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Grazing on the Commons -   

    a proposed, traditional, sustainable management process

For thousands of years, up until the early years of the 20th century, the commons had been grazed by cattle, ponies, sheep, goats or pigs which were owned by the commoners who were exercising their 'rights'.

 

This traditional form of agriculture has conserved this rare lowland heath habitat and this is the most sustainable way of management.  

Consultation is still ongoing but taking into consideration the encouraging positive feedback obtained so far, the Wardens are looking into presenting an application to DEFRA for permission to re-introduce grazing on to Ludshott Common.

Gentle Highland cow, owned by a commoner, conservation grazing on Passfield Common.