Campaign to protect New Forest ponies

New Forest Ponies

New Forest Ponies

First published in New Forest

A NEW campaign aims to cut the number of ponies killed in accidents on two of the most dangerous roads in the New Forest .

One of the tour buses that operate in the area has been decorated with an image of animals at sunset accompanied by the slogan: “Ponies don’t dent, they die.”

The district has seen fewer accidents in recent years but a large number of collisions are continuing to occur on the B3078 and B3079.

Last year 46 animals were killed or injured in the Bramshaw and Godshill area, bucking the trend witnessed in other parts of the Forest.

All the ponies are owned by people known as commoners – villagers with the right to let their animals roam the landscape.

Graham Ferris, chairman of the Commoners’ Defence Association (CDA), said: “The animals are vital to the New Forest since their grazing keeps it the way we’ve all come to appreciate.

“The animals have the right of way and don’t understand that cars are dangerous.”

Nigel Matthews, community and visitor services manager at the National Park Authority (NPA), added: “This year has got off to a good start.

“The number of animal accidents across the open forest by the end of June was only 40, compared to 64 in the same period last year.

“However, we want to remind drivers in the north to be careful. Animals are on the road day and night.”

The new image, captured by photographer Mike Read, is emblazoned across one of the double-deckers that operate the New Forest Tour. It reflects the fact that many of the accidents occur at sunset.

Bournemouth schoolboy Oliver Smith, 14, who devised the accompanying slogan, attended the unveiling of the new-look bus.

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12:31pm Fri 3 Aug 12

hulla baloo says...

Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.
Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses. hulla baloo
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12:50pm Fri 3 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.
What - like yours - boring
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.[/p][/quote]What - like yours - boring andysaints007
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12:50pm Fri 3 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

hulla baloo wrote:
Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.
What - like yours - boring
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.[/p][/quote]What - like yours - boring andysaints007
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12:59pm Fri 3 Aug 12

acid drop says...

I travel across the new forest a lot and i am amazed at the number of motorists that dont bother to slow down especially when ponies are grazing right near the road, they blithly carry on sometimes in excess of the posted speed limit , these are the kind of people who would be up in arms if they were to be hit by a pony
I travel across the new forest a lot and i am amazed at the number of motorists that dont bother to slow down especially when ponies are grazing right near the road, they blithly carry on sometimes in excess of the posted speed limit , these are the kind of people who would be up in arms if they were to be hit by a pony acid drop
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1:08pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Tottonion says...

It is a proven fact that most drivers that speed in the New Forest are the locals that demanded the low speed limits in the first place. Why not have more policing of these roads or better still fence them and build underpasses.
It is a proven fact that most drivers that speed in the New Forest are the locals that demanded the low speed limits in the first place. Why not have more policing of these roads or better still fence them and build underpasses. Tottonion
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1:08pm Fri 3 Aug 12

hulla baloo says...

andysaints007 wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.
What - like yours - boring
And seeing the same comment twice is also boring. ;)
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.[/p][/quote]What - like yours - boring[/p][/quote]And seeing the same comment twice is also boring. ;) hulla baloo
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1:18pm Fri 3 Aug 12

bigfella777 says...

Maybe its cyclists who are hitting them?
Maybe its cyclists who are hitting them? bigfella777
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1:25pm Fri 3 Aug 12

andysaints007 says...

hulla baloo wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.
What - like yours - boring
And seeing the same comment twice is also boring. ;)
Mine was a mistake though - what's your excuse for being less exciting than watching paint dry ;-)
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.[/p][/quote]What - like yours - boring[/p][/quote]And seeing the same comment twice is also boring. ;)[/p][/quote]Mine was a mistake though - what's your excuse for being less exciting than watching paint dry ;-) andysaints007
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2:18pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Torchie1 says...

The Tour Bus carrying the message is the same one that dribbles along at twenty to twenty five MPH with a long queue of frustrated motorists behind waiting to get past.
The Tour Bus carrying the message is the same one that dribbles along at twenty to twenty five MPH with a long queue of frustrated motorists behind waiting to get past. Torchie1
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3:37pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Higginz says...

Torchie1 wrote:
The Tour Bus carrying the message is the same one that dribbles along at twenty to twenty five MPH with a long queue of frustrated motorists behind waiting to get past.
I'd use the minor convenience wisely. Hang back a bit, soak in the natural beauty of the area, play a bit of Floyd.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: The Tour Bus carrying the message is the same one that dribbles along at twenty to twenty five MPH with a long queue of frustrated motorists behind waiting to get past.[/p][/quote]I'd use the minor convenience wisely. Hang back a bit, soak in the natural beauty of the area, play a bit of Floyd. Higginz
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3:55pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Georgem says...

andysaints007 wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
hulla baloo wrote:
Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.
What - like yours - boring
And seeing the same comment twice is also boring. ;)
Mine was a mistake though - what's your excuse for being less exciting than watching paint dry ;-)
He has very exciting paint?
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: Regurgitated story, yet again. And now waits for the same regurgitated responses.[/p][/quote]What - like yours - boring[/p][/quote]And seeing the same comment twice is also boring. ;)[/p][/quote]Mine was a mistake though - what's your excuse for being less exciting than watching paint dry ;-)[/p][/quote]He has very exciting paint? Georgem
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4:17pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Torchie1 says...

Higginz wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
The Tour Bus carrying the message is the same one that dribbles along at twenty to twenty five MPH with a long queue of frustrated motorists behind waiting to get past.
I'd use the minor convenience wisely. Hang back a bit, soak in the natural beauty of the area, play a bit of Floyd.
It's a lot more fun to use the bus as a mobile chicane with a Deep Purple track blasting out.
[quote][p][bold]Higginz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: The Tour Bus carrying the message is the same one that dribbles along at twenty to twenty five MPH with a long queue of frustrated motorists behind waiting to get past.[/p][/quote]I'd use the minor convenience wisely. Hang back a bit, soak in the natural beauty of the area, play a bit of Floyd.[/p][/quote]It's a lot more fun to use the bus as a mobile chicane with a Deep Purple track blasting out. Torchie1
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6:09pm Fri 3 Aug 12

freefinker says...

Tottonion wrote:
It is a proven fact that most drivers that speed in the New Forest are the locals that demanded the low speed limits in the first place. Why not have more policing of these roads or better still fence them and build underpasses.
.. ah, a 'proven fact'
Do you know of any unproven facts?
[quote][p][bold]Tottonion[/bold] wrote: It is a proven fact that most drivers that speed in the New Forest are the locals that demanded the low speed limits in the first place. Why not have more policing of these roads or better still fence them and build underpasses.[/p][/quote].. ah, a 'proven fact' Do you know of any unproven facts? freefinker
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6:11pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Torchie1 says...

freefinker wrote:
Tottonion wrote:
It is a proven fact that most drivers that speed in the New Forest are the locals that demanded the low speed limits in the first place. Why not have more policing of these roads or better still fence them and build underpasses.
.. ah, a 'proven fact'
Do you know of any unproven facts?
Have you heard of Southy?
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tottonion[/bold] wrote: It is a proven fact that most drivers that speed in the New Forest are the locals that demanded the low speed limits in the first place. Why not have more policing of these roads or better still fence them and build underpasses.[/p][/quote].. ah, a 'proven fact' Do you know of any unproven facts?[/p][/quote]Have you heard of Southy? Torchie1
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9:41pm Fri 3 Aug 12

windyboy says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Higginz wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
The Tour Bus carrying the message is the same one that dribbles along at twenty to twenty five MPH with a long queue of frustrated motorists behind waiting to get past.
I'd use the minor convenience wisely. Hang back a bit, soak in the natural beauty of the area, play a bit of Floyd.
It's a lot more fun to use the bus as a mobile chicane with a Deep Purple track blasting out.
"Speedking" would seem fitting
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Higginz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: The Tour Bus carrying the message is the same one that dribbles along at twenty to twenty five MPH with a long queue of frustrated motorists behind waiting to get past.[/p][/quote]I'd use the minor convenience wisely. Hang back a bit, soak in the natural beauty of the area, play a bit of Floyd.[/p][/quote]It's a lot more fun to use the bus as a mobile chicane with a Deep Purple track blasting out.[/p][/quote]"Speedking" would seem fitting windyboy
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