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Pony near Hampton Ridge
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Exbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens in spring
Exbury Gardens in spring

Exbury Gardens is one of the New Forest’s premier visitor attractions. Although maybe a little off-the-beaten-track, tucked away close to the south-eastern edge of the New Forest National Park, Exbury Gardens offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy magnificently landscaped gardens in a timeless, tranquil setting overlooking the Beaulieu River.

Located a little over 3½ miles (5.5 kilometres) south-east of Beaulieu, Exbury Gardens can be found on the quaintly named Summer Lane, a short distance from Exbury Parish Church and Exbury village.

Exbury Gardens are on the route of New Forest Tour buses, which provide convenient, environmentally friendly methods of transport during the summer months.

Spread over 200 acres (100 hectares), Exbury Gardens are perhaps best known for world famous collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs that provide a profusion of spring and summer blooms and magnificent displays of autumnal colour.

Over 20 miles (32 kilometres) of pathways have been created along which visitors can wander at leisure, whilst a chauffeur driven buggy service is also available - this often appeals most to those with limited mobility.

Alternatively, as a further ever-popular means of getting about, visitors might wish to enjoy a trip on Exbury’s very own steam hauled, 1¼ mile (2 kilometre) railway. Steam enthusiasts can also sign up for a ‘Footplate Experience’, an opportunity to learn to drive one of the Exbury locomotives.

Mr. Eddy’s Tea Rooms and Gift Shop are open whenever the Gardens are open, picnic areas within the grounds cater for those who prefer to bring along their own refreshments and a range of special events, activities and exhibitions add increased variety to the ever-present attractions associated with this very special place.

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** New Forest ponies and other animals**
The New Forest
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).

Here's just one horrific example - Three donkeys killed in collision with van at notorious New Forest blackspot (Advertiser and Times)
** Always take care when driving **
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley