The County of Hampshire in the south of England boasts the largest intact original forest in England in the beautiful New Forest which covers 145 square miles. Over 100 square miles of the area encompassed by the New Forest is actually woodland and the remainder is taken up by farms and villages. Although not declared a national park until recent years, Hampshires New Forest has nevertheless remained virtually unchanged since 1079 when William the Conqueror named it. The New Forest is famous for its wild ponies and a distinguishing feature is that Hampshire has a large free roaming herd of Red Deer, protected by the government and hunting is prohibited. The Farnborough Airshow is a popular international event, held biennially.