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See: The 1642 Living History Village at Little Woodham, Grange Farm, Rowner Gosport Hant
West Walk at 350 hectares is the largest relic fragment of the former Royal Forest of Bere. It is designated a Forest Nature Reserve and is probably one of the most important woodlands, outside the New Forest, in Hampshire. Much old Oak remains, protected by a management plan for the next 200 years.
Ancient records and warrants establish a close relationship between the forest and the naval dockyards. It is recorded that in 1232, during the reign of Henry III, galleys were repaired with timber from the forest; in 1522 during the reign of Henry Vlll shipwrights were sent to the forest to select timber, and in 1653, 500 trees were felled in three days to repair ships damaged in skirmishes with the Dutch.