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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

Commoning year

New Forest Mare & Foal

May

The first foals beging to arrive, progeny of the stallions selected and turned out last summer. One of the year's two "welfare tours" take place, with a range of national and local organisations setting out in buses from the Verderers Court to assess the condition of the herds around the Forest.

AT the Beaulieu Road saleyard the Spring sale is held.

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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

April 2022 Presentments

April 2022 Presentments

22nd April 2022

The NFCDA made two presentments at the April 2022 Verderers Court. Nomansland Presentment The first was presented by Andrew Parry-Norton, expressing our concern over a ... READ MORE

The Glover Review Update

The Glover Review Update

9th March 2022

In May 2018 the Government asked for an independent review into whether the protections for National Parks and AONBs are still fit for purpose. In particular, what might be done ... 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 Mid – Term Meeting
Longslade Heath - May 2019

NFCDA Mid – Term Meeting

16th November 2021

Mid-term Agenda CDA Nov21 17 November 2021 Start time: 19.30 Venue: Lyndhurst Community Centre READ MORE

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