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Lyndhurst in old pictures - Bolton's Bench and the foxhounds

Bolton' Bench, a well-known landmark on the outskirts of Lyndhurst, was for may years the meeting place of the New Forest Foxhounds and from at least the early years of the 20th century, the ensuing colourful and frequently chaotic scenes appeared on many contemporary postcards. Here is a selection, most dating from the first few decades of that century - the clothing worn by onlookers and hunt followers provides clues to the dates.

New Forest Foxhounds meet at Bolton's Bench
New Forest Foxhounds meet at Bolton's Bench
New Forest Foxhounds meet at Bolton's Bench
New Forest Foxhounds meet at Bolton's Bench
New Forest Foxhounds meet at Bolton's Bench
And finally, this largely unremarkable view near Bolton's Bench shows ponies close to the cricket pavilion. It is perhaps made more interesting, though, by the inclusion of the huge sandpit that today forms part of the Parc Pale car park
And finally, this largely unremarkable view near Bolton's Bench
shows ponies close to the cricket pavilion. It is perhaps made
more interesting, though, by the inclusion of the huge sandpit
that today forms part of the Parc Pale car park
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** New Forest ponies **
New Forest ponies in the road
Ponies, cattle, pigs, sheep and donkeys are a popular part of the New Forest scene, but during the first six months of 2018, 36 animals were killed or injured on Forest roads, compared with 26 in the same period in 2017, a shocking rise of 38%. And in the full year, 63 animals were killed on the roads compared to 56 in 2017.
** Always take care when driving **
New Forest seasonal highlights
March
Lesser celandine blooms illuminate woodlands, and heathland edges.
Fallow deer remain in single sex herds, the bucks at this time always separate from the does.
Curlews return from the coast to breed in and around the New Forest's wetter areas.

Red admiral butterflies are increasingly seen on bright, sunny days.

April
Redstarts are amongst the first returning long-distance migrant birds that arrive in April.
Large red damselflies take to the wing, the first of many such species that will soon be seen in the New Forest.
Bluebells blossom, sometimes in good numbers in ungrazed woodlands.
Badger cubs first appear above ground towards the end of the month.
New Forest 'what's on' - a small
selection of local events and activities
March 2019
Saturday, 2nd - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Book Fair, 10.00 - 4.00pm.
Wednesday, 6th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, John Adams concert, 7.00pm - 10.00pm.
Saturday, 23rd - St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Welcome Spring, 2.30pm - 4.00pm.
Sunday, 24th - Lyndhurst Community Centre, Holistic Health and Vegan Fair, 11.00am - 4.00pm.

April 2019
Sunday, 7th April to Wednesday, 29th May - Exbury Gardens, Four Seasons Art Exhibition, 10.00am - 5.30pm.
Friday, 12th - Brockenhurst Village Hall, Film night, The Wife (15), 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st - Burley Village Hall, Craft Fayre, 10.30am - 5.00pm.

For further details, view the full New Forest What's on programme.
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley
Content produced by Andrew Walmsley