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The New Forest is a very special place. This website is for anyone interested in discovering the real New Forest – a 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 an extraordinary commitment to the New Forest.

The New Forest Commoners Defence Association (CDA) was created in 1909 to defend commoning when it was, once again, under very serious threat from development of the land. It has been commoners’ bold determination to protect the traditional management of this landscape over centuries that has ensured its survival. Nowadays there is a strong partnership in defence of commoning, alongside the CDA. But very real threats remain.

The more people understand the role of commoning and the huge public and environmental benefits it brings, the better protected the New Forest will be for future generations to enjoy.

We hope that our website inspires you to support our efforts. We have created sections about the special qualities of the grazed Forest, about commoners’ year-round care of  the animals, about the commoners themselves, and about how we can all do our bit to keep it special as a Shared Forest. We also have pages for our Young Commoners Group and for the Shared Forest Business Group for Forest-friendly local businesses (which is free to join). We really hope you find it useful and enjoyable.

If you appreciate the value of commoning then please do 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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For the Commoning Voices Exhibition audioguide CLICK HERE

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Latest News

Photo Competition 2018

Photo Competition 2018

27th November 2018 | Tony

The CDA is running a photo competition. Winning entries will be included in the CDA 2018 Annual Report. Your entry can feature any aspect of commoning life or the Open ... READ MORE

Animals look Great; Shame about the Visitors?

Animals look Great; Shame about the Visitors?

7th December 2018 | Tony

On a wet December morning two buses set off from the Verderers Court for the second of the 2018 Verderers Welfare Tours: The twice yearly official inspections of commoners' ... READ MORE

Winter Accidents Campaign

Winter Accidents Campaign

31st October 2018 | Tony

For the second year running the main Forest organisations have pulled together to highlight the high risk time on the roads around the autumn clock change. Every year animal ... READ MORE

Commoning Voices

Commoning Voices

30th October 2018 | Tony

3rd November 2018 sees the exciting launch of a brilliant new exhibition at the New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst. Made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund the "Commoning ... READ MORE

Passport Surprises
Beaulieu Road Saleyard

Passport Surprises

25th October 2018 | Tony

In addition to the new passport application deadline of 30th November in October we were hit with a surprise change in the terms of our derogation from rules requiring all equines ... READ MORE

Commoning year

December

The shortest days
December sees the final sale of the year of New Forest ponies at Beaulieu Road Pony Sale. Commoners will have been out across the Forest catching the last few mares and foals in preparation for the sale. Many ponies are not caught on the drifts and commoners will go out alone or in small groups to catch individual ponies.
In some years the acorn crop is heavy and commoners with the right of pannage are given an extension to continue turning their pigs out, this occasionally lasts until New Years Day. Commoners on the Crown lands, with a sow in pig, can also apply for a licence to continue turning her out so long as she returns home each night to sleep.

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