The real New Forest

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I have just found a web site that gives you the information that you really need. It’s not a load of fluff about topless buses and twerky cars – it’s the lowdown on what the New Forest is all about: plants, animals, history and people. The site is a tad slow but well worth the wait. It’s run by the New Forest Volunteer Rangers – sadly my only encounters with them have been when I have parked inappropriately (in their eyes) and found them rather officious – but I am sure they are only carrying out orders.

The web site is great though, take a look:

The New Forest Volunteer Rangers web site


Heywood Sumner

I never cease to be amazed at the great minds that were at work at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century. How did those folks back then do so much creative and thoughtful work without all the technology that we have today – perhaps all that modern stuff just gets in the way.

Heywood Sumner was one of those great minds, and he lived and worked at Cuckoo Hill, just a couple of hundred yards from the Caravan site at Furzehill. George Heywood Maunoir Sumner was an artist, writer, archaeologist, craftsman, illustrator and skilled observer.  He wrote ‘The Book of Gorley’, a beautiful work about the area and people – you can still get hold of re-prints ( abridged and titled Cuckoo Hill, The Book of Gorley) today. The Book of Gorley is a great starting point for visitors to this area, the locations he wrote about still exist today and it’s fun trying to locate them.

If you get a chance take a look at the ‘Book of Gorley’ before visiting the Furzehill area. You can find out more about Heywood Sumner

Cuckoo Hill: Book of Gorley


Open all the year round

OK, the Caravan Club book says we close for the Winter, well since that was printed we decided to open all the year round.

New Forest Beech trees
New Forest Beech trees

Since making that decision the weather has been so rank that no one would have wanted to visit anyway – but Spring is coming and it’s a wonderful time to visit the New Forest, so why not come and see what’s on offer in our little part of the hidden ‘forest

Even in the Winter there’s lots to see, the Ponies are always around and look rather shaggy and unkempt in their winter coats. The Deer are everywhere, you can’t miss them, just go for a walk on the open Forest. Ogdens seems to have an especially high population of teenage deer, there must be well over 70 of them.

I writing this in early March and it’s great to hear the Buzzards in good voice having been quite quiet for a few months, I guess their thoughts are turning to romance and nest-building.