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Forestry England mulls scaling back Slap Bottom tree-felling after protests

FORESTRY England is considering scaling back a controversial tree-felling operation which sparked protests from villagers and an intervention from a government minister. Residents living near Slap Bottom, a belt of trees just south of Burley,...
Storm Brendan

Driver and his dog dodge death as tree smashes into car

A MOTORIST and his dog had a lucky escape from Storm Brendan when a huge tree branch came smashing through his windscreen. Morgen Jenkins and his border collie Frank were showered with shards of glass...
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Conservation group defends tree-felling against ‘simplistic’ protests

THE New Forest’s oldest conservation group has backed a tree-felling operation near Burley and criticised objections by villagers and a local MP as “simplistic and misguided”. The Friends of the New Forest – formerly the...

Company boss assaulted ex-wife at pub ‘out of spite’

A COMPANY director has been convicted of assaulting his estranged wife in a busy Burley pub. Simon Hawtrey-Coombs had also sent her abusive text messages prior to the incident at the White Buck. Southampton Magistrates’ Court...
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Letters: Why I’m backing the Slap Bottom tree protesters

SIR - I would like to add to John Carter’s comments in your story of 13th December (Minister halts tree felling after protest). In addition to the 300 plus trees in Slap Wood, in 2018...

Cabinet minister and police embroiled in tree protest at Slap Bottom

THE police were called when a small band of protesters tried to stop a controversial tree-felling operation in the New Forest which has been suspended by a top government minister. Contractors working for Forestry England...
Burley tree felling

New Forest villagers fight ‘crazy’ plan to axe more than 200 trees

RESIDENTS are fighting to stop the felling of more than 200 trees in the heart of the New Forest. The operation, which kicked off yesterday (Wednesday), is to chainsaw about 220 trees in a ribbon...

Horse rider airlifted to hospital after being thrown from mount in remote heathland

AIR and land paramedics went to the rescue of a horse rider who was knocked unconscious after being thrown from her mount in a remote part of the New Forest. Dog walkers at Silver Sands,...

Burley Manor wins best countryside hotel title at top national awards

A LUXURY hotel Burley Manor has grabbed a top gong at a national awards night celebrating industry excellence. The venue walked away with the Best Countryside Hotel honour at the 2020 Condé Nast Johansens Awards...

Firefighter Tim goes out in a blaze of glory

TRIBUTES were paid to Burley fire watch manager Tim Gray when he retired after more than 30 years of service. A special presentation event was held in his honour at the Burley Club, where colleagues...
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