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 HLSS Partners to justify “stream restoration” and is relevant for all HLSS Wetland Restoration projects throughout the New Forest. Please click here for more information on the Pondhead project.