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?
RHUBARB - During the three centuries before the nineteenth, China had become so cut off from Europe that senior mandarins were quite unsure where Britain was. They’d even been told that the western barbarians needed to import herbal rhubarb from China (a medicine), and that they would die if they couldn’t get it.

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