It was reported at the last Parish Council meeting that there had been three separate incidents involving dangerous cows and locals and visitors walking in the area, which were reported to the Verderers. The Parish is supporting the New Forest commoners and local organisations who have launched a ‘keep your distance’ campaign to make visitors and residents aware they should not approach the National Park’s free-roaming animals this Summer. The advice they are promoting is that the animals may look friendly but can bite or kick, especially when they have young with them. Take particular care around ponies with foals and cattle especially if you have a dog with you. Petting animals on the road and from cars encourages these animals to pester people and hang around on roads putting them at risk of road accidents.
encourage you to report any incidents to the Verderers on – 023 8028
2052 or the staff on the Forestry Commission’s 24 hour/365 days
number – 0300 067 4600 – who have access to the Agisters’ roster
and can contact the duty Agister.
enquiries, correspondence and feedback to: Melissa Edmunds, Parish
Clerk, 5 Beechcroft Lane, Ringwood BH24 1QN. Tel: 07840-987505 Email:
Following the recent concerns about Forest stock reacting unpredictably to walkers in and around our Parish we share this from the Local National Trust:
It has been brought to our attention that there have been some recent incidents with stock and people and stock and dogs on our land and the wider EHI parish. We are saddened to hear about these incidents and believe that the Agisters and Verderers have this in hand. We are looking to be proactive in terms of visitor engagement by sharing the NPA’s ‘keep your distance’ seen here: https://www.advertiserandtimes.co.uk/keep-your-distance-campaign message in our Spring newsletter (attached).
are also stepping up our local signage in the area with our ‘get it
right’ livestock signs being placed on our entry points to the commons.
We have also been placing additional NT keep your distance finger post /
omega signs on Ibsley, Rockford and on our wider portfolio. We have
recently run events in the car park at Rockford talking to local
visitors and residents about responsible dog ownership on our land. We
will look into whether running more of these dates may be appropriate.
You may receive a letter from ‘Nextdoor’ quoting the name of a local resident and inviting you to sign up for their online local community. Although appearing familiar the name used as recommendation may not have any connection with a local resident you know.
In Hyde, a neighbour has reported one or two men behaving suspiciously on his property in Pentons Hill on 19 July. He was in his house when he heard voices close by. On looking out of the window he saw a man described as of middle European appearance wearing a dark jacket (in these hot temperatures) and a baseball cap. When he was spotted he pointed to the front door of the house. When the householder went to the front door, the man had disappeared rapidly and was nowhere to be seen.
Please be aware of people behaving suspiciously, particularly in this hot weather when you may have doors and windows open.