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England has eight National Parks, and the latest to be awarded this designation is The New Forest, which achieved National Park status in 2005. This designation changed things in Hampshire for good, as tourism took off in a big way, and now provides the main source of income for the people living within the National Park area.

Introducing this National Park, is to introduce an area rich in history and diversity. The park is a well-known example of a medieval hunting ground, and includes a variety of landscapes, from coastal habitats to open heathland. If you pay a visit, you will discover thousands of species of plants, trees, birds, and other wildlife.

Find out more about The New Forest below, or visit the other pages on this site, where you will be introduced to some of the towns and villages in the National Park, along with some of the points of interest and attractions that you could see on a trip there. There is no shortage of things to see and do, so why not read on and find out more!

The National Park In Facts And Figures

Visit The New Forest and you’ll be taking a trip to the smallest National Park in the UK, but what it lacks in size (compared to other National Parks) it more than makes up for in features.  For starters, you will find around 2,700 species of fungus, a 1000 year old tree in Brockenhurst Church, and 300 ponds teaming with life. There are also 614 listed buildings and 214 ancient monuments, so the area is teaming with history and wildlife.
This National Park is unique in that it has mainly lowland landscapes, with its highest point measured at 443 feet. You’ll find a variety of interesting towns and villages, including some with unusual names like Bohemia, Canada, and Lover.
Although a large majority of the land is in public ownership, there are several conservation organisations, such as the Forestry Commission and the National Trust, working hard to manage and conserve this precious landscape. The National Park area also has the highest available level of planning protection, so the 34,000 people that live in the park, and the 13.5 million visitors, have found development is limited.
With an area so popular with visitors, it comes as no surprise that tourism is the main source of income and jobs in the New Forest, and it is worth more than £70 million. The locals have even devised a ‘New Forest Breakfast’, to show off local produce, which one of the ways they promote the area in local pubs and resturants.

National Trust In The New Forest

The National Trust have responsibility for conserving and managing our built and natural heritage across the UK. In the New Forest National Park they care for New Forest Commons, an area with 5 different commons in it, which dates back to the Bronze Age. Pay a visit, and you’ll see woodland, heathland, mire, and grassland. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the different landscapes, follow trails, and take the family for a picnic. There are also ranger-led walks all year round, and seasonal events, both of which will teach you more about the area, and the conservation work the National Trust do there.