Tag Archives: Rights of Common

New Forest: pannage, pigs and wild boar

Autumn has got to be one of my favourite seasons of the year. The annual drifts are underway, the heaths and woodlands are changing colour, adding variety to the hues of the already breath-taking scenery, and pannage season has begun. … Continue reading

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New Forest: William the Conqueror and divine retribution

I was inspired to read more about William the Conqueror, after attending an event at the Chalke Valley History Festival (2014). Apparently after the Norman invasion, which followed the Battle of Hastings in 1066, he attempted to integrate with the … Continue reading

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New Forest: Pannage season!

Autumn on the Forest is always a time of spectacle; the breaking dawn bursting upon the ancient landscape with reds, lilacs and oranges is a visual treat guaranteed to draw wonder from those who rise early enough to witness it; … Continue reading

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Commoners of the New Forest

We moved into our new house in 2012 and discovered to our amazement and delight that we were commoners of the New Forest. The practice of commoning, which has existed uninterrupted for over a thousand years, is still the dominant … Continue reading

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