This is the New Forest in its classic form, the sort of image most people probably have in their mind’s eye when they think of the area. Ponies roaming free amongst purple heather against a background of ancient oak woodland and a deep blue sky above.
But whilst it might represent the “postcard” view of the Forest, I hope it also serves as a reminder of what must be preserved here. The heathland, the ancient woodland and the commoning way of life without which we wouldn’t have the numbers of healthy ponies in the area. Let’s never take that for granted!