News from the New Forest Trust

The New Forest Trust Diamond Jubilee award 2017

This award, first presented in 2012 by Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, is given to individuals who, “without expectation of recognition or reward, have given freely of their own time and made a significant contribution towards maintaining and improving the environment and rural economy of the New Forest though conservation, education innovation or leadership.”

This year’s winner, Mr Billy Howells has been a commoner all his life and is a talented woodsman having worked for the Forestry Commission for over 30 years. His passion and knowledge of the Forest, its rural crafts and ways is immense and his willingness to share this knowledge for the benefit of the Forest and the wider forest community make him a worthy recipient of this award.

He was described by those proposing him for the award as “an extremely modest person; One of the most genuine, helpful and kindest men you would have the pleasure of knowing always willing to lend a helping hand if needed. He is an inspiration to all commoners new or old and is a true gentleman”

William Ziegler, Chairman of the Trust said “Billy’s contribution to the New Forest and commoning over the years has been enormous, and it is a pleasure to see this award go to someone who so richly deserves it.”

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 www.newforesttrust.org.uk/new-forest-award

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 www.newforesttrust.org.uk/weddings

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 http://www.newforesttrust.org.uk/friend

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.”