New Forest housing

Ministers order Forestry chiefs to open talks in commoners rent row

GOVERNMENT ministers have ordered Forestry England to hold a formal consultation over the rent it demands on properties it manages in the New Forest for commoners. Stepping in after the Commoners’ Defence Association (CDA) accused...
Ponies

Selfie-seekers urged to steer clear of ‘dangerous’ New Forest ponies

PEOPLE posing for selfies with New Forest ponies are being warned they are at risk of being badly injured or even killed. Dozens of photos of visitors getting up close to the ponies across the...

Young commoner Nicola urges New Forest verderers to tighten animal accident reporting rules

A YOUNG commoner has urged the verderers to re-think their advice to drivers who knock down animals after two of her sheep were left to die in a horrific hit-and-run incident. As reported in the...

Pony and cow put down after accidents on New Forest roads

A PONY and a cow were injured and had to be destroyed following two separate accidents on New Forest roads last weekend. The pony – a chestnut mare which was wearing a reflective collar –...
Foal and pony

New Forest pony ‘killed by dumped grass cuttings’

A PONY is feared to have been killed after eating grass cuttings dumped in the New Forest at the weekend. A year-old foal believed to belong to the dead mare was found wandering nearby, and...

First commoners’ rental home in a decade wins planning approval

A CONSERVATION charity is set to build a new rented commoner's dwelling on land near Ringwood - the first in about 10 years. The scheme, submitted by the New Forest Trust, was unanimously supported by...
New Forest cows

Herd of cows slaughtered after killing dog and injuring man

A HERD of New Forest cows was slaughtered after launching an attack which put a dog walker in hospital with serious injuries and killed his pet, the A&T understands. The victim was visiting a site...
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...
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...
Lymington Centre car park

New campaign urges people to ‘keep your distance’ from New Forest livestock

NEW FOREST organisations have come together to combat the danger of residents and visitors getting too close to the national park’s free-roaming livestock. The Keep Your Distance campaign, launched by New Forest commoners in partnership...
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