New Forest life TV series

Pigs roam the New Forest every Autumn in the ancient practice of pannage, in which they feed on fallen acorns and nuts

Caption: Pigs roam the New Forest every Autumn in the ancient practice of pannage, in which they feed on fallen acorns and nuts

New Forest, Wildlife | Posted: Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 11:45 am | return to news

New Forest life celebrated in Channel 4 TV series

The challenges of making a living in the New Forest, in each season of the year, are being celebrated in a new television series.

Pigs roam the New Forest every Autumn in the ancient practice of pannage, in which they feed on fallen acorns and nuts

Caption: Pigs roam the New Forest every Autumn in the ancient practice of pannage, in which they feed on fallen acorns and nuts

A year in the New Forest, which began on 28 July on Channel 4, is a four-part insight into the unique nature of the animals and people who inhabit this corner of southern England.

The first episode showed the New Forest in autumn and depicted woodland trees and stunning shades of red and gold as well as pigs roaming freely in search of acorns in the ancient practice of pannage.

The subsequent hour-long episodes follow the cycle of life in the New Forest through the seasons, celebrating its magical landscapes and the people who care passionately about preserving its ancient way of life whilst making a day-to-day living.

Anthony Climpson, CEO of Go New Forest, the community interest company that works to promote the New Forest’s sustainable tourism said, “These programmes will help remind viewers just what a great place the New Forest is to spend a day, short break or longer holiday.

“The beautiful weather this summer is leading many to rediscover the joys of spending time in rural England. Our research shows the New Forest is already attracting many more young people who not only want to reconnect with nature but enjoy a little luxury.

“We hope the TV series will emphasise to viewers that the New Forest is the perfect place for this sort of refreshment and renewal where tranquil, romantic landscapes provide an antidote to the stress of modern life.”

A New Forest break combines the chance to revel in nature as well as the opportunity for comfortable stays in high-quality accommodation.

Activities include walking and cycling to kayaking, yoga, mindfulness and wellbeing. There are also top attractions around the area.

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