CAR parks across the New Forest are due to reopen tomorrow following the government's decision to ease the lockdown.

Drivers can once again use coastal car parks owned by the district council and beauty spot parking areas controlled by Forestry England.

It follows complaints that car park closures have resulted in drivers parking on grazing land and blocking emergency access gates.

A Forestry England spokesman said it was reopening many of its car parks in the Forest where the safety conditions could be met.

He added: "However, in line with ongoing social distancing requirements, all other visitor facilities in the Forest, including toilets, BBQ areas and campsites, remain closed."

The spokesman said some car parks would stay shut to protect ground-nesting birds and other forms of wildlife.

He added: "It is a vital time of year for ground-nesting birds and the public are urged to stay on the main paths when walking, cycling or horse riding.

"Dog walkers are asked to keep dogs on the main tracks and if necessary use a lead.

"People are also advised to keep their distance from the many animals that have been born on the Forest during the lockdown as they will have very protective parents."