Press release

Official Verderer of the New Forest

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Queen has been pleased to appoint Mr Dominic May to the post of Official Verderer of the New Forest for a term of three years.

Biographical Details

Mr Dominic May worked in IT and banking between 1983 and 1990.  A life-long resident of the New Forest and active Commoner.  Currently Joint Managing Director Berthon Boat Company Ltd in Lymington.  Elected Lymington Harbour Commissioner from 1993-2002 and has been involved in local charitable work.

Notes for Editors

The post of Official Verderer is a statutory appointment made by Her Majesty.  The Verderers of the New Forest derive their offices, powers and responsibilities from the various New Forest Acts. They consist of the Official Verderer who is Chairman, five elected Verderers who represent the commoners and four appointed Verderers (one each appointed by the Forestry Commission, DEFRA, Natural England and the National Park)  They are mainly concerned with the welfare of the commoners’ animals and the regulation of the grazing in the open part of the Forest.  The Verderers also have certain magisterial functions as a court in connection with offences against the Verderers’ byelaws.