I became a New Forest commoner when I discovered that I had ‘Rights of Common’ attached to my smallholding. This means that I can ‘depasture’ ponies, cattle and donkeys on the Open Forest and claim the title of ‘commoner’. As I began to learn about this ancient form of pastoral management I quickly realised that commoning on the New Forest is as deeply rooted in the history, culture and social traditions of this amazing landscape, as it is in its ecology and environment.
I have embraced my responsibilities as a commoner and now take my turn in keeping the culture and traditions of the New Forest alive. I also share information about the history of the New Forest and the practice of commoning in these pages and via Twitter @Forest_Commoner.
If you would like to share your New Forest stories, images or items of interest please contact me via info@ newforestcommoner.co.uk.
New Forest Commoner