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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.

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Warm days see the ponies heading for shade and damp valley mires

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Latest News

22-year-old man convicted after a fatal collision with foal

22-year-old man convicted after a fatal collision with foal

28th April 2022

Ben Hanlan, of East Grange Drive in Leeds, was convicted after the Volkswagen Polo he was driving collided with a foal nearby to Beaulieu Road between midnight on Friday 27 August ... READ MORE

Objection to an application to record three restricted byways near Ringwood

Objection to an application to record three restricted byways near Ringwood

25th February 2022

We have objected to an application to record three byways in the parish of Ringwood. The application was based on three sites: Bagnum Lane SU1734 0272 to Kingston Great ... READ MORE

Applications open to work for The Foundation for Common Land

Applications open to work for The Foundation for Common Land

1st February 2022

Applications are now open for two new roles as landscape recovery test and trial facilitators. The roles are located in The New Forest and The Malverns. Salary - : £36,000 ... READ MORE

Salt licks now in place along Roger Penny Way

Salt licks now in place along Roger Penny Way

13th January 2022

One of the New Forest’s most infamous roads for animal accidents (Roger Penny Way), has been given the go-ahead to trial off-road salt licks in a bid to help grazing animals ... READ MORE

A parasite found in dog faeces has been attributed to several cows aborting their calves

A parasite found in dog faeces has been attributed to several cows aborting their calves

4th January 2022

Last summer, Commoner Tom Gould turned 38 cattle out to graze on the New Forest. The majority of those at the time were in calf. By the Autumn, when the cattle were taken back to ... READ MORE

Longmead Cottage Open For Applications

Longmead Cottage Open For Applications

16th December 2021

Forestry England has published the particulars for another Commoner's holding. Longmead Cottage at Burley Lodge is now open for applications. The property particulars and ... READ MORE

New Forest Livestock Society – 2022 Provisional Sale Dates

New Forest Livestock Society – 2022 Provisional Sale Dates

14th December 2021

The New Forest Livestock Society (NFLS) have confirmed their provisional dates for the 2022 sales to be held at Beaulieu Road Sale Yard. The dates are as follows: ... READ MORE

NFCDA response to the New Forest National Park Draft Partnership Plan

NFCDA response to the New Forest National Park Draft Partnership Plan

28th September 2021

ℹ️ The NFCDA Committee have responded to the New Forest National Park consultation on their emerging Partnership Plan. We hope that the feedback we have provided is ... READ MORE

Helping to spread key messages !

Helping to spread key messages !

23rd July 2021

Great to see the new #keepyourdistance signs up and in action :-)  You asked… so we listened! This has been fantastic a joint initiative, with funding from the Verderers and ... READ MORE

New support for the New Forest Commoning Community

New support for the New Forest Commoning Community

21st March 2021

In a new initiative championed by ExxonMobil Fawley, some of their land on the edge of the New Forest, has been rented to to young commoners at a reduced rate. The full press ... READ MORE

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