New Forest District

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Coordinates: 50°52′44″N 1°37′59″W / 50.879°N 1.633°W / 50.879; -1.633

New Forest

New Forest District
Motto(s): 
"Old yet ever new"
New Forest shown within Hampshire
New Forest shown within Hampshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyHampshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQLyndhurst
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyNew Forest District Council
 • LeadershipLeader and Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsJulian Lewis
Desmond Swayne
Area
 • Total290.8 sq mi (753.2 km2)
Area rank47th (of 326)
Population
(mid-2017 est.)
 • Total179,600
 • Rank102nd (of 326)
 • Density620/sq mi (240/km2)
 • Ethnicity
94.9% White British
2.67% White Other
0.94% Asian
0.35% Black
1.14% Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code24UJ (ONS)
E07000091 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU2581608959
Websitewww.newforest.gov.uk

New Forest is a local government district in Hampshire, England. It is named after the New Forest.

It was created on 1 April 1974, and was a merger of the borough of Lymington, New Forest Rural District and part of Ringwood and Fordingbridge Rural District.

The district is one of the most populated in England not to be a unitary authority. It was recommended by the Banham Commission to become one in 1995, but this case was vetoed by the government of the day.

Parishes and settlements