News from the New Forest Trust

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.”

“Nova Foresta” beer helps secure the future of the New Forest

Vibrant Forest Brewery (small) - March 2015

A beer which takes its name from the name William the Conqueror gave to the New Forest when he established it as a royal hunting ground in 1079 is helping secure the future of the New Forest – with a donation for every pint sold being made to the Trust’s Love the Forest campaign.

Brewed by Vibrant Forest Brewery on the outskirts of Lymington, “Nova Foresta” is a spicy, fruity amber bitter brewed with English hops.

Kevin Robinson, Proprietor and Brewer of Vibrant Forest said “We are a small microbrewery and our passion is to develop, experiment and brew richly flavoured beer full of real character”

“Nova Foresta is just one of our extensive range of flavour packed beers.  We also offer Belgian style beers, India pale ales and experimental brews including the 2015 Winchester Beer & Cider Festival award winning Oat & Coffee Stout which is made in collaboration with Southampton based Mozzo coffee roasting company.”

“We are passionate about beer – and passionate about the New Forest too, so it seemed natural for us to get behind the Love the Forest campaign and do everything we could to support the work of the New Forest Trust.”

Julie Mottisfont, Director of Love the Forest said: “We are very grateful for the support we receive from businesses like Vibrant Forest”

“Donations help us to make a real difference in securing the future of the New Forest for everyone who loves it.  It is vital we tackle issues such as the safety of animals and protecting the landscape and the flora and fauna.”

Nominations open for our Diamond Jubilee Award


Do you know somebody who goes that extra mile to help conserve and improve the New Forest?

First presented by Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, our Diamond Jubilee 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.

Trust Chairman, 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.  So, we are asking the public to come forward and nominate anybody they know who fits that description”

Nominations for the award can be made on the following page

Forest Family raise glasses for New Forest conservation

NF Cider - 3 Mar 15 (7) - small

Burley based family business New Forest Cider has created a new cider to celebrate their support for our Love the Forest campaign – and is donating a proportion of the selling price from each bottle sold to the campaign.

The new Oak Soaked Cider, is a dry lightly sparkling cider which is soaked in oak chips during the production to give it a distinctive mellow smoky flavour.

For each bottle sold, 20p will be donated to the Love the Forest campaign, which raises funds for New Forest conservation.

Mary Topp from New Forest Cider said: “We are proud to be supporting Love the Forest and the incredible work they are doing – and we know our customers are very aware of the importance of securing the future of this special place”

“Our cider is sold in 5 local branches of Waitrose, at London’s Borough Market as well as at our own shop in Burley, which is open 7 days a week throughout the year and on our website – and we even serve a special Cider Rarebit in our Cider Pantry Tearooms!”

Mary’s father, Barry Topp who established the business in 1988 said: “When we think of the New Forest, we think of Oak and we think of Cider – so it felt entirely natural we should call the new Cider “Oak Soaked”

“As a fourth generation New Forest commoner with stock on the Forest, I encourage everybody to get involved in supporting the work of the New Forest Trust.”

Julie Mottisfont, Director of Love the Forest said: “We couldn’t do our vital work without the support of businesses like New Forest Cider.”

“We are very grateful for the donations that we receive from them and their customers. It is so important that we tackle issues affecting the New Forest, such as the safety of animals and protecting the landscape and the flora and fauna.”

Remembering those who loved the New Forest

As part of our Love the Forest campaign, we’ve launched an online Book of Remembrance.

To enter your loved one in the book: email their name, a maximum of 100 words on what they loved most about the New Forest and who they are remembered by to .  Once we’ve entered their name we’ll send you a link to share with family, friends and colleagues.

Alison Plummer, whose father Jack Gammage is the first entry in the book said “Dad enjoyed many long walks, taking in the wonderful sights of the Forest, he cherished the peace, tranquility and beauty of this very special place.  Whilst we lost him too soon, all our family and friends draw huge comfort from being able to remember him and his love for the New Forest in the Trust’s Book of Remembrance”

Julie Mottisfont, Director of Love the Forest, said “We know many people have special memories of their loved ones love for the Forest, so we are very pleased to have been able to launch this book to provide a central online place where families and friends can share their memories”