In the Roughdown area

The New Forest National Park Authority, Natural England, Commoner Defence Association, Parish Council and the Verderer’s we have identified several areas which require verge restoration and measures to combat any further erosion damage.  The areas highlighted have been developed into a programme of remedial works which will include the installation of dragon’s teeth (small wooden post made from FSC Chestnut) to define access to the individual properties and close off eroded informal parking areas at a few locations. These works are part of the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship Scheme funded project to restore New Forest verges.

Works are proposed at Roughdown between 4 – 10th August 2022 to define passing places and to stop further erosion by properties by cars parking and compacting tree roots.  We are also hoping to complete some work at the entrance of the gravel track into Blackfield Cemetery just off the public road to stop vehicle trespass.

The New Forest is of international importance for nature conservation, including its miles of roadside verges and outside of properties. Unauthorised parking causes erosion of precious protected habitats damaging rare and declining plant and animal species. Vehicle damage to grass verges also has a harmful impact on their grazing value and on the overall landscape.

The Forestry Commission has a legal duty to protect the New Forest under its conservation designations. The works are necessary to prevent any further erosion to the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and allow the forest to recover back to its natural condition.

We trust that whilst these works take place any inconvenience will be kept to the minimum.   If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Once measures have been installed, we will continue to monitor the effectiveness of this work and gather feedback from all parties.  I will continue to frequently visit the area to engage with people to ensure that the measures put in place are effective, and if necessary, implement minor changes.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your cooperation and hope that you can support this restoration work and appreciate how it will help protect the New Forest’s precious habitats.

Kind regards


 HLS Verge Restoration Officer

South England Forest District

Queens House

Forestry England

 t:         0300 067 4600

m:       07551 177795