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Discover the real New Forest – an incredible living, working landscape, shaped over centuries by the animals that graze it, and the people who own and care for them – the “commoners”: Ordinary people, with ordinary jobs, but with an extraordinary commitment. If you want reliable, straightforward answers to your questions about the New Forest and prefer fact over folklore then this is the site for you. Please do explore. We’ve included more information than ever before. If you know what you’re looking for then do use the Search button above to go straight to the right place. You can also support us by applying to join the CDA. You don’t need to be a commoner to join as an Associate Member.

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ELM and Commons: What does the Future Hold?
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ELM and Commons: What does the Future Hold?

9th December 2020

Commoners are welcome to sign up for a free one-hour session on ELM, hosted by the Foundation for Common Land and Federation of Cumbrian Commoners. The webinar will ... READ MORE

Job opportunity: trial facilitator

Job opportunity: trial facilitator

2nd December 2020

DEFRA ELMS Test and Trial – A Commons Delivery Model • Do you have a good understanding of Commoning, farm support schemes and rural issues in the New Forest? • Are you a ... READ MORE

Consultation on the allocation of land on the New Forest common for the Basic Payment Scheme

Consultation on the allocation of land on the New Forest common for the Basic Payment Scheme

30th November 2020

Background Up until 2005 subsidies were related to agricultural production, in the case of cattle this was paid through Suckler Cow Premium and Beef Special Premium for ... READ MORE

The New Forest code
New Forest code July 2020

The New Forest code

29th July 2020

The Commoners Defence Association has come together with New Forest organisations to launch a new code to help protect our landscape, livestock and wildlife. The New Forest ... READ MORE

Securing our history & heritage
Driving Dalgetty's cattle through Fordingbridge. © Peter Harrison

Securing our history & heritage

10th July 2020

Fascinating accounts of commoning life have been brought together in a new collection of memories and photographs. Through Our Ancestors’ Eyes features the stories of 20 ... READ MORE

Our Unprotected Landscape
Parking erosion of SSSI in Lockdown

Our Unprotected Landscape

18th May 2020

We’ve all learnt a lot from the coronavirus lockdown. The extent to which people will voluntarily help complete strangers in a time of need has been hugely reassuring when there ... READ MORE

“Don’t delay!” CDA message to ministers

“Don’t delay!” CDA message to ministers

15th May 2020

This week the Agriculture Bill gave MPs their first taste of online voting for a major piece of legislation on 13th May. It sailed through, despite much debate over a future trade ... READ MORE

All change!

All change!

27th February 2020

Tony Hockley, CDA Chair 27th February 2020 The Government has now offered more clues regarding post-Brexit agricultural and environmental policies. These will be made possible ... READ MORE

What’s the New Forest done for us?

What’s the New Forest done for us?

18th November 2019

The past three years have given ample time for Britain to think about what a break from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could mean for the countryside and nature. Could the ... READ MORE

Kick on! The Glover Review & The New Forest
Robert Stride & Julian Glover

Kick on! The Glover Review & The New Forest

23rd September 2019

CDA Chair, Tony Hockley, offers his personal views on the review of national landscapes   The review of Designated Landscapes led by Julian Glover faced a huge ... READ MORE

Commoning year

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January

January can be a tough start to the New Year, with commoners often caring for their animals in the dark and wet, having to fit it around their other work.

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