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Forestry England is beginning to look at reshaping waterways diverted by farmers in the past

Stream filling and its consequences

Sixty years ago the renowned New Forest naturalist and local historian, Colin Tubbs (together with his co-author EL Jones), published the first detailed study of the fragile remains of early farming which survive in the heaths and woodlands here.

Colin was particularly interested in the little farms and smallholdings which had once surrounded much of Beaulieu Heath west. One of his most important discoveries was on the edge of the hamlet of Furzey Lodge. There he located an enclosure, now marked only by a bank and ditch, of about six acres, which had once been intensively cultivated, but which today is almost invisible to all but a trained eye.

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