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New Forest National Park

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New Forest National Park

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New Forest National Park

On 1 March 2005, the New Forest was officially designated a National Park, a distinction that rightly recognises the area’s natural and cultural uniqueness and will safeguard it for the future. However, the word “national” may be regarded by some as a bit of a comedown; hitherto, it has always been a firmly Royalist affair.

It was William the Conqueror who claimed it as a royal forest and hunting ground in 1079 – a decision that was to prove fatal for his son, William Rufus, who was killed by a stray arrow while out hunting in its leafy groves. Much later, the ficitional but plucky Beverley children upheld the Cavalier cause against dastardly Roundheads in Captain Marryat’s classic novel Children Of The New Forest.

The Forest has much to recommend it in addition to its royal connections: you could spot any or all three of England’s native snakes slithering about as you walk, encounter the famous New Forest ponies, sample a tangy, locally made chutney, or visit Buckler’s Hard, the shipbuilding village.

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Photo: Martin O'Neill/New Forest National Park www.newforestnpa.gov.uk


Your comments

The New Forest has been in existence since 1079 when William the Conqueror made it his hunting ground. There are many varieties of flora and fauna (including the New Forest ponies that have also been nominated) but it also includes many historical items such as the Rufus Stone, Beaulieu Abbey and Bucklers Hard, amongst others, some wonderful old English pubs serving traditional English food, and tearooms serving English afternoon teas.

Fiona Donovan



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