‘It is devastating’ – call for support package as New Forest hoteliers face mid-May...

WHILE schools and parents have welcomed yesterday’s news that pupils will go back on 8th March, the New Forest hospitality industry has been left “devastated” by an agonising wait to reopen. The Prime Minister announced...

New Forest named fifth best national park in Europe

NEW Forest tourism bosses are celebrating after the national park was named the fifth best in Europe. It was ranked highly in the annual Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best Awards 2021, giving a...

Extension for New Forest routes granted as Forestry England told to get tough on...

FORESTRY England has been granted a year’s extension to keep open approved New Forest cycle routes after the verderers demanded increased efforts to tackle “out of control” cycling. FE, which had requested three years, said...
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Star-presenter hopes in video push to promote New Milton

A SHOWCASE video starring a well-known presenter was among suggestions to help promote New Milton and bring in more investment. Laying out a strategy for the forthcoming year, town development manager Suna King told a...
Avon beach

Police urge bank holiday visitors to ‘respect communities’

BANK holiday weekend visitors have been urged to plan ahead and “respect communities” by a senior police officer. Dorset Police Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya made the plea ahead of what will be a...
Balmer Lawn Hotel

‘Iconic’ hotel allowed major expansion to safeguard its future

ONE of the New Forest’s landmark hotels has won permission for a major new expansion after its owners warned refusal would put its future in doubt. The Balmer Lawn Hotel in Brockenhurst was been given...

Plea to open empty New Forest campsites to combat verge parking

EMPTY campsites should be opened on weekends to help stop verge parking across the New Forest, a leading commoner has suggested. A huge influx of visitors has created access problems for emergency services, residents and...
Paultons Park

Paultons Park season ticket holders angry at ‘kick in the teeth’ treatment

ANGRY season ticket holders for Paultons Park claim they are being treated unfairly after it was revealed that slots put aside for them ran out in hours while the public were still able to...

New Forest camping firm urged to rethink 2020 sites closure decision

PLANS to keep major New Forest campsites closed, despite the government giving the go-ahead for holidays, will affect businesses and lead to unlawful wild camping, locals have warned. Independent operating company Camping in the Forest...

Open at last – but Forest tourism and hospitality firms need your support

“A HUGE relief” – that is the verdict of tourism and hospitality bosses in the New Forest after the government confirmed the sectors can throw open their doors again on 4th July. Some firms went...
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