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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

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November

The final drifts take place and commoners adjust to the longer nights, but commoning activities must go on regardless

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Latest News

New Forest commoners advised to remove cattle horns

New Forest commoners advised to remove cattle horns

15th October 2019

The New Forest Commoners' Defence Association (CDA) is advising commoners in the New Forest to dehorn their cattle. This unprecedented move comes after a series of serious ... READ MORE

Kick on! The Glover Review & The New Forest
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Kick on! The Glover Review & The New Forest

23rd September 2019

CDA Chair, Tony Hockley, offers his personal views on the review of national landscapes   The review of Designated Landscapes led by Julian Glover faced a huge ... READ MORE

Special CDA/Verderers Meeting for Cattle Commoners
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Special CDA/Verderers Meeting for Cattle Commoners

30th August 2019

Recreation & Cattle 7.30pm, 19th September 2019, Lyndhurst Community Centre All cattle commoners are invited to a special meeting hosted jointly by the Official Verderer ... READ MORE

Forestry England’s housing sell-off halted by Ministers, for now…

Forestry England’s housing sell-off halted by Ministers, for now…

5th August 2019

In May 2019 the CDA wrote to Michael Gove alerting him to Forestry England's new and unauthorised approach to marketing Crown-owned land and homes in the New Forest. After a long ... READ MORE

Forestry England celebrates 100 years: Back to the Future
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Forestry England celebrates 100 years: Back to the Future

14th May 2019

Forestry England "celebrates" its centenary this year. It will be much less of a celebration amongst those who care for the New Forest. Austerity has seen significant real cuts to ... READ MORE

Geldings – Mares & Stallions
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Geldings – Mares & Stallions

16th April 2019

Stallions, geldings and mares Why do some commoners run geldings on the New Forest, and how might this affect the stallions and mares?  By Jenny Tillyer Common Rights of ... READ MORE

It Ain’t What You Do – Its the Way You Do It

It Ain’t What You Do – Its the Way You Do It

7th April 2019

By Tony Hockley Chair, New Forest Commoners Defence Association #DiscoverNationalParks fortnight 2019 As the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of its national parks it ... READ MORE

Burning issues

Burning issues

22nd February 2019

by Jenny Tillyer, New Forest commoner, February 2019 Burning on the Forest: Controlled and Wildfire The traditional burning season is just getting underway and I wanted to ... READ MORE

Rewilding the New Forest?

Rewilding the New Forest?

22nd February 2019

by Tony Hockley, New Forest Commoners Defence Association "You are amazing. We bow down to you. We are trying to emulate what you are doing!" In his opening words to a ... READ MORE

Commoners’ Pride & Chris Packham’s Prejudice

Commoners’ Pride & Chris Packham’s Prejudice

27th January 2019

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

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