New Forest Dog On The Forest Off The Lead

Committee: Who are we?

We introduce the Principal Committee Members who are working on your behalf.


Heather's dogs

Heather Gould: Chair

Heather says she is not a native of the New forest, but has lived here for over 30 years. Her family have always loved their dogs, currently numbering three and ranging from a small 'Heinz' variety to a St. Bernard.

Why have you become involved with the group?
"Although I understand that we live in an evolving but much pressurised environment, I believe passionately that managing the pressures in the New Forest need not involve draconian measures.

I hope that I shall be able to walk my dogs on the Forest, off the lead (under control) for many years to come and so I am doing my bit to support the only organisation that works for this aim."


 Janine's dogs


Janine Redman: Veterinary Advisor

Janine was born in Blendworth, Hampshire, and moved to the New Forest in 1989 to take up her first job as a veterinary surgeon. Her versatile Border Collie Dee, enjoys agility, flyball and heelwork to music! New arrival Quiz hopes to follow in her footsteps. Janine stays very fit!! Although Janine moved away in 1991, she returned to the Forest in 1993 because she missed the unique life style and the open space available for dog walking.

Why have you become involved with the Group?
"So many of my clients complained to me about the restrictions on dog walking that I felt it was in the interest of the welfare of my patients to give the Group my support."




Kate's dogs

Kate Hurcombe: Phone, website and email controller

Born in Sway, Kate has been able to enjoy the New Forest all her life. She is also actively involved in a wide range of dog-related activities, including teaching fun obedience training and assisting a local dog rescue group with home-checks and fundraising. Her canine family include Lucky, Lola, Callie and Lily, all of whom are rescue dogs.

Why have you become involved with the Group?
"Having lived the New Forest all my life, I believe that future generations should also be able to enjoy the Forest as I have done. My happiest childhood memories include playing in Boundway stream with our Labrador, and I would like my grand children and their families to have the same fun and share the same memories."


Gemma Cox: Research

Gemma was born and raised in the forest, surrounded by dogs. She currently has working gundogs, Rizla the Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla and BB the Working Cocker and Dalmatian Ody. They also enjoy clicker training, fun agility and heelwork to music.

Why have you become involved in the group?
"Having spent my life walking mine and my parents dogs in the forest, I felt that I'd like to contribute to the group and help promote responsible dog walking in the area."


David Bennett: Press Officer

David was brought up in New Milton, and for the last 25 years has lived in Brockenhurst.  The family have kept Border Collies - a hangover from his Grandmother who lived in Ashley and used to win awards (including Crufts) for her Collies.  The current dog, Duke, is a resuce from the Dogs Trust.  David has worked for many years as a journalist in the BBC (reporter, producer, editor, including at BBC Radio Solent), then managing PR for Dorset and Southampton Councils, before running his own media training and consultancy company around the world, from which he retired two years ago.  He first Joined NFDOG in 2005, and also volunteers for other groups - such as the Royal British Legion and the Friends of Brokenhurst Station.


Jackie Crouch: Treasurer

Jackie relocated to the New Forest in 2020.  Having grown up with dogs as a child Jackie had always wanted dogs of her own but holding down a full time job made this impossible. In 2017 Jackie set up her own Accountancy practice from home so that she could have dogs!  Now based in Milford on Sea she currently has two Labradors who love swimming in the sea every day and she is keen to help encourage responsible dog ownership amongst visitors and locals alike.



Tracey Wright: Secretary to the Committee

Tracey relocated to the New Forest in 2015.  Having been raised on a farm she has lived with dogs, horses, cows and many other types of animals!  Now based in Burley she currently has a German Shepherd and is particularly keen to promote animal welfare and responsible dog ownership amongst visitors and locals alike.


Sue: Membership Secretary

I have lived in the New Forest for many years, and have owned several retrievers in the past as well as looking after family spaniels and other labradors.  I like to take a 'common sense' approach to caring for and training dogs.  I'm interested in helping others to be responsible dog owners and am pleased to help with the administration side of the Group.  I love to see a well-behaved dog enjoying a walk off the lead, especially those who like getting in water!  I don't currently own a dog.


Rachel Cooper

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Liz Kemsley

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