A MEMORIAL service was held for former Forestry Commission boss Arthur Cadman beside a New Forest lake that bears his name.

Mr Cadman was deputy surveyor of the New Forest - the commission's top officer in the area - from 1959 until 1968.

The memorial service was held under a tree at Cadman's Pool, a fishing lake next to the former wartime airfield at Stoney Cross, near Fritham.

Mr Cadman, who died in Scotland at the age of 89, is thought to be the only deputy surveyor to have part of the Forest named after him.

While he was in charge of the Forest, there was a four-fold increase in vistors to the area and he was responsible for the reintroduction of several rare species of grasshopper.

Donald Thompson, the current holder of the post, said: "Arthur was a naturalist in charge of an area that needed a naturalist.

"Cadman's Pool dates from the early 1960s. A hole in the ground was enlarged and turned into a proper pool for fish. Now we have pools like this all over the country because of Arthur."

Official Verderer Maldwin Drum-mond said: "Arthur was first and foremost a countryman who saw the Forest from the same standpoint as the conservationists.

"He was very much ahead of his time and has come to be regarded as a visionary."

The Rev Peter Murphy, vicar of St Michael and All Angels Church, Lyndhurst, conducted the 15-minute service on horseback.

Members of the congregation included Richard Manley, chairman of the Commoners' Defence Assoc-iation, verderer Peter Frost, and head agister Brian Ingram.

Graham Wilson, one of the Forestry Commission keepers present, said: "Arthur was a man of substance and credibility.

"He treated everyone the same. It didn't matter whether you were a lord or someone more ordinary."