The New Forest Trust is to make an annual award in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The award will be known as The New Forest Diamond Jubilee Award. This will consist of a perpetual award, a miniature replica, a sterling silver pin, a certificate and a cash prize of £1000.
Particular consideration for this award will be 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 will consist 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 will remain anonymous and selected by the current Chairmen of their respective organisations. The Chairman of the Panel is to be appointed by the New Forest Trust who will only have a vote in the event of no clear majority within the panel.
The closing date for nominations is to be 31st May each year. Anyone may nominate a candidate as long as they have a seconder.
The prize will consist 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 will be engraved with the winners name and attached to the award which will be 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 will be made each year at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show.
The annual cash prize of £1000 will not come from The New Forest Trust’s own funds but has been provided by an anonymous benefactor