A woman has won her long fight to pick mushrooms in the New Forest.
Brigitte Tee-Hillman has been picking mushrooms for 30 years
Brigitte Tee-Hillman, 64, from Lymington in Hampshire, had been picking the wild mushrooms in the national park for nearly 30 years.
In 2002, she was told to stop by the Forestry Commission who said it was illegal because she sold the fungi on.
The mushroom expert has now been granted a licence to pick mushrooms in the forest in whatever quantity she chooses for the rest of her life.
Mrs Tee-Hillman said: "I'm delighted I can now pick mushrooms again without fear. I think the commission went over the top - justice has been done."
Her solicitor Clive Sutton said the law of common rights in relation to the issue went back to the 15th century.
Mrs Tee-Hillman was told it was illegal to pick and sell mushrooms
The saga started in November 2002 when Mrs Tee-Hillman was arrested by police and £27 worth of brown chanterelles were confiscated.
The criminal charges were thrown out in May this year and a judge at Southampton Crown Court ordered the Forestry Commission to pay all costs, estimated to be in six figures.
Mike Seddon, deputy surveyor for the commission, said the licence was personal to Mrs Tee-Hillman and for the duration of her lifetime only.
He said: "We will continue to apply the England code of mushroom picking which enables individuals to collect up to 3.3lb (1.5kg) of fungi for personal consumption, but which does not support unregulated commercial picking."