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Famous Forest folk

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.

National Park Archaeologist


'The New Forest was established as a royal hunting forest in 1079 and has a rich and fascinating history.'

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