This section is a good example of recycling. I worked for the New Forest National Park Authority as Director of Information and Visitor Services for five years. I wrote a regular column on the New Forest for a local newspaper. Most of these articles are recycled and updated from that time. Another was written for a Southampton tourism brochure. The last three pieces focus on photographic technique.

An accident waiting to happen

Pony safety in the New Forest Read article

Weather watch

Wind, rain or shine in the New Forest? Read article

That's life in the country

TV's Countrywise visits the New Forest Read article

Best walks get no ticks

How to avoid a summer hazard Read article

Model New Forest on show

Or looking for the New Forest's top model Read article

Shopping to save the Forest

Conservation gets some retail therapy Read article

Keeping this place special

Enjoy the New Forest and look after it too Read article

Coast is clearly interesting

New Forest-on-sea: undiscovered country Read article

Christmas past and present

Get festive in the New Forest Read article

Wild about the Forest

It's not just ponies, you know Read article

Finding fame in the Forest

Well-known names with local links Read article

Ponies with more than one trick

Celebrating the New Forest's most famous residents Read article

World of wildlife

New Forest animal magic Read article

Look, no tripod!

Take pictures hand-held Read article

Travelling light

Combine serious photography with a family holiday Read article
A word about the Forest

The New Forest is a peculiar place.

It can feel like medieval England and yet it is surrounded by cities, airports and motorways.

It can feel natural and yet it is deeply influenced by man and animal.

It is a wildlife haven and yet it is densely-populated too.

The New Forest is complicated and contradictory with a deep-seated historic culture and a myriad of strange customs and funny ways.

I hope that the articles in this section give an insight into the aspects that make the New Forest intriguing and distinctive.

For more try my books:

The New Forest Book of Lists
New Forest: behind the scenes
Photoguide to New Forest Ponies
Photoguide to New Forest Fungi or as an ebook
Photoguide to Lymington

For fiction set in the New Forest try:

The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd
The Magic Cottage by James Herbert
Requiem for a Wren by Neville Shute
The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat