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Aug 30, 2012 - New Forest

Today we headed west from Southampton into the New Forest. The area has a long history. Over 12,000 years ago the area was covered with woodland of birch, beech and oak. However some areas were cleared for cultivation from the Bronze Age onwards but as a result of the poor soil it became heath land with limited use except for grazing horses. The New Forest was created as a royal forest by William I in about 1079 for the royal hunt, mainly of deer It was created at the expense of more than 20 small hamlets and isolated farmsteads. Fences to...

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