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London, United Kingdom
April 16, 2011
New Forest Ponies and Pints,
Experiencing England for Free
March 14, 2006
From journal 3 Days of Ponies
by GB from Devizes
Devizes, United Kingdom
November 4, 2004
After the Norman Conquest, William was quick to realise the importance of the forest, and he presided over the rapid replanting of any areas where the trees had been cut for timber. However, over the centuries, much illegal timber was taken and the forest diminished rapidly until Charles the Second ordered more planting in the 17th century.
Even then, timber was still being illegally felled, and so in 1848, a commission was appointed to oversee the upkeep of the forest, and finally, in the 20th century, it passed into the caring hands of the Forestry Conmmission.
The forest is full of many ancient earthworks and barrows, most of them now lost beneath layers of leaves and fallen branches from the four principal tree species that flourish here, namely the oak, elm, beech, and chestnut.
Very recently, the forest has been designated as Britain's newest national park, which will protect the indigenous flora and fauna for the enjoyment of everyone.
From journal The New Forest - Britain's newest national park