Nominations open for New Forest awards 2015

cyrils soap shed

Published Friday 16 January 2015

Nominations are now open for an awards scheme to recognise those making an outstanding contribution to conserving the unique landscape and traditions of the New Forest.

The CLA and New Forest National Park Authority Awards is looking for nominees across four award categories:

  • Young Farmer/Commoner of the Year
  • Best Supporter of Local Produce
  • Sustainability Champion
  • Rural Diversification.

You can nominate a friend, family member, colleague, or even yourself, anytime between now and 8 May. The shortlisted nominees will have the chance to show their work to a panel of judges made up of experts from local organisations.

Those lucky enough to triumph in each category will be presented with a trophy at this summer’s awards ceremony, held at the New Forest Show on 29 July.

This year’s awards builds on a successful 2014 edition, which culminated in VisitEngland Chief Executive James Berresford presenting the awards to the winners in the main show ring at the New Forest Show.

Catherine Shutler, owner of goat milk soap maker Cyril’s Soap Shed, was named Best Supporter of Local Produce in 2014 and said: ‘I am passionate about local produce, and try and help other producers as much as possible, so to be recognised with this award was a very special moment.

‘I never thought I would win, but I knew it would be good publicity for my business, and a chance to promote myself a bit. The judging day was particularly enjoyable – the judges came out one morning and it was great fun chatting to them and telling them what I do.

‘The awards took place during the grand parade at the New Forest Show, and when they announced I was the winner I was so proud! Through publicity of the awards after, in the newspapers and on radio, my business has really flourished and I would certainly encourage others to enter.’

Robin Edwards, CLA Director South East, said: ‘The CLA is proud to be working in partnership with the National Park Authority again to present these awards, and to introduce the new Rural Diversification category.  Business diversification is an essential component of a thriving modern countryside, and there are fantastic examples of exciting and inventive diversification successes in the New Forest.  

‘All these awards go some way to recognising and thanking the people and businesses working as custodians of the unique New Forest landscape and its rural communities.’

New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes said: ‘After two successful years of this awards scheme, it’s a pleasure to be teaming up with the CLA again to celebrate those at the heart of the living, working forest. We hope that by supporting commoning, local produce, sustainability and rural diversification we will help to maintain the unique landscape of the New Forest.

‘I look forward to meeting all the winners at the New Forest Show in July and wish all the nominees the very best of luck.’

Nominations for each category can be made online at and full criteria and rules can be viewed at  

To request a paper copy of the nomination form please phone 01590 646650.


Notes to photo editor:

Catherine Shutler of Cyril’s Soap Shed collects her Best Supporter of Local Produce award from VisitEngland Chief Executive James Berresford.

Notes to editor:

About the CLA

The CLA has around 34,000 members.  

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

The CLA has been looking after the interests of its 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 the organisation in a unique position to formulate policies and lobby effectively.

For more information about the CLA visit or follow @CLAtweets on Twitter.

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

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.

We also have a duty to:

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

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.

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Media Contacts:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

Isobel Shayle, Communications Manager, CLA
Tel: 01264 313434

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