Ecology

The New Forest, thanks to nearly a thousand years of protected status, is one of the richest ecological sites in Europe. The preservation of that environment has become a political issue from late Victorian times to the present, and the subject is covered in detail in two chapters of THE FOREST: 'Pride of the Forest' and 'The Forest'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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