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Letter: Enjoy the New Forest before irreversible changes are made

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SIR – “Us old Forest folk”, who have been born and bred here and call the New Forest home, have seen many changes in our time, and not always for the better.

Everything has to have a foundation – the Forest’s being commoning and the animals. If too many changes occur the Forest will no longer be as we know it.

There is so much to be seen here whatever the time of day.

Are there still enough wild places in the New Forest?
Are there still enough wild places in the New Forest?

Walks just after daybreak are amazing. We have witnessed many things at this time of day: a blood-red sunrise as a backdrop to the tower blocks of Southampton; mist over low areas that look like water, to be gone in a few minutes; the dawn chorus in certain woods is hard to describe – just stand, stare and listen.

There has to be enough wild places still to enable us all to do whatever appeals.

These are now “us old Forest folks’" memories and I hope that future generations of all “Forest folk” are able to make theirs too – before there are irreversible changes.

Margaret Kitcher,

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