CLA and National Park to celebrate Young Farmers and Local Produce at New Forest Show

Drift at Backley

Published Wednesday 24 July 2013

On Wednesday (31 July) the Earl and Countess of Wessex will present the first CLA and New Forest National Park Authority awards for Young Farmer & Commoner and the Best Supporter of Local Produce.

The awards will be presented at the New Forest Show.

CLA regional director Robin Edwards said: 'We are pleased that the Earl and Countess of Wessex have agreed to present these awards. It is essential to showcase the opportunities available to young farmers in the area along with the benefits that those producing local food bring to the environment with regards to sustainable farming.'

New Forest National Park Authority chief executive Alison Barnes said: ‘The New Forest ponies are known as the ‘architects’ of the Forest as it’s their grazing activity that creates the landscape we know today. It is vital we continue to support commoning, farming and local produce to help sustain the unique New Forest landscape and I’m delighted we are recognising the dedication of our first award recipients.'

Both awards will be presented in special recognition of the hard work of the two winners. Next year there will be a full nomination and judging process to find 2014’s Young Farmer & Commoner and the Best Supporter of Local Produce.

The New Forest Show runs from 30 July to 1 August and is the highlight of Hampshire’s summer. Adult ticket price: £19, Child ticket price (aged between five - 16 Years): £5, 0 - four years: FREE, Senior Citizen ticket price: £18. For more information please visit the website:


Media Contacts:

Pippa Turner, CLA South East Communications Manager, 01264 313434, 07702926916,

Hilary Makin, New Forest National Park Authority Communications Manager, 01590 646608,

Notes to Editors

1.    The Young Farmer & Commoner Award is a wren trophy and has been donated by sculptor Bill Prickett

2.    The Best Supporter of Local Produce Award is a turned wooden bowl made by New Forest craftsman Nick Barberton

3.    The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has around 34,000 members.  

4.    As a membership organisation, the CLA supports landowners by advising them on how best to protect and maximise their asset: the land. We are dedicated to supporting landowners and their businesses. Our success is measured by how effectively we do that. We have a team of experts in London and a regional structure able to give local support.

5.    We have been looking after the interests of our members, as well as promoting the positive aspects of land ownership, land management and rural business activities for the past 100 years. CLA members own or manage approximately half the rural land in England and Wales, and the resulting expertise puts us in a unique position to formulate policies and lobby effectively.

6.    For more information about the CLA, visit: or follow us on Twitter

7.    The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

8.    We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

9.    The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

10.    Visit to find out more.

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