Harry Oram lives on his smallholding in the middle of the Forest. He has over 40 years experience as a Forester working for the Forestry Commission in several forests around Britain including the forests of Dean, Delamere, Snowdonia, Thetford and Bere.
For the last 20 years of his career he was Chief Forester at the New Forest where his responsibilities included planning and managing the seasonal work programmes both within the Forest timber Inclosures and over the Open Forest. These duties brought Harry into regular contact with staff from the Verderers, English Nature, The New Forest National Park and other Agencies with responsibilities on the Forest. The representatives of the Commoners also have an important role in the Forest and Harry worked closely with them on many aspects especially heathland management and the safety measures taken to provide safety for the Commoners’ stock, the ponies, donkeys and cattle which range freely and graze the Forest.
Harry was often called upon to provide talks and tours for visiting parties from Universities, Colleges and land managers from overseas who were keen to understand the practices of managing such an important and diverse site. On retirement these talks provided the inspiration for Harry to set up the New Forest Minibus Tours service to enable him to share his knowledge and experiences of this unique area.
Harry is a qualified in first aid and clients with a medical condition may inform him of their condition in confidence.