The New Forest is an outstanding area of open heath and woodland covering some 37,500 hectares between the southern coastal towns of Southampton and Bournemouth.
The Forest’s character and ecology is largely maintained by the grazing of livestock owned by smallholders and farmers, known locally as commoners. There are about five hundred practicing commoners in the New Forest, exercising their Forest Rights and paying marking fees on about 7000 animals each year, not all of which will be out on the Forest at any one time.
The New Forest Commoners Defence Association (CDA) was founded in 1909 in response to the increasing conflict between the spreading urban populations around the New Forest’s fringes and the commoners’ animals. The CDA celebrated its centenary year in 2009.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP ON OUR STAND AT THIS YEAR'S NEW FOREST SHOW? We are looking for volunteers to help on our stand and with the actual branding of the wooden plaques. The Show this year runs from Tues 29th to Thurs 31st July, and you can volunteer to help for any or all of the 3 days, either a morning, afternoon or all day. In return we'll give you a free entry ticket to the showground and provide you with free bacon sarnies and drinks! Please note you must be a member of the NFCDA to volunteer. If you'd like to support your Association by volunteering, please contact us using the form below. Many Thanks!