Working to preserve, sustain and enhance the unique beauty and conservation value of the New Forest  for future generations

Our Patrons

Dame Mary Fagan – Patron

Dame Florence Mary Fagan DCVO JP was the Chancellor of the University of Winchester, and until her retirement on 11 September 2014, was the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire.

Born at Gonalston Hall, Nottinghamshire on 11 September 1939, Dame Mary Fagan is married to Captain Christopher Fagan and they have lived for over 40 years in Hampshire.

Dame Mary Fagan is an Honorary Commodore in the Royal Naval Reserve, Honorary Colonel 457 Battery RA, , Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Magistrates and Honorary Colonel Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Volunteers) 4th Division.

The Lord-Lieutenant was made a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by The Queen in the Birthday Honours list announced on 13th June 2009.

Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH

Alan Titchmarsh was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor, leaving school at fifteen to become an apprentice gardener before training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  He has written four volumes of memoirs, eight novels, more than seventy gardening books (his latest, My Secret Garden, is about his own garden in Hampshire,) and contributes regularly to BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, Country Life, The Daily Express, Sunday Express and The Sunday Telegraph.

Alan presents the BBC’s coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show, his own daytime ITV television show, his Saturday morning radio show on Classic FM and there is a third series of Love Your Garden in the pipeline.  He is a regular compere with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and last year he presented Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother on television to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, with an accompanying book.

Michael Campbell MBE DL

Michael Campbell is Chairman of the Ellis Campbell Foundation and Chairman of the Ellis Campbell Group, which under his tenure since 1975 achieved the aim of doubling the NAV every 10 years, predominantly through residential and commercial real estate investment and development.

He was Chairman (from 1993 to 2002) and is now a Patron of the Treloar Trust, is a Trustee of the Hampshire Gardens Trust and until 2010 was a Trustee of the Hampshire Bobby Trust, the Edward Barnsley Educational Trust and Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 1994, awarded the M.B.E. in 2008, was High Sheriff for Hampshire in 2008/09, was Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron (2009-13) and was elected as a Younger Brother of Trinity House in 2009.

Lady Ailsa Montagu

Ailsa Montagu lives in the New Forest with her husband, the Hon. Ralph Montagu, in Beaulieu, home to the National Motor Museum.

After graduating from Oxford University she worked as a linguist and translator in Brussels and London. A keen archivist and historian, she is also  Patron of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Malmesbury DL

Lord Malmesbury is a farmer and landowner in Hampshire and Dorset and has extensive interests in rural matters, which have included chairmanships of Sparsholt College, Committee for Rural Hampshire, Fleet and District Beekeepers Association and Greywell Parish Council, where he lives. He was President of the New Forest Show in 2004 and is a member of its Policy and Management Committee.