The New Forest Diamond Jubilee Award
The New Forest Trust makes an annual award in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The award known as The New Forest Diamond Jubilee Award, consists of a perpetual award, a miniature replica, a sterling silver pin, a certificate in addition to a cash prize of £1000 donated by an anonymous benefactor.
Particular consideration for the award is given to:
- a person who, without expectation of recognition or reward, has given freely of their own time and made a significant contribution towards maintaining or improving the environment and rural economy of the forest.
- a person who has made a significant contribution to conservation or cultural heritage or has brought about, through education, a greater awareness of issues that have a direct bearing on the well being of the forest
- a person who has shown resource and energy in advancing conservation, education, innovation or leadership, especially relating to the aims and objectives of the New Forest Trust
The selection panel consists of four individuals, each nominated by the principal voluntary New Forest organisations – the New Forest Association, the New Forest Commoners Defence Association, the New Forest Pony & Cattle Breeding Society and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The panel remains anonymous with members selected by the current Chairmen of their respective organisations. The Chairman of the Panel is to be appointed by the New Forest Trust who only has a vote in the event of no clear majority within the panel.
The closing date for nominations is 31st May each year. Anyone may nominate a candidate as long as they have a seconder.
The prize consists of five parts –
- the perpetual award made of etched crystal glass and set on a base of mixed New Forest woods lined with a silver band. A silver oak leaf is engraved with the winners name and attached to the award which is displayed in the New Forest Centre.
- a miniature of the above to be retained by the recipient
- a sterling silver lapel pin/brooch in the shape of an oak leaf
- a certificate.
- and a cash prize of £1000.
The award is made each year at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show.