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Common of Marl
Common of Turbary
Common of Pasture for Sheep

The following New Forest common rights are now largely obsolete.

Common of Pasture for Sheep

Sheep near Brook, on the edge of the New Forest
Sheep near Brook, on the
edge of the New Forest

Common of Pasture for Sheep allows sheep to be put out to graze on the New Forest. It is attached to former monastic property in the south-east of the New Forest, and to a few fields in the extreme north-west. Common of Pasture for Sheep is now rarely exercised.

Common of Marl

Common of Marl allowed the extraction of lime-rich clay for use as a fertiliser. It is now no longer exercised. Evidence of Common of Marl can, though, still be seen in numerous disused Marl Pits dotted about the New Forest. Richardson, King and Driver, for example, on their late-18th century map of the New Forest show near Beaulieu 'Old Marl Pits' where today is Hatchet Pond - it's been suggested that the pits eventually flooded to form Hatchet Pond.

Common of Turbary

Common of Turbary allowed peat turves to be cut for fuel, but only for personal use. Each piece was about 46 centimetres x 23 centimetres (18 inches x 9 inches), but so as to not exhaust supplies, for every one cut, two would be left each year. Peat Moor, near Lyndhurst, is shown on the late-18th century Richardson, King and Driver map, and reminds of Common of Turbary, which, before the widespread availability of reasonably priced coal in the early 20th century, was of considerable value. Common of Turbary is now, though, no longer exercised.

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
New Forest ponies in the road
Commoners' ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during 2019 agisters attended 159 road traffic accidents involving these animals, a small but disappointing increase on the 154 accidents attended in 2018.

Sadly, 58 animals were killed - 35 ponies, 13 cows, 8 donkeys and 2 sheep, whilst a further 32 were injured - 3 pigs, 9 donkeys, 11 cows and 9 ponies.

(Forty-three accidents occurred in daylight, 15 at twilight and 101 in the dark. Twenty-seven accidents were not reported by the driver involved).
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley