Why conservationists are putting the bands back into miles of New Forest streams

A SCHEME to return wetlands to their natural state is being hailed as a victory after more than four miles of artificially straightened channels were restored this year. The drainage was first altered by the...

Wet winter weather prompts Alabama Rot alert to New Forest dog owners

DOG owners have been warned to be on the look-out for symptoms of a deadly disease that has claimed the lives of a number of dogs in the New Forest. The Kennel Club, the largest...

Marchwood Junior School shut as norovirus bug strikes pupils and staff

AN OUTBREAK of norovirus caused Marchwood Junior School to close on Monday for specialist deep cleaning to take place. More than 45 children and staff became unwell on Friday with the bug, which causes extreme...

Lymington singer Carly Varley hits the right notes to win Dorset Venus Award

A LYMINGTON singer is celebrating winning a coveted accolade and making the finals of a national contest that carries the top prize of a recording contract. Solo acoustic guitar act Carley Varley triumphed in the...

Councillors raise concern over rats ‘immune to poison’ running round Ringwood

PEST controllers are struggling to deal with huge increases in rat numbers in Ringwood, with a councillor claiming the vermin have become immune to poison. Marianne Giles, who runs the 4Zero café in the town,...

Plan for new homes in Sway win green light from national park authority

CLAIMS that building three new homes in Sway would constitute over-development did not persuade planning authority members to throw them out. An application to demolish a building in Builders Yard, Station Road, which is used...

Milford beach hut owners fear eviction by council as coastal erosion worsens

BEACH hut owners at a coastal beauty spot fear they will be kicked off by New Forest District Council as erosion risks worsen. At Hordle Cliff, near Milford, about 15 owners are understood to be...

Police forces unite to clamp down on Christmas drink-driving

THERE could be fatal consequences if drivers get behind the wheel after consuming drink or drugs this festive season, police warned at the start of their annual festive crackdown. The Hampshire and Dorset forces have...

Norleywood villagers oppose conifer clearance scheme at New Forest beauty spot

USERS of the popular Norleywood inclosure are angry at plans to deforest an area of the site by cutting down conifer trees, claiming that it will be “completely destroyed”. The Forestry Commission (FC) has confirmed...

Red tape blamed for slow rollout of superfast broadband in the New Forest

EXTENSIVE red tape was blamed for broadband speeds in the New Forest lagging behind those of other areas. As previously reported in the A&T, Hampshire County Council is working on phase two of a project...
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