Ponies

Stronger fencing is promised to keep livestock off New Forest roads

HAMPSHIRE County Council has promised “wherever possible” to use stronger, more expensive fencing to keep livestock off main roads in the New Forest. Cllr Rob Humby, HCC’s cabinet member for economy, transport and environment, made...

Animal ‘carnage’ warning over fencing along busy main roads

HAMPSHIRE County Council is being urged to upgrade fences to stop New Forest animals wandering onto busy main roads and causing "carnage". Concerns have been raised for several months at meetings of the verderers that...

New Forest commoners’ livestock cash set to be halved in funding shake-up

GOVERNMENT payments to commoners for turning out livestock onto the New Forest look set to be halved by 2024 as part of a government strategy to shake up funding to farmers. The planned changes to...

‘We will miss her presence’ – long-serving first female verderer Dionis steps down

THE first woman to serve on the Verderers’ Court, Dionis Macnair, has retired nearly half a century after first taking up the role. Burley commoner and pony breeder Dionis (90) decided to step down from...

Deal reached for commoners’ rents which ‘threatened’ the New Forest practice

A DEAL has been struck to resolve a row over the rent Forestry England demands for homes it manages, which had sparked concerns about the future of commoning. The agency had been criticised for listing...
Pony accident

Motorist fined £1,000 for pony hit-and-run at accident blackspot

A MOTORIST was fined £1,000 and disqualified from driving for six months after a fatal hit-and-run incident involving a New Forest pony. Nilesh Sorathia (38), from Langley, near Slough, admitted failing to stop after a...

Four New Forest animals killed in string of road accidents

FOUR animals owned by New Forest commoners have been killed on the roads following a series of accidents in the last fortnight. A bay mare was fatally injured on the C10 at Vereley Hill around...
New Forest cow attack

Calves could be banned from New Forest to protect walkers

THE verderers have warned new by-laws could be introduced to ban young calves from roaming the New Forest in a bid to protect the public from aggressive behaviour by their mothers. Discussions around the issue...
New Forest ponies

Hungry ponies taken off Forest after ‘worst winter in years’

DOZENS of ponies have been removed from the New Forest after persistent wet weather caused them to lose too much weight. The animals, which are all owned by commoners, will be kept in holdings and...
Samantha and Florence Bailey Bursary

Sam’s memory lives on with funding support for aspiring farmers

YOUNG people aspiring to a career in agriculture are being urged to apply to a bursary scheme launched in memory of an inspirational cattle farmer and her daughter. The fund, which is administered by the...
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