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.
On the night of the 15th/16th March 2017, an illegal extraction of gravel took place on Rockford Common. This has potential implications for BPS and HLS claims and affects the grazing. If CDA members have any information please contact James Taylor, the NT Estate Manager on 07876790535. Thank you.
NEW FOREST & HAMPSHIRE COUNTY SHOW 25th, 26th & 27th July 2017 We will once again be branding plaques and interacting with our members and the general public at the show, if you would be willing to assist on the stand either with the branding or just generally being of assistance, please contact us asap using the form below. Thanks!