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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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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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Latest News

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

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

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

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