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New Forest barbecues: a spring and summer treat

New Forest barbecue sites and other information

Bolderwood barbeque site
The barbecue site at Bolderwood

What could be better than a barbecue enjoyed with friends or family amidst the tranquil landscapes of the New Forest?

Be sure, though, when barbecuing in the New Forest to follow Forestry Commission guidelines which, in essence, are as follows (as at June 2018):

For barbecues attended by over 20 people, it is recommended that one of the static barbecue sites at Anderwood (A) or Wilverley (B) is hired. (Please note, both sites cater for up to 50 people, but for the summer months, the sites book up very early in the year and at least 2 weeks notice is required to hire either site - for more information or to make a booking, ring 0300 067 4601 or e-mail southern.permissions@

Only use disposable barbecues in the picnic areas at Bolderwood (C), Blackwater (D) and Wilverley (B) and place the barbecue on the barbecue stands provided, either on or beside the picnic tables. Note, disposable barbecues pose a particular fire risk so do not use them anywhere else in the New Forest.

Raised, non-disposable and gas barbecues can be used on the hard standing of Forestry Commission car parks providing that water is available and they are fully extinguished after use.

When the fire risk is rated as ‘extreme’, static barbecues at designated sites are allowed but the use of barbecues anywhere else in the New Forest is prohibited – look out for posters or call the Forestry Commission on 0300 067 4601 (Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm) for more information.

Use of barbecues on 'Camping in the Forest' campsites is at the discretion of the site warden, so please check with him or her to establish the local guidelines.

And finally, be sure that appropriate fire precautions are taken: place your barbecue well away from dry leaves, vegetation and wood; always have water available to extinguish the barbecue; do not collect wood from the Forest to fuel your barbecue; ensure that the barbecue is out and cold after use, and take it home with you - this includes barbecue coals and ash; and do not leave behind litter or other rubbish.

The Barbecue section of the Forestry Commission website has further information, details of the New Forest Barbecue Code and details of sites for hire. Further information is also available by telephoning 0300 067 4601 (Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm).

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Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley