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New Forest pony

The New Forest pony is one of the best-known images of the...

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The New Forest is very important for wading birds during their breeding...

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Re:New Forest – Partnership Plan 2022-2027

Re:New Forest The New Forest is an exceptional landscape, shaped over thousands...

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11 | 02 | 2023 Local food and drink

Valentines Food Fayre and Open Farm

The Countryside Education Trust are holding a local food fayre on Saturday...

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Why you should visit the NEW FOREST this autumn? 🍁🍂 🌳 Located in Hampshire, the New Forest is one of the UK’s smaller national parks. 🌳 Did you know that originally the New Forest was used as a vast hunting ground by William the Conqueror in the early 11th century? This is how the New Forest got its name - William the Conqueror created it as his ‘new hunting forest’ naming it ‘Nova Foresta’ which evolved into its English name meaning ‘New Forest’. 🍁 During the autumn, visit the New Forest to see pigs roaming free in the forest. The reason for this is pannage. Pannage is the practice of releasing domestic pigs into the forest to eat all the fallen acorns and other nuts that are poisonous to the New Forest ponies and cattle that roam the forest for the majority of the year. This year the pannage season is from 13th September - 14th November 2021 and it is the only time of the year pigs are allowed to roam the forest. Finding them can be difficult though! It is thought that around 600 pigs and their piglets are released for pannage, but finding them is a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack! We were lucky in Furzley and Bramshaw, but please remember that just because we found them there, it doesn’t mean you will 🐷 Check out my stories to see some other locations they have been spotted across the New Forest. ➡️ Please make yourself familiar with the New Forest code before visiting. This includes no feeding or stroking of any animals. Wild camping is not tolerated. Please book a campsite. Check out the Google Map of campsites recommended by members of the vanfamtribe community. 🍁 If you are new to vanlife and are unsure or worried about camping in autumn. Please check out my top tips for camping in the autumn over on my blog. Link in bio or check out www.vanlifefamily.co.uk

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