be contacted via email and phone.
We are aiming to process planning applications which have already been submitted and if you are submitting a new application, we are reviewing the services we will be able to deliver.
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