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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.”

Seeking 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