Ian Thew 

Born in Southampton, I and my siblings were brought, throughout our childhood, into the New Forest to walk and enjoy the open space. Although, initially, I spent my adult life living and working away from the Forest I was always keen on the countryside and country sports, especially fishing and shooting and qualified as a fly fishing coach and a CPSA shooting instructor when I retired. 

I returned whenever I could to the New Forest until, eventually, I settled down in Burley with my late wife, Diane. In 1994 we moved to the remote Burley Rails Cottage which, originally built as a woodman's cottage and sold by the Forestry Commission in the 1960's, is a unique place in which to live. My knowledge of the forest is genuine and I am known for considerate and well researched articles which are published in national and international magazines.

After an extended holiday to America in 2004, where I visited amazing places like the Grand canyon, Bryce canyon and Monument Valley, I was returning home along my access track when I realised just how special and unique, in the great scheme of things, is the New Forest and I decided that the time had come to put pen to paper to share with others some of the experiences I enjoyed, on a daily basis. My first article was accepted by the editor of the village magazine and I was immediately encouraged to share more of my observations. And so began the series of short articles entitled, originally, 'From the Enclosure'

Ian Thew

Ian Thew

These articles are now available to a wider audience.  Published as a series of small books.  They can be purchased as physical copies from me by emailing ian@burleyrails.co.uk at a reduced price of £20.00 for five books, or individually £5.99. Including postage and packaging. Alternatively you can purchase them through Amazon as both physical copies and on Kindle.