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Community and Heritage

The New Forest commoning community is a diverse and broad community of people who come from all walks of life.

At its heart are a number of large families which have been commoning in the New Forest for generations.

Commoning is communal and commoners often work together. Haymaking often calls for the troops to be gathered and the annual pony drifts simply wouldn’t work if commoners didn’t work together.

Whilst out checking their own animals commoners will always cast an eye over every animal they pass, ensuring each is fit and well.

This section gives you an insight into this community.

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'Please don’t feed or pet the animals; they may look friendly but they can bite and kick.'

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