Have your say on new pop-up campsite planning controls for the New Forest

Have your say on new pop-up campsite planning controls for the New Forest

The New Forest National Park Authority has issued new planning controls for temporary campsites to protect local communities and the environment of the New Forest.

Under new national ‘permitted development rights’ introduced by the Government in Summer 2023, pop-up campsites can operate for 60 days a year without planning permission.

Planning authorities can make an ‘Article 4 Direction’ which means proposals can’t be carried out under national permitted development rights and instead require a planning application. In ecologically-sensitive areas such as national parks, this allows the proposal to be considered in more detail and, where appropriate, suitable planning conditions to be attached.

Such a Direction was issued last year in response to concerns from local residents, parish councils and other organisations around the number of temporary campsites operating in the National Park, their impact on local communities and the wider landscape and habitats of the New Forest.

Following the introduction of further nationwide permitted development rights in July this year, the Authority has made a new Direction that has immediate effect, meaning certain ‘pop-up’ campsites within the New Forest National Park boundary will need to apply for planning permission to operate.

The rules apply to:

  • any land first used as a temporary recreational campsite after 1 March 2020; and
  • the use of any land as a temporary recreational campsite for more than 28 days in total in any calendar year.

Article 4 Directions can be used by local planning authorities to protect residential amenity, the special qualities and habitats of an area, and the National Park Authority believes the use of the Direction within the protected landscape of the National Park is justified.

The New Forest National Park has seen a significant increase in the number of pop-up campsites since lockdown, and also has more than three times the number of camping and touring caravan bed spaces per square kilometre than the average of all other English national parks.

Gordon Bailey, Chair of the New Forest NPA Planning Committee, said: ‘The New Forest is already one of the most visited National Parks in England and has the highest proportion of land designated as internationally important for nature conservation in the country. It’s therefore vital we protect the very thing that people come to enjoy.

‘Holiday parks and campsites are already well provided for in the National Park, and the new Article 4 Direction will help prevent negative impacts and pressures on our communities, protected habitats, wildlife and landscapes.’

The new Article 4 Direction applies across the whole of the New Forest National Park and comes into force on 27 October. As part of the process, comments on the introduction of the new Article 4 Direction are invited and the consultation is open from 27 October 2023 to 1 December 2023.

To take part, please go to where you can see the Direction and accompanying plan on the New Forest National Park Authority website from 27 October. Or you can view it at the New Forest National Park Authority’s offices, Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9ZG.

Comments/representations can be sent to the Policy Manager at the above address or emailed to, quoting ‘Article 4 Direction – temporary recreational campsites’.

The consultation comments received between 27 October and 1 December 2023 will be considered when the Authority makes a decision on whether to confirm the Direction, which will take place by 26 April 2024. The National Park Authority will shortly produce updated guidance to help inform future planning applications for temporary campsites.


NFDC Funding

The District Council is making available £1m for ‘Community Infrastructure Levy’ (CIL) funds to be spent on local projects. These projects will help infrastructure to be delivered on projects local communities have highlighted.  If you are a Parish Council I would ask that you pass this information on to your local school’s and community groups and work with them and encourage them to make a bid.

The window for making a bid is open from now until mid December, and further information is available on our website at:

CIL can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure projects from large-scale transport and highways improvements to play areas and community buildings. Further information is available at:

If you would like to discuss any potential projects, please do reply to this email or call 023 8024 5345 (option 1)


New Garden Waste Collection

As agreed as part of the authority’s wider waste strategy*, from April 2024, New Forest District Council (NFDC) will collect garden waste fortnightly using 240 litre wheeled bins. The bins are black with brown lids and offer double the capacity of the current garden waste bags.  

Residents can sign up to join the new garden waste wheeled bin collection service online at 

The cost of the new service is £65 for 12 months of fortnightly collections, plus a one-off £25 supply charge per bin. The annual fee is in line with the average price charged by all Hampshire councils. 

Residents who sign up before 24 November 2023, 23.59pm will save £25 and are guaranteed to have their bin(s) delivered between January and March 2024, in time for when the new service starts.

Regardless of when residents join the service during the year, they will receive 12 months of garden waste collections. Households can apply for up to 5 bins. 

As the service is changing, current garden waste customers, who would like to receive collections from April 2024, will need to join the new service.  

The present garden waste collection year will continue for current customers up to 31 March 2024. Collections will stop after this date for any customers who do not join the new service.  

The bags currently used for the garden waste collection service will no longer be collected from 1 April 2024.  

Councillor Geoffrey Blunden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability said “Our new waste and recycling strategy, and waste reduction plan, was approved in summer 2022. We are pleased to be moving forwards with changes to the garden waste collection service, which I believe will result in a modern, safe, and more efficient service for both residents and staff.  

“I would like to thank all our garden waste customers who support us to recycle around 5,000 tonnes of garden waste every year. There are options for residents who are keen to recycle garden waste, from our charged-for collection service, to composting at home or taking garden waste to Hampshire County Council’s tips.”   

More information about the garden waste collection service can be viewed online at 


New Forest residents to benefit from community energy project support

New Forest District Council (NFDC) is launching a new community energy programme in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and raise climate change awareness in the district.

The council is partnering with Community Energy South to deliver a two-year initiative that will support community groups in the New Forest to develop community-owned renewables, which will generate low-carbon heat and power and reduce energy use from the national grid.

New Forest District Council is supporting the creation of the community energy groups by providing Community Energy South with £100k in funding.

On Tuesday 18 July, Community South and New Forest District Council are hosting a launch event for the programme at Lyndhurst Community Centre from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Residents, businesses and community groups are invited to find out more about the community energy programme and how they can get involved. See Eventbrite link:

Residents can also email to register their interest in the programme.

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden, NFDC Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability, said: “This two-year partnership with Community Energy South ensures that we are continuing to support our district in reducing carbon emissions and improve energy security, while helping to raise awareness of the impact of locally led action on climate change, and aligns with our aims as council for the district to become net carbon zero by 2050.”“With this support from New Forest District Council and Community Energy South, our communities can build and invest in and benefit from their own renewable energy, and I encourage everyone to attend the launch event on Tuesday 18 July to find out more about how they can get involved in this fantastic new programme

Ollie Pendered, CEO of Community Energy South said: “We are very happy to be working with the New Forest District Council on this ambitious new programme. Communities in the New Forest have a fantastic track record of delivering community led action on sustainability and the environment and we hope to build on this work to support the development of a community energy group that can then develop community owned renewables. Community energy is a key component of our net zero aims, as well as building local energy resilience.” Residents can find out more about the project on the Community Energy South website at


New garden waste wheeled bin service for New Forest

At the Cabinet meeting on 5 July 2023, New Forest District Council agreed the detailed plans for a new garden waste collection service using wheeled bins.

The council already has a garden waste service, with 21,000 customers.  This is around 1 in every 4 households using the service.

The service collects garden waste from households once a fortnight and currently uses a reusable bag.

As agreed as part of the authority’s wider waste strategy*, from April 2024 the garden waste service will use a 240l wheeled bin.  The bin will hold twice what the current bags hold.  It will be a black wheeled bin with a brown lid.

The new service will have an annual charge of £65, plus a one-off charge of £25 for the supply of the bin.  These charges are in line with the average price charged by all Hampshire councils

Residents wishing to join the new service will be invited to sign up for the new service in the autumn this year. And those that sign up then, will receive an early offer of no charge for the supply of the bin , a £25 saving.

Customers who join the service in the autumn will have their wheeled bins delivered between January and March 2024.

Information will be on the Council’s website at


Share your memorable moment in nature and help create #OurNatureStory

Share your memorable moment in nature and help create #OurNatureStory

The New Forest National Park is globally important for nature with many rare plants and animals.

Our beautiful landscapes and wildlife are under threat from the climate and nature emergencies, but uplifting and relatable messages of hope and joy are more likely to inspire people to take action to protect them.

Launching this World Environment Day (Monday 5 June), throughout June and July we’re calling for people to share their memorable moments in the outdoors – to build a picture of how people connect with nature, and what makes it special to them.

The best entries will be shown on the New Forest National Park Authority’s social media channels @newforestnpa and at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show in July, where you can also find out more about the New Forest’s Nature Story at the NPA marquee. 

Everyone who submits a story will be entered into a prize draw on 31 July 2023 to win a £100 online voucher.

#OurNatureStory is a compilation of snippets, poems, words, films, pictures, photos and memories, all capturing YOUR special moment in nature.

Now’s your chance to show how nature leaves its imprint on you and share with others the beauty of the natural world.

Taking part is easy

  • Post your video/photo and text across Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook with the hashtag #OurNatureStory
  • Tag @NewForestNPA
  • Challenge three friends to share their nature story by tagging them in.

Perhaps you’d like to share an impactful memory from childhood, a fun experience with friends or a beautifully tranquil time alone.

Is your favourite nature moment outdoors in a quiet winter landscape? Or in spring amid riotous birdsong? Could you share a line about nature in the summertime? Or a memorable autumn stroll?

It could be the fleeting chance of seeing a rare species for the first time, or watching the sun set over a heather-purple heathland on a dog walk. Your memorable moment in nature could be on land, water or coast, and anywhere in the world – not just the New Forest National Park.

Prof. Gavin Parker, New Forest National Park Authority Chair, said: ‘It’s well-documented how being in the outdoors has a positive effect on our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Through stories, rather than through facts and figures, people are likely to be inspired to take action for the environment. Stories are everywhere – they feature in most conversations, and according to research by Stanford University, “Stories are remembered up to 22 times more than facts alone”.

‘We hope people will help create an uplifting collection of nature moments and stories that we can all be inspired by, to help us connect with and care for our natural world.’

You can share your memorable moment in nature in just one line – or more if you’d prefer.
Top Tips

  • Hold your phone vertically when you’re filming
  • Try to keep your video clip to around 30 seconds
  • It could be just you talking, a voiceover over some shots of a place, or a mixture of both
  • You don’t have to film in the place you’re mentioning
  • Or post a photo with some text about your nature story.


About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect – Enjoy – Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:
-Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park – Protect.
-Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:
Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit to find out more.


Woodgreen Annual Parish Meeting


To be held on Wednesday  26th April 2023 in Woodgreen Village Hall commencing at 7.00pm

Chaired by Cllr John Clarke, Chairman of Woodgreen Parish Council


  1. Welcome by Chairman
  1. Apologies for absence
  1. To approve the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 27th April 2022.
  1. Talk by Richard Deakin of the Commoners Defence Association – “The Challenges of being a Commoner.”
  1. Report by Councillor Edward Heron, Leader of the Council, Downlands and Forest Ward, New Forest District Council
  1. Report by PCSO Steve May – New Forest West Neighbourhood Policing Team
  1. Report by Forestry England – Amy Howells and Lee Knight.
  1. Reports from local organisations –   Woodgreen Village Hall – Mhairi Benest

  Hale and Woodgreen Magazine – Mhairi Benest

  Woodgreen Community Shop – David Mussell

  Hale and Woodgreen Horticultural Society – David Mussell

  Woodgreen Village Trust – Helen Hollinghurst

  1. Chairman’s report  (including finance report)
  1. Matters to be raised by the public

Signed          John Clarke                                  Cllr John Clarke, Chairman



Persons Nominated as Parish Councillors

Persons Nominated as Parish Councillors

Please see the link below for a list of those nominated.


Notice of Election

Notice of Election

Election of Councillors to Woodgreen Parish Council
Number of Parish Councillors to be elected in Woodgreen is Seven

  1. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA on any day after the date of this notice, on Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm (excluding bank holidays) but no later than 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April
  2. Nomination papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA, during the times stated above.
  3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 4 May 2023
  4. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Monday, 17 April 2023. Applications can be made online:
  5. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by 5pm on Tuesday, 18 April 2023.
  6. Applications for a Voter Authority Certificate or an Anonymous Elector’s Document valid for this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday, 25 April 2023. Applications can be made online:
  7. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by 5pm on Tuesday, 25 April 2023.
  8. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by 5pm on Thursday, 4 May 2023.
  9. Dated: Monday, 20 March 2023 Kate Ryan – Returning Officer

New Forest District Council announces £139 million financial plans

New Forest District Council announces £139 million financial plans

New Forest District Council (NFDC) has announced the budget for capital spend on projects and initiatives for 2023/24 to 2025/26 at their Cabinet meeting (1 February 2023).  

The proposals for £139 million capital spend over the 3-year period 2023/24 – 2025/26 will ensure investment in housing, and the long-term efficiency of essential council services.  

The £139 million (to March 2026) will include council housing maintenance (£28 million), new council housing including purchases and council-led developments (£45 million), a new operational depot facility (£7 million), updated vehicles (£11 million), commercial and residential property (£22 million), new waste strategy containers (£5 million), and coastal protection schemes (£7 million). 

As well as the £139 million, £92,000 has been set aside for community grants in 2023/2024, an increase from last year’s funding. These grants are awarded to local groups and organisations who are providing essential community services. Council vehicles reaching the end of their useful life will also be updated as part of the financial plans.  

Cllr Jeremy Heron, portfolio holder for finance, investment, and corporate services, said: “This financial planning aims to protect and maintain the crucial services we provide for residents; to create efficiency, savings and enable income generation to safeguard important services and assets across the district, for now and into the long term.”  

To find out more about the proposals, residents can read the report online at