Pile of fruit and vegetables found at Stoney Cross potentially fatal for New Forest ponies
THE person who dumped a pile of fruit and vegetables on the New Forest could have ended up “killing with kindness”, a local councillor has warned.
Sharing a picture online of the food waste recently spotted near Janesmoor Pond at Stoney Cross, Cllr David Harrison emphasised the potentially fatal consequences for livestock.
He described it as a “New Forest food bank that is definitely not welcome”.
As reported in the A&T, the verderers have urged the public not to feed Forest livestock, with warnings that ponies can choke, develop painful colic, and injure one another by fighting for scraps.
Cllr Harrison added: “I would like to think that the person who left this large collection of food items out in the open Forest was motivated by kindness, rather than flytipping.”
Carol Gardener, who took the photo, had spent some time clearing up the pile.
Stressing New Forest ponies eat grass and other vegetation, Cllr Harrison added: “They really don’t need vegetables and fruit – this appears to include bananas.
“In fact, eating this can cause them real harm, including death.”
As reported in the A&T, Official Verderer Lord Manners made a fresh plea this month for people not to feed bales of hay to ponies.