I HAVE always lived in the New Forest area, and still remember when the A31 and A35 were not fenced off.

When, life was a lot slower.

I wonder if any reader can remember, when there were not cattle grids on leaving/entering the actual New Forest?

Were there, simply gates, we had to open and shut?

I, have a feeling, I can recall my father having to stop the car, and get out and open/shut gates.

I have lived in my road, longer than anyone else now here.

I do wonder, how many people in my village still live in the home, they were born in.

As a family, we have been around the local area or centuries.

Richard Grant