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About Commoning

The commoning community are a vibrant and diverse community of people who come from all walks of life. Individually they have rights to turn ponies, cattle, pigs, donkeys and sheep out to graze and browse the New Forest’s woodlands, heathlands and lawns. Together the commoners and their animals have shaped the New Forest for generations. There are five Forest Rights:

  • Pasture
  • Mast
  • Estovers
  • Turbary
  • Marl

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February

Preparing for Spring, and judging takes place of New Forest Ponies that have spent the whole winter on the Open Forest.

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Latest News

Commoners’ Pride & Chris Packham’s Prejudice

Commoners’ Pride & Chris Packham’s Prejudice

27th January 2019 | Tony

There can be few things more demotivating than seeing daily vocational effort for a cause you love under attack from sideline commentators, whose opinions are based on personal ... 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
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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

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