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The New Forest

The timeless beauty of the New Forest derives from its unique natural and cultural heritage. In 1079 William the Conqueror established the Forest and its strict laws to safeguard the deer for hunting.

Through the commoners' steadfast defence of their rights to graze their animals on the forest, it has survived as a unique example of medieval landscape.

Now the various agencies managing the New Forest have a duty to safeguard it for future generations; a place of fascination and peace drawing millions of walkers and picnickers, who can help to protect the precious balance of nature in the forest by respecting its treasures.

Further information on the New Forest from New Forest District Council Tourism