Commoning news

Fresh push to tackle animal accidents


Published on Wednesday 30 November 2016

More than 30,000 animal emergency hotline cards are being sent to local people in an attempt to reduce animal deaths on New Forest roads.

Warning of fireworks distressing New Forest ponies

New forest ponies and fireworks news article

Published on Wednesday 2 November 2016

Fireworks display organisers in the New Forest are being asked to be aware of ponies and other animals to avoid causing them injuries and distress.

Drive safely in the New Forest this winter

Ponies graze by the roadside

Published on Tuesday 1 November 2016

People who regularly drive across the New Forest are being urged to drive extra carefully this winter.

Hit and run in the Forest

Brock brocade at show

Published on Friday 28 October 2016

Please help us find the hit and run driver of the vehicle which collided with a New Forest pony some time last night 27/28 October.

Wetland restoration planning application to be considered in November

Latchmore Brook

Published on Friday 7 October 2016

A planning application for a wetland restoration scheme at Latchmore Brook in the New Forest will be considered by the New Forest National Park Authority’s Planning Committee in November.

Forest free of animal accidents for four weeks

Animal accident yellow triangle 2308

Published on Friday 10 June 2016

There were no road accidents involving animals in the New Forest for a four week period spanning May and June, one of the longest incident-free periods on record.

New ‘buddy’ scheme to preserve New Forest’s traditional way of life

Mentor Scheme commoning

Published on Tuesday 5 April 2016

Efforts to ensure traditional New Forest knowledge, skills and practices survive will receive a boost thanks to a new mentoring scheme.

Nearly 10,000 caught speeding in bid to stop New Forest animal deaths

animal accidents

Published on Wednesday 3 February 2016

Nearly 10,000 motorists were caught speeding in the New Forest when a police safety camera van was used in a bid to stop animals being killed on the roads.

Warning of fireworks distressing New Forest ponies

New forest ponies and fireworks news article

Published on Tuesday 20 October 2015

Fireworks display organisers in the New Forest are being asked to be aware of ponies and other animals to avoid causing them injuries and distress.

Natural England chief executive welcomed on first visit to the New Forest

Natural england visit news article

Published on Thursday 17 September 2015

Natural England’s chief executive was welcomed by partner organisations on his first visit to the New Forest National Park.

Grants to support ancient New Forest tradition


Published on Tuesday 25 August 2015

A new grants scheme has launched to provide commoners in the New Forest with much-needed funds to support their traditional way of life.

Favourite photos of the Forest announced

seasonal snaps

Published on Wednesday 5 August 2015

The votes have been cast and the winners chosen in a competition to find the best summer photo of the New Forest.

New Forest commoners receive expert support

land advice

Published on Thursday 9 July 2015

Commoners in the New Forest will receive much-needed financial support to continue their ancient way of life thanks to help from local land advisers.

Animal accidents map shows worst New Forest roads

New forest animal accidents map 2014 cropped

Published on Friday 15 May 2015

New Forest organisations are appealing for motorists to take more care as a new map is published to highlight the worst roads for animal accidents.

Rural advice service on a high after five years


Published on Monday 16 March 2015

The New Forest’s commoners, landowners and farmers are celebrating the fifth anniversary of a service that helps them and wildlife thrive in the National Park.

Nominations open for New Forest awards 2015

cyrils soap shed

Published on Friday 16 January 2015

Nominations are now open for an awards scheme to recognise those making an outstanding contribution to conserving the unique landscape and traditions of the New Forest.

Reflective stickers for New Forest donkeys in bid to save them from road accidents

Appeal to drivers to slow down

Published on Monday 8 December 2014

The owner of a snowy white donkey knocked down and killed in Brockenhurst, New Forest, is putting reflective stickers on her animals in an appeal to drivers to slow down.

New Forest commoners face grant change challenges

land advice

Published on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Changes to payments that farmers receive to help them rear animals or grow crops are posing unique challenges for New Forest commoners.

Ancient tradition produces world class pork

Luke Parkinson

Published on Thursday 2 October 2014

The ancient New Forest tradition of pannage is producing pork to rival any in the world, thanks to the pigs’ free roaming lifestyle and diet of acorns.

Dedicated resource to reduce animal accidents on roads in the New Forest.

animal accident car

Published on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Joint press release by the Commoners Defence Association, Verderers and Hampshire Constabulary.

Good Woods brought to life for B&Q

corporate day

Published on Thursday 25 September 2014

B&Q employees have got hands on to help revitalise a New Forest woodland as part of their pioneering woodland regeneration project.

Town turns to animals to maintain wildlife havens

credit Neil Tungate

Published on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Ponies and cattle have been reintroduced onto two open spaces in New Milton to revitalise the sites for the local community.

Winners of New Forest awards scheme announced


Published on Friday 1 August 2014

The victors have been announced in an awards scheme that recognises those who make an exceptional contribution to maintaining the unique landscape and way of life of the New Forest.

Packed Verderers Court hears progress in scheme to regenerate the New Forest

Ponies graze on common land

Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

A full Verderers Court of about 80 people heard how the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) Scheme had made great progress, at its Annual General Meeting.

Celebrating Good Woods

good woods

Published on Tuesday 1 April 2014

A pioneering project in the New Forest is helping owners and managers of woodland ensure their woods are healthy and profitable.

New Forest commoners learn hedgelaying skills


Published on Friday 28 February 2014

Commoners in the New Forest have been going back to their roots learning traditional hedgelaying techniques to boost wildlife.

Multi-million pound funding boost to ensure New Forest National Park is fit for the future

Landscape partnership programme

Published on Tuesday 29 October 2013

The future conservation of the New Forest National Park’s unique landscape, wildlife and heritage has been given a huge boost thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Traditional New Forest way of life enters modern era

Pony salesyard

Published on Wednesday 23 October 2013

The historic sales yard for New Forest commoners’ ponies is now up to date thanks to a final £48,000 investment for a new roof from the New Forest RDPE (Leader) Programme.

Significant increase in New Forest animal accidents

Pony and foal by roadside

Published on Thursday 18 July 2013

Drivers are being asked to take care on Forest roads this summer as accidents involving New Forest animals have increased significantly over the first six months of this year.

Boost for New Forest commoning

New Forest Pony

Published on Thursday 21 March 2013

The New Forest’s ancient farming traditions have received a boost thanks to land secured at Rockford Common near Ringwood, in support of commoning.

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