Car parks in New Forest reopening

Car parks in New Forest reopening

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 12:42pm 14th May 2020. (Updated at 1:23pm 14th May 2020)

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The re-opening of some public car parks across the National Park follows the government's decision to ease the Covid-19 lockdown.

Forestry England (formerly the Forestry Commission) has begun the process.

They've said a 'phased approach' is taking place to ensure all safety conditions can be met.

You can check the latest list here - - it may not include smaller, more local car parks though.


Visitor facilities including toilets, barbecue areas and campsites will remain closed. 

Due to Government guidance on play areas, children's equipment and play areas at those sites that have them will remain closed.


Officials are also reminding people that is it your responsibility to follow the new guidance on staying safe outside your home. 

You must keep 2 metres away from anyone you don't live with.

Forestry England are also urging people to use common sense if the area is busy:

"We are sure many people will be keen to get out and about, so to avoid crowds, please be aware you may need to be prepared to make the necessary decision to turn around if the car park looks busy, or is full, and come another time. "

A small number of car parks also remain closed, as is standard at this time of year, to protect sensitive areas for ground nesting birds.

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