Former National Park figure-head receives honorary degree from Southampton Solent University

Published Wednesday 22 November 2006

Ted Johnson, OBE, has been awarded an honorary degree; Doctor of Science at Southampton Solent University in recognition of his work in the New Forest.

He was one of the driving forces behind the New Forest receiving National Park designation in 2005.

Ted moved to the New Forest in 1964. He was immediately struck by its beauty and developed an affinity with the Forest which has lasted for over 40 years.

In 1990, he was one of the founding members of the New Forest Committee and its Chairman for eight years until it disbanded in 2005, following National Park designation. The voluntary body helped co-ordinate work of key organisations involved in conserving the New Forest Heritage.

This work paved the way for the New Forest National Park Authority. Ted was appointed by the Secretary of State as a member of the Authority in April 2005; he was elected Chairman at its first official meeting and took on his duties with the utmost dedication before standing down this September.

Clive Chatters, Chairman of the New Forest National Park, said: ‘The work Ted has achieved in the Forest, setting up the New Forest Committee and the National Park shows his dedication for protecting the Forest, its traditions and those who live in it.

‘As part of his work at the Committee and at the Park he worked hard at forming lasting partnerships with other organisations.

‘We were all extremely lucky to have someone like Ted at the helm during such a pivotal period of the Forest’s history.

‘His tireless work in helping to preserve the New Forest was rewarded with an OBE in 2005; an honorary degree from Southampton Solent University is further recognition of the contributions he has made.

‘He is an asset to the Forest and I am proud to know him. His professional life and personal involvement within the Forest shows his dedication to the cause.’

Ted shows no signs of resting on his laurels; he still dedicates his time to being an active member of the National Park.

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Media Contact:
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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