At Beaulieu Heath, the New Forest Flying School was taken over by the military. Calshot was one of the coastal stations which helped to defend the Channel. Many pilots learned to fly at Calshot with an excellent war record.
The Forest is some 93,000 acres (145 square miles) in area and is the largest unenclosed area in Southern England. The New Forest consists of a mixture of native deciduous and coniferous woodland, heaths, bogs, streams and estuaries. Ponies, cattle and pigs are allowed to roam freely, but are privately owned. The true origins of the New Forest ponies are a mystery but legends say that they swam ashore from a wrecked Spanish galleon.
The New Forest Marque: All New Forest Marque produce is fresh, truly local and distinctive. From Pannage Pork (from forest roaming pigs feeding on acorns) to local cheese, sea food, wines, beers, and of course the New Forest Breakfast. Rhubarb Cottage supports the New Forest marque which in turn helps small and unique new forest businesses thrive. So treat yourself… tuck in… you are on holiday!