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Commoners have grazed their livestock in the New Forest since medieval times, but there are now fears that this could soon become a thing of the past. Chris Packham investigates.

For this week's On Your Farm, Chris Packham is in a place very close to his heart, The New Forest.

Commoners have been allowed to graze their livestock in the New Forest since medieval times but now this could be under threat. According to Natural England fewer and fewer young people are becoming commoners. One factor is the high price of land, which is necessary to provide a base for livestock.

Without commoners grazing the land, many argue that a much loved landscape will change. Chris Packham investigates what the obstacles are in becoming a young commoner and the impact having fewer commoners could have on the New Forest.

Presented by Chris Packham.
Produced by Anna Varle.

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22 minutes

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Sun 1 Jul 2012 06:35