The New Forest was created by King William I around 1079 as a royal Forest. His ‘Nova Foresta’ hunting reserve meant that his precious deer and wild boar could roam freely, without fences and enjoy royal protection. The local people were given some rights allowing them to graze their stock on the Forest.
The commoners iconic New Forest pony and other stock have since then sculpted the very landscape creating a totally unique and picturesque area. In 2005 the New Forest National Park was created to ensure that the natural beauty, wildlife and history are protected and people can appreciate and enjoy it.
The New Forest National Park FAQ
- The New Forest National Park was created in March 2005
- Half of the New Forest is owned by the Forestry Commission
- The Verderers manage and protect the traditional activity of commoning
- There are around 4500 ponies ‘depastured’ on to the Forest
If you’re in a forest, the quality of the echo is very strange because echoes back off so many surfaces of all those trees that you get this strange, itchy ricochet effect.
~ Brian Eno