by Jem Croucher


There is darkness in amongst the trees
Here in Hampshire’s land
A thousand years of history
From William’s era stand
Trenches and Inclosures
Slades and moors and hill
The wild land of New Forest
remaining heathland still

Here where ponies wander free
and monarchy has trod
Where nature has a precedence
and man no claim to sod
Few roads dissect its wilderness
Few holdings spoil its view
And though here for a millennium
We still call it ‘New’

The New Forest in Hampshire, UK was first laid as a hunting ground for William the Conqueror almost a thousand years ago. It was made a national park in 2005. Cattle grids around its perimeters stop the still wild ponies from wandering outside of its borders. 

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