News from the New Forest Trust

New Forest charity seeks nominations for Queens Diamond Jubilee Award

New Forest conservation charity, the New Forest Trust is seeking nominations for its Diamond Jubilee Award.

First presented by Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the award is given annually at the New Forest Show at the end of July.

The award is made to someone who has given freely of their own time and made a significant contribution towards maintaining or improving the environment and rural economy of the New Forest. Or to someone who has contributed to the conservation or cultural heritage of the New Forest, or brought about a greater awareness of issues that have a direct bearing on the well-being of the forest.

The winner is chosen by a panel 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.

Chairman of the Trust, William Ziegler said, “The New Forest is indebted to many who go the extra mile to help conserve and improve it. Often their work goes largely unrecognized and this award is for those people. If you know of someone who fits that description, please let us know”

Nominations for the award can be made direct on the Trusts website

Wedding Couples invited to share their love for the New Forest

wedding flyerAs part of its Love the Forest campaign, local conservation charity, the New Forest Trust is asking couples getting married in the New Forest for their support.

Donations to Love the Forest support the protection and improvement of the unique New Forest landscape, flora and fauna and the traditional forest way of life.

William Ziegler, Chairman of the New Forest Trust said: “We know many couples choose to celebrate their love in the New Forest.  We’re asking them to help us secure the forest’s future for their children and grandchildren.”

Couples can support Love the Forest by asking their wedding guests to make donations via the charity’s Virgin Giving pages, instead of – or as well, traditional wedding gifts – and they can also buy Love the Forest branded wedding favours.

More information can be found at

Alan Titchmarsh requests support for our Charity

image004Our Patron, Alan Titchmarsh is asking as many people as possible to sign up as Friends.  He says ‘Please become a friend of the New Forest and do your bit to help secure the future of this unique and valuable landscape.’

Formed in 2003 our charity raises donations via the Love the Forest campaign to support the protection and improvement of the unique New Forest landscape, flora and fauna and the traditional forest way of life.

Friends receive quarterly New Forest Friends e-Newsletters, a car sticker and invites to meet the Trustees at an annual event.

Chairman, William Ziegler says: “Donations from our Friends are so important to help fund our vital work tackling the issues affecting the New Forest.  All our supporters can be confident in knowing they are helping to preserve the beauty, unique natural environment and cultural heritage that has created and maintains the New Forest”.

Anyone who would like to get involved can find out more at

Artist takes conservation of the New Forest to heart!

Sandra with cheque at Lyndhurst Gallery - Oct 15
New Forest artist, Sandra Binney is taking the conservation of the New Forest to her heart and raising funds for our Love the Forest campaign.

Sandra who paints the wildlife and environment around the New Forest has raised £280 so far.

Having lived with her family in the New Forest all her life Sandra says “I’ve always loved the New Forest – the animals, flora & fauna and the very special landscape so I am delighted to be able to give something back in this way”

“I paint in a loose watercolour style and take my inspiration from the unique scenery in the New Forest and the changing seasons”

Sandra’s work regularly features in exhibitions at Lyndhurst Gallery and other local art retailers.

Lyndhurst Gallery Director, Helen Westbrooke says “We specialise in contemporary British art and being based in the New Forest National Park are delighted to showcase the works of Sandra and other local artists”

Julie Mottisfont, Director of Love the Forest said: “We’re thrilled to have Sandra’s support for our charity.”

“Donations from Sandra and all our supporters are so important to help fund our vital work tackling the issues affecting the New Forest, such as the safety of animals and protecting the landscape and the flora and fauna.”

When Sally the Pony met ….. New Forest Folk!

Day 2 - Brockenhurst

Sally the Pony out on her travels on Day 2 of the competition

We are drumming up support for our Love the Forest campaign in advance of this year’s New Forest Show, with a daily “Sally the Pony” competition on Facebook.

For 10 days leading up to the Show, a large soft toy Sally the Pony is being photographed at various locations around the Forest – and each day we are asking the public to guess “Where’s Sally today?” Daily winners receive a limited edition “Sally the Pony” mug.

Andrea Prout from Blackfield Winner from Day 1

Andrea Prout from Blackfield winner on the first day – celebrating at home after receiving her mug!


We’d like to invite everyone to visit us at the New Forest Show on 28, 29 & 30 July -on stand 26 in the local Food & Farming section  to meet Sally the Pony – and take a Selfie with her!

You can find out more about Sally on our Facebook page – lovethenforest

At the show you will also be able to take part in the Love the Forest Prize Draw for a chance to win meals and stays in local Hotels and Restaurants, a short break for a family of four in Cornwall and a day for two at the new Cookery School at Limewood.

The original Sally the Pony book, written by New Forest commoner Jo Ivey highlights the dangers of feeding the New Forest animals – and was supported by the Trust’s Love the Forest grant scheme.

Julie Mottisfont, Director of Love the Forest said: “We would like to thank all our supporters for getting involved.  We are very grateful for every donation, no matter how big or small – and couldn’t do our vital work securing the future of the New Forest without this support.  We know everybody loves the New Forest ponies – but we want everyone to understand that whilst our “Sally” is a toy which can be cuddled, the real ponies are not”

Jo Ivey added “New Forest ponies are semi wild and can be dangerous, so please do not try to pet or feed them: it could be the people who come after you who suffer the consequences of your actions.”