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Story of the Forest Charter

In 1217 the Charter of the Forest was issued on behalf of the nine year old king Henry III.

This Charter was the starting point for some fundamental rights that still underpin the modern New Forest, so in 2017 we are celebrating its 800th anniversary. 

If you live in the New Forest or further afield, you have the Charter of the Forest to thank for rights that nowadays we all take for granted.

Read the full, fascinating story told for the first time by archaeologist Gareth Owen.

  1. Tree Charter
  2. New Forest Tree of the Year
  3. Story of the Forest Charter (you are here)

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