The Beaulieu Road Sales yard is used primarily by commoners
(owners of the ponies on the New Forest) to sell their ponies
Since its formation in 2001, NFLS have implemented an ongoing
programme of improvements to the sales yard. This was considered
essential for the survival of the sales as ever increasing
health and safety and welfare regulations were making it
impossible to continue to use the existing facility.
In 2002, the infrastructure of the sales yard was totally
rebuilt providing a clear division between stock and people
which allows easy movement and the selection of stock whilst
still allowing good access and viewing by the public and
the buyers alike. The new design included areas set aside
specifically for the showing of handled stock and a separate
area for trade stands. This work was made possible by funding
from the New Forest LEADER+ 2000-2006 Programme and match
funding was provided by the Forestry Commission, English
Nature, the Verderers of the New Forest, the New Forest
Commoners Defence Association, the New Forest Pony Breeding
and Cattle Society and Hampshire County Council.
In 2011, further improvements were made to the sales yard
including the installation of mains water, the installation
of mains electricity and lighting, the installation of toilet
and hand-washing facilities and the installation of wash-down
facilities for lorries and trailers. These further improvements
were made possible through funding from the New Forest Higher
Level Stewardship Scheme, the New Forest National Park Authority,
the New Forest Trust, the New Forest Pony and Cattle Breeders
Society, and the Commoners Defence Association, as well
as contributions from local properties.
The NFLS are now fundraising to provide a roof over part
of the sales ring – ensuring cover for buyers, sellers
and spectators but leaving the sales ring itself open to
the elements. This is the last planned improvement for the
yard at the present time.
The result of all of these improvements is that the yard
is now one of the most up to date semi-feral sale yards
in the country, has been endorsed by a number of equine
and welfare organisations and is now fit for use by future
generations of commoners.