Monthly Archives: January 2014

Celebrity trees of the New Forest

Fruitful in old age The prolonged wet weather and high winds of late have brought down two trees at our holding. The apple tree was a grand old fellow and must have stood more than 9 metres (30ft). Its trunk … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forest Law, Courts and Officials

Before becoming a practising commoner I first had to apply to the Verderers of the New Forest to confirm my Rights of Pasture, request permission to run ponies on the Open Forest and gain approval for my commoner’s mark, which … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest Commoner | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The New Forest pony – the natural selection

The New Forest pony is known as the ‘architect’ of the Forest and plays a significant role in the biological diversity, culture and economy of the New Forest.  So important is this animal to the Forest and to commoning that … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest pony | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The New Forest Commoner

When I learned that I had Rights of Common on the New Forest, I began a journey of discovery into the traditions and practices of commoning on this beautiful and ancient landscape. Being a commoner means that I can ‘depasture … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest Commoner | Leave a comment

New Year and good health!

Shortly after the New Year begins, it seems that we are bombarded with advertising on television, in magazines and via the Internet, for holidays in the sun or sure-fire ways of getting fit or losing weight. It always seems that … Continue reading

Posted in New Forest, New Forest Commoner | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment