# Sunday, 21 March 2010

If you are looking for some grazing for your cattle or ponies then you might be interested in becoming a commoner. The conservation group Natural England is currently looking for some young commoners to graze their animals in the New Forest. Traditionally commoners were people who occupied land to which common rights were attached. These rights included being able to graze their animals in the open forest. Today there are only around 800 houses with these rights and only 500 of their owners exercise them. Commoning, however, has an important part to play in maintaining the natural landscape using traditional grazing methods hence the drive to find younger commoners to take on the role.