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Famous Forest folk

"Please drive slow for the ponies"


Polly Smythe


As well as being world-renowned for its habitats and wildlife, the New Forest is also home to thriving communities.

Over the years there have been many renowned people who have called the Forest home, from artists to novelists, naturalists to admirals. Browse their fascinating stories in this section.

New Forest Coastal Heritage Leaflet

National Park Archaeologist


'Areas of the New Forest were used to test bombs in World War I and II. Please keep away from objects that might be dangerous and notify the police.'

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