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The Tradition of Pannage

3rd Oct 2017

Just when you thought the New Forest wildlife couldn't get any more idyllic we introduce you to the tradition of Pannage. Occuring every Autumn, Pannage is a much adored tradition in the area and here we will explain all about the heroic pigs of the forest.

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Dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, Pannage sees 600 domestic pigs released into the forest to forage the land for acorns, beechmast, chestnuts and other nuts which have fallen from trees, as these are poisonous to the New Forest ponies.

These greedy heroes can be found roaming around villages, road sides and the heathland during the months of September, October and November. 

Don't miss your chance to see Pannage this autumn! Book your last minute escape and stay at our Hotel in the New Forest this season.

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