The policy of the Forestry Commissioners is governed by the New Forest Act, 1877, and in particular by Section 6 of that Act, which provides that in cutting timber care shall be taken to maintain the picturesque character of the ground, and to keep the woods replenished by protecting self-sown plants or by planting, having regard to the ornamental as well as the profitable use of the ground. The working plan of the forest prepared by the Commissioners of Woods and Forests and followed by the Forestry Commissioners provides for:
- (1) the growing of good oak timber wherever soil and silvicultural conditions are adapted to the purpose, and the production of coniferous timber over the remainder of the area;
- (2) the preservation of the amenities of the forest; and
- (3) subject to the above, the attainment of the best sustained financial results from the forest.
The Forestry Commissioners have appointed a Committee representative of local and public interests to advise them as to the selection and special treatment of areas within the inclosures of the New Forest which are of outstanding picturesque interest.