Presentment to the Verderers’ Court


After a close look at the entire course of Latchmore Brook from its source in Claypits Bottom to the Latchmore valley, Margaret Bunyard made a Presentment to the Verderers’ Court on 15 June 2016.  She spoke of her concerns about the Forestry Commission’s proposals for “restoration” of the Latchmore catchment based on unreliable mapping, and of more general concerns about “restoration” Forest-wide.

Illustrated reports on recent “restoration” work elsewhere in the Forest (Broomy Inclosure, Harvestslade, North Slufters and Ditchend) can be found here and in the post dated 24 June 2015.

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Updated Bird List

An updated list of recorded sightings at Latchmore between 2011 and 2016 is here.  The list includes several species which are highly endangered, or declining and in danger of extinction.

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Significant research relating to “restoration” projects

A letter to the New Forest National Park Authority from a resident near Lyndhurst is here.  It reveals that statements by the Forestry Commission supporting their application for Planning Permission for “restoration” of the stream at Pondhead are incorrect.  An 18th-century map of the Pondhead area shows that the present course of the stream is ancient and not, as claimed by the Forestry Commission, the consequence of Victorian straightening.  This research demonstrates the inadequacy of the data being used by the HLS Partners to justify “stream restoration” and is relevant for all HLS Wetland Restoration projects throughout the New Forest.  Please click here for more information on the Pondhead project.

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Works at Harvestslade Bottom

Burley Parish Council’s concerns about the outcome and costs of a recent stream “restoration” at Harvestslade Bottom have prompted them to send an email and a  Freedom of Information request to the Forestry Commission.

Information about the works, which were carried out during the summer of 2015, is here and here and a photographic record of the work in progress was posted on 14 November (below).

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Tree-felling in Latchmore catchment

We were shocked to see that the Forestry Commission are felling trees in Studley Castle both sides of an upper tributary of Latchmore Brook in an area which is the subject of the pending Environmental Statement for Latchmore.  Our letter to Bruce Rothnie, Deputy Surveyor, is here and a plan and some photographs are here.

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