Ragwort – 2019

The annual ragwort pull will be Wednesday 17 July at NT Rockford Common car park. This is organised by the National Trust so look out for their vehicles and staff.

You can get good quality considered information about Ragwort here: https://www.buglife.org.uk/sites/default/files/Ragwort.pdf
There is a great deal of misinformation about Ragwort online and verbally – beware.

On the Parish Council property the intention is to deal with the open, Common areas and PC verges. Please try to leave plants with caterpillars and eggs for the butterflies to complete their life-cycle and remember not to pull Ragwort on land owned privately without permission. We are not trying to exterminate Ragwort but to restrict it to manageable quantities where insect populations benefit from its presence and the threat to stock and agriculture is minimal.

10am start, we ask people to bring a pair of gloves and a garden fork if possible.

Join us for our New Forest Spring Clean!

The Parish Council have organised a litter ick in association with the New Forest Spring Clean initiative for Saturday 30 March between 10am and 12pm.

Meet at Cross Lanes crossroads wearing sturdy gloves and shoes. Bags, litter pickers and hi-vis vests will be provided.

If permission is granted by the Forestry Commission, a litter pick will take place at Linford Bottom at the same time.

Please tell your friends and neighbours!

http://www.keepbritaintidy.org

The Forest and the Drought 2018

NOTICE ISSUED BY: Official Verderer,  Lord Manners, Verderers of the New Forest, The Queen’s House, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7NH

Telephone: 023 8028 2052    E-mail: enquiries@verderers.org.uk

THE FOREST AND THE DROUGHT – JULY 2018

WATER

We understand that residents are becoming worried about a possible lack of water for the Forest animals in this unusually prolonged period without rain.

We would like to assure everyone that the animals DO know where to find water. It is actually rarely far away, even if some of the usual watering holes have dried up.

Putting out water in buckets and other receptacles for the animals is very counterproductive and dangerous and we ask Forest residents not to do it.

A story was related to our office last week which shows exactly why putting out water is not a good idea….

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Water for Forest Animals

At the Verderers court yesterday a statement was read out by the court with a plea for people NOT to put out buckets of water out for forest animals – specifically in this area.

There is still plenty of water on the Forest at places like Blissford and Moyles Court, and in the mires, and the forest animals are well able to find it.

The main issue raised by the official Verderer was concern that the lead pony or cow drank all the water provided by residents,  and then did not take the rest of the herd to water.

Also they were concerned that putting out water brings the livestock on to the road and puts them in danger from traffic.  Although they may be well intentioned, residents who put out water for livestock are actually making the situation worse.

Well done ‘Litter Heroes’

Dear Fellow Litter Heroes

I would like to thank each one of you for braving the weather and joining around 40 volunteers today to pick up 45kg of litter!

We collected, beer cans, plastic bottles, plastic wrappers, dog poo in bags(!), cigarette packets and paper cups (mainly Waitrose!)

As you can see, some of our volunteers were so inspired that they carried on after the event in different locations!Continue Reading