National Grid Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project public drop-in events – have your say

Local residents are invited to a series of events to get an update on a project to reduce the visual impact of the electricity transmission line near Hale Purlieu.Date: 30 July 201

Members of National Grid’s project team will be on hand to share the latest information and talk about the possible options for removing the section of existing high-voltage power line near Hale.

Date: Friday 1 July

Time: 4.00pm-8.00pm

Venue: Hale Village Hall, Hatchett Green, Hale, Fordingbridge, SP6 2NE

Date: Saturday 2 July

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Hale Village Hall, Hatchett Green, Hale, Fordingbridge, SP6 2NE

If you would like further information on National Grid’s VIP project please email


Verges within the Western Escarpment Conservation Area (that’s our patch)

The Western Escarpment is an important part of the National Park. All the grass verges within the conservation area are special and contribute significantly to the character and appearance of the area.

A leaflet has been produced to help residents understand the importance of our verges.

WE CA verge protection leaflet 3

Forestry operations in Newlands

Expect some fairly extensive tree felling in the area of Newlands alongside the road to Linwood. This is part of a long term plan to manage the area for native trees and more open ‘lawn’. Western Hemlock has really taken hold here and is seeding out onto the adjacent heathland, this work should get this under control.

This is the sign that will be posted around the area affected.



If you are interested in the Latchmore ‘Restoration’ project you might want to visit the pages on the Hyde Parish web site dedicated to the background of the hotly debated 2015-09-30 17-39-32

As well as extensive descriptive text there are many useful links to help interested parties increase their understanding of the plans.

Click the image to see the Hyde Parish web site

Small Fleabane – a local celebrity plant.

Small Fleabane

A special plant in our Parish

The New Forest is known for having a wide range of interesting plants, many that are found in larger numbers and better health than elsewhere in the UK. Small Fleabane (Pulicaria vulgaris) is one of them. This plant has its own peculiar requirements for survival and parts of our Parish are ideal for it. It’s not a water plant but it does like wet places and its life cycle is intimately linked to our large herbivores; the Horses and Cattle….Oh! and JCBs too.

Small Fleabane is having a good year, there are plants flowering along the side of the ditch that runs from (roughly) the phone box by the ex village shop down to the green by Mockbeggar chapel. It will be flowering for a few more weeks so why not take a look, go armed with a wild flower book to help with identification because it’s not a showy plant. Once you have your ‘eye in’ you’ll probably see quite a few plants.

National Trust’s Coffee Mornings on the Commons – communication from National Trust

National Trust Coffee Morning Poster

The National Trust are having “Coffee Mornings” at some of our Commons later in May, this will involve time slots where we will turn up with our engagement caravan, provide free teas/coffees and hopefully get to talk to the local people about our work, and their questions/concerns.

Please find attached our poster advertising these events.

Here is the list of mornings, we have chosen to do this throughout half term week so to also engage with the visiting public:

Location Date Time
Hightown Common Carpark Saturday 23rd May 9:30am—10:30am
Rockford Common, Sandpit Carpark Saturday 23rd May 11:00am—1:00pm
Hale Purlieu, Tethering Drove Thursday 28th May 9:30am-10:30am
Hale Purlieu, Ladies Mile Roadside Thursday 28th May 10:45am-11:45am
Hale Purlieu, NT Carpark Thursday 28th May 12:00pm-1:00pm
Bramshaw, Halfmoon Carpark Saturday 30th May 9:30am-10:30am
Bramshaw, Furzley Cross Saturday 30th May 10:45am-11:45am
Bramshaw, Penn Common, Water trough track Saturday 30th May 12:00pm-1:00pm

We would appreciate if this information could be circulated to councillors and local people so to inform as many people as possible.

Many thanks,

Jake White, Community Ranger

Communication from the National Trust – Campfires and Litter at Rockford Common: Volunteers Required

Campfires and litter at Rockford Common: Volunteers Required

Spring is finally upon us, the sun is shining, the air is warm and wild flowers are beginning to bloom. Lots of people are out and about, enjoying the New Forest, including sites such as Rockford and Ibsley Commons.

However, unfortunately this has also meant there has been an increase in littering, especially around the Rockford Common sand pit car park. There has also recently been reports and evidence of campfires. This has resulted in broken glass, litter and burnt areas of ground on the common. This is not only very damaging to the heathland habitat and its wildlife, but also puts livestock and visitors as risk.

“This behaviour is particularly worrying as it as threatens nationally rare species of ground nesting bird, such as the nightjar, and emerging reptiles, such as Adders” says community ranger Jacob White.

“…In light of recent events, the National Trust will work hard to increase community engagement at key sites, such as Rockford, to raise awareness about the importance of the New Forest’s nationally rare lowland heathland habitat and wildlife; and to promote the values of the countryside code…”

Bonfire remains on Rockford Common

Many thanks to those local people who took the time to report these incidents and help clean up the damage.

We are looking for volunteers to help do regular checks and some litter picking of Rockford Common, if you fancy joining in please contact Laura Baker on or call 01425-650035. 

 If you see any anti-social or criminal damage please report it to the police on 101.

 Written by Jacob White, Community Ranger, National Trust


Safe disposal of grass, hedge and garden trimmings

Whilst enjoying the spring weather and working in your garden, please remember to ensure all grass, hedge and plant trimmings are disposed of safely and not left on verges where the forest stock can have a nibble at them.  Many seemingly harmless garden plants are poisonous to the forest stock, and ingestion of poisonous plants could result in colic, convulsions, diarrhoea and paralysis.

Did you know that foxgloves, buttercups, privet, laurel and rhododendrons are all poisonous to horses?  Please think before you dispose of trimmings.