New Forest Awards launched to celebrate rural success


Published Thursday 31 March 2016

The hunt is on to find the best rural businesses and environmental initiatives in the New Forest.

The New Forest National Park Authority has again joined forces with the CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, to launch the 2016 New Forest Awards.

The awards are aimed at recognising and rewarding the achievements of farmers/commoners, food and drink producers, rural businesses and volunteers who make a vital contribution to maintaining the National Park’s landscape and way of life.

Awards will be made across four categories:

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

The winners in each category will be presented with a trophy at this summer’s awards ceremony, held at the New Forest Show on 27 July.

CLA South East Regional Director Robin Edwards said: 'Rural businesses manage our landscapes, provide homes, build communities and create jobs. They make a major contribution to the economy and environment of the New Forest and these awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate their achievements.'

New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes said: 'We are very pleased to be teaming up with the CLA once again to celebrate those at the heart of the living, working Forest. The winners of this award scheme are passionate about the Forest and play an enormous part in securing the unique landscape of the New Forest for the future – whether through commoning, local produce, promoting sustainability or rural diversification. Meeting them each summer is an inspiring experience.'

Nominations can be made by anybody online at Nominations for each category will also be made by specialist local organisations.

The full criteria and rules can be viewed at To request a paper copy of the nomination form please contact the New Forest National Park Authority on 01590 646650.

The closing date for entries to the awards is Sunday 1 May 2016.


Notes to Editors:

1.    CLA South East covers the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East & West Sussex.

2.    The CLA has more than 33,000 members in England and Wales.

3.    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.

4.    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.

5.    For news and more information on our events, campaigns, lobbying and advice see the regional pages on our website or follow us on Twitter: @CLASouthEast   

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. Visit to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Helen Symes, Communications Manager CLA South East, 01264 313434 / 07702 926916 or

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650 Email:

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