Oral History Project
The Trust helped local volunteers to make ‘oral history’ recordings of the special memories of elderly commoners, whose fascinating stories describe life in the Forest back to the 1930s. Using Heritage Lottery funding, the Trust provided the volunteers with recording equipment and training in interview techniques.
In just the last hundred years there have been huge changes to life in the Forest. There are still people who can remember how life used to be before traffic jams, telephones, televisions and many other changes that we now take for granted. The Trust has launched a dedicated website for the commoning history project: www.newforestmemories.org.uk
If you’d like to find out more, or you know someone who might like to be recorded, please email email@example.com
A-Z of Commoning and the New Forest
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The Stallion Scheme
The Stallion Scheme was carefully developed to help reduce the number of foals born on the Forest by limiting the number of stallions and only letting them out during some of the summer months.
The New Forest Verderers manage the Scheme and they select the stallions that are allowed out on the Open Forest. Although the Stallion Scheme helps to ensure the best quality of foals are raised on the Forest more importance is given to the fact that the welfare of the ponies is much improved, especially in winter.
Preventing Animal Accidents
The New Forest Trust commissioned a report on animal accidents; as a result and at the request of the Commoners Defence Association we also paid for and distributed leaflets through local organisations.
The Trust printed and distributed two runs of 15,000 leaflets, the second in conjunction with the British Deer Society New Forest branch. The Commoners Defence Association is particularly concerned about injury and death to livestock. The British Deer Society share the same concern about the loss of deer on New Forest roads.
Reflective stickers for Pony visibility
The Trust funded a trial of reflective stickers to go on the bottoms of ponies and donkey’s to make them visible at night.
A lot of animals are fitted with reflective collars but they cannot be seen if the animal is facing away from an oncoming vehicle, this trail aimed to find a suitable material that would stay on the ponies and help make them visible at night.