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.