Barton Common Grassland Restoration Plans... - Joanna Hayward November 5, 2015

Barton Common Grassland Restoration Plans Explained

Postcard of Barton Golf Course dated 1958.


New Milton Town Council is inviting the public along to Barton Common on Sat 14 November to explain our plans for restoring up to one hectare of grassland.

Old grassland is one of our richest wildlife habitats supporting plants like the heath spotted orchid and heath milkwort and yet most has now gone from the landscapes of lowland England.

Historic maps show that up until around 1960 the Common was open rough grassland and scrub, but since then new secondary woodland and further scrub has spread across around half of the site.

The aim will be to restore the Common to around two thirds grassland, keeping one third woodland, by 2023. Up to one hectare of grassland will begin restoration this winter by removing scrub and young woodland using machines and leaving the ground level for future bracken cutting and grazing as well as walking.

On Saturday representatives from New Milton Town Council and the New Forest Land Advice Service as well as the Milton Heritage Society will be on the Common to talk about the history of the Common, its wildlife and future management. We hope as many people as possible will be able to attend.

The management of Barton Common is supported by a Higher Level Stewardship Agreement with Natural England.


Barton Common 14th Nov15 A4 poster

It’s getting better all the time! - Neil Tungate February 3, 2013

It’s getting better all the time!

As usual it has been very quiet since Christmas – I think everybody has been hibernating during the awful weather we’ve had. But now, as we enter February, we start to see the days lengthen and hopefully the weather will start to improve. I’ve treated myself to a new cycle in order to try and increase my exercise regime, so please try not to run me down if you see me around the Forest!

With no Mayoral engagements since Christmas, it was with great delight that I accepted an invitation to exhibit some of my photographs at the Cultura Press micro-gallery in Whitefield Road. These are a little special because I took them using my own hand-made pinhole camera. Please do pop in to take a look – the exhibition only lasts for one week from Monday 4th until Saturday 9th February. Half the proceeds from any sales will go directly to my Mayor’s Charity Fund.

One of my pinhole photos

Don’t forget the Mayor’s Charity Ball to be held at Hoburne Bashley on Saturday 2nd March.  It’s shaping up to be very different from normal with some excellent entertainment in addition to a fabulous four course dinner. Local band, Fabulous Fourply 60’s Show, will provide music for dancing until midnight. Contact Elaine Reed at the council offices for tickets and further information.

Telephone 01425-619120 or email