GNF Members Update 23 March

Dear All
Following a very challenging seven days, and a rather bizarre weekend, the Government has now published new guidance on essential travel (see link below) stating that  “Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence.  
There is a lack of clarity as to whether this extends to Hotels, B&Bs and Self-Catering premises and we are awaiting further details from the Tourism Council on this aspect, but in the meantime we have updated our COVID-19 message to reflect this new guidance.

Please also note that a number of Forestry England's main car parks are closing today. We will continue to work with Forestry England, the National Park Authority and New Forest District Council to ensure all information is consistent and up to date. The list of car park closures can be seen here

Government's Business Support Measures
The Government has just announced more detail of business support measures outlined last week.
They have also launched a dedicated website that collates information on the support available for businesses 

New Forest District Council
For updates on New Forest District Council services including community information, waste, support to businesses, housing, planning, benefits, and council tax, please see

Latest Business Closures/Change of Opening Arrangements
Adventure Wonderland Closed until further notice
Balmer Lawn Hotel Closed until further notice
Beaulieu & Bucklers Hard Closed until further notice
Bombay Sapphire Closed until Thursday 9th April 2020
Careys Manor & Montagu Arms Closed until further notice
Cottage Lodge Hotel Closed from 24 March
Crown Manor Hotel Closed until 1 June
Dogstival Postponed until September
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre Closed until further notice
Hanger Farm Arts Centre Closed until further notice
Hurst Castle Delaying opening until Friday 1st May
Longdown Activity Farm Closing from 5pm on Sunday 22nd March 2020. The Farm Shop selling local produce, livestock, poultry feed and equipment remains open for the foreseeable future – Daily – 10am to 5pm.
Moortown Lodge Closed until further notice
New Forest Activities Closed until further notice
New Forest Heritage Centre Closed until at least Sunday 12th April
New Forest Hotels All group properties closing
Paultons Park Closed until further notice
Sandy Balls Holiday Village Closed until further notice
Shorefields Holiday Parks for holiday guests closed until at least Thursday 16th April 2020
Spring Autojumble at Beaulieu Cancelled
Upper Kingston Farm Cottages Closed until 30th June

Please ensure you update your product page on the destination website to reflect any changes you are making as a business to your operational arrangements.

GNF Members Only Facebook Group
Don't forget to support each other through our GNF Members Private Facebook Group

We will of course continue to keep you updated of any further Government statements and critical changes in circumstance as they arise.

With best wishes,