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2022 parking clocks go on sale soon
Parking clocks (season tickets) are on sale from Monday 29 November.
Order before 17 December to make sure you receive yours before 1 January, ready to use in 2022. https://newforest.gov.uk/parkingclock
Dates of purchase and our posting times:
Our information offices are closed between Christmas and New Year.https://newforest.gov.uk/article/1163/Information-officesFor opening days and times of information offices, please see
Keep the New Forest safe
If you’re going to a busy place, perhaps Christmas shopping or an event, the government are now advising you take a lateral flow test for coronavirus before you go.
It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
Lateral flow tests, sometimes called rapid lateral flow tests, can be collected from many local pharmacies or ordered online.
Find where to get lateral flow test kits https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/
You can also order test kits online at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Other actions to take to stay safe and reduce the chances of the virus spreading:
Reducing housing evictions
We’re working with landlords and tenants to avoid evictions as part of our homelessness prevention work.
Every year, almost 2,000 people or families seek homelessness support from us, over a third because they have had to leave private rented accommodation.
Our new ‘Call Before You Serve’ programme is a specialist service which provides landlords and tenants in privately rented accommodation with advice and support.
To help prevent eviction notices being issued, if you are a tenant or a landlord, please get in touch with us for support as soon as any problems arise, whether that’s a missed rent payment, or a breakdown in communication.
Find out more at https://www.newforest.gov.uk/callbeforeyouserve
Plan ahead for flooding
The Environment Agency recommends 5 things you can do now to be better prepared for a flood, to protect yourself, your family and your home.
Ground nesting birds
Back in March, Forestry England asked local people to play their part in helping rare ground nesting birds coming to the New Forest to breed.
Unlike most birds, ground nesting birds take the unusual step of building nests, and raising their young brood, on the forest floor. The New Forest National Park is a Special Protection Area for Birds and one of the last places in the UK where rare ground nesting birds such as the lapwing, nightjar and curlew come to breed.
Although numbers of the birds overall remain critically low, the team have identified some positive signs of progress in the areas they studied, particularly with curlews.
If you would like to read more, Forestry England have written a blog about how the birds got on this year https://www.forestryengland.uk/ground-nesting-birds
Council services over Christmas and new year
Between Saturday 25 December and Monday 3 January some of our services are not operating and our offices are closed.
Essential services are still operating.
For specific service information, including how to contact us in an emergency, please see https://newforest.gov.uk/article/2857/Council-services-over-Christmas-and-new-year
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