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New Forest: A Year in the Wild Wood (BBC Four Sunday 14 January 2024)



New Forest A Year in the Wild Wood

In the BBC Four documentary, “New Forest: A Year in the Wild Wood,” writer and environmentalist Peter Owen-Jones embarks on a year-long exploration of the captivating landscapes of the New Forest. The series delves into the wildlife, history, and the lives of the Commoners, a group of individuals whose ancient way of life has shaped this land since Neolithic times.

The New Forest is a timeless place where animals roam freely without fences. Owen-Jones expresses his curiosity about how this forest and the commoning way of life have thrived in southern England for centuries. Throughout the year, he immerses himself in the lives of the Commoners, who have retained grazing rights for their animals since medieval times.

From witnessing the birth of foals in spring to observing stallions being released and participating in annual pony herding, Owen-Jones encounters a resilient community that holds a deep love for their land. Despite urban development and millions of visitors each year, these Commoners are determined to preserve their way of life.

Covering an area of 566 square kilometers, the New Forest National Park stretches from Salisbury Plain through ancient forests to wild heathland and acid bog before reaching the open sea. Within this diverse landscape, Owen-Jones discovers hidden wildlife treasures such as dazzling lizards, large dragonflies, carnivorous plants on rolling heathlands, goshawks hunting between trees in ancient woods, and rare fungi thriving beneath them. He also uncovers surprising historical connections as he learns that many trees were planted by humans to build battleships for the British Empire.


Owen-Jones explores how the pastoral way of life among Commoners evolved from Neolithic herders’ practices. He reveals how William the Conqueror’s brutal Forest Laws were used to suppress them but inadvertently helped protect today’s New Forest. However, with rising property costs and increasing rents posing challenges, their way of life faces its greatest threat.

Throughout this incredible year of discovery, Owen-Jones meets extraordinary individuals who have preserved an ancient way of life and maintain a deep connection to and love for the land. “A Year in the Wild Wood” offers viewers a unique insight into the New Forest’s wildlife, history, and the resilience of its people.

Tune in to BBC Four on January 14, 2024, at 8:00 pm to embark on this immersive journey with Peter Owen-Jones as he explores the enchanting landscapes of the New Forest.


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