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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

Branding House Nameplates New Forest Show

July

Commoners and their animals scrub up for the New Forest Show, and the CDA gets busy branding house nameplates for sale at the Show. This is a particularly popular attraction, with many local people waiting until the Show to get new rustic nameplates for their homes, stables and other outbuildings.
When the sun shines we'll also be out taking hay from our back-up fields. This helps keep the land that we rent or own in good condition for winter grazing, and provides useful feed for the winter months when many animals are brought home from the open Forest. Keeping local fields in the traditional rotation of hay-making and seasonal grazing also provides important habitats, keeping these spaces for nature.

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Latest News

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Parking erosion of SSSI in Lockdown

Our Unprotected Landscape

18th May 2020

We’ve all learnt a lot from the coronavirus lockdown. The extent to which people will voluntarily help complete strangers in a time of need has been hugely reassuring when there ... READ MORE

“Don’t delay!” CDA message to ministers

“Don’t delay!” CDA message to ministers

15th May 2020

This week the Agriculture Bill gave MPs their first taste of online voting for a major piece of legislation on 13th May. It sailed through, despite much debate over a future trade ... READ MORE

Re-Open New Forest car parks: Substantial harm being done

Re-Open New Forest car parks: Substantial harm being done

7th May 2020

PRESS RELEASE   7TH MAY 2020   “RE-OPEN CAR PARKS NOW” DEMAND NEW FOREST COMMONERS   The organisation representing the 700 people whose animals ... READ MORE

Coronavirus: 2020 Stallions

Coronavirus: 2020 Stallions

8th April 2020

The CDA committee has decided in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to recommend to the Verderers that the number of stallions selected and turned out in 2020 is cut to just 10, the ... READ MORE

Public Engagement Training for Commoners: 31st March 2020

Public Engagement Training for Commoners: 31st March 2020

5th March 2020

      In 2019 the CDA realised that we could do a lot better in the way we communicate directly with the public about commoning and the New Forest. Part of ... READ MORE

All change!

All change!

27th February 2020

Tony Hockley, CDA Chair 27th February 2020 The Government has now offered more clues regarding post-Brexit agricultural and environmental policies. These will be made possible ... READ MORE

What’s the New Forest done for us?

What’s the New Forest done for us?

18th November 2019

The past three years have given ample time for Britain to think about what a break from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) could mean for the countryside and nature. Could the ... READ MORE

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
Robert Stride & Julian Glover

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

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