Entries now open for New Forest awards

Presented at the New Forest Show

Published Thursday 30 March 2017

The search is on for the best local food and drink producers, diversified businesses, young farmers and commoners, and volunteers who support the New Forest’s landscape and economy.

The New Forest National Park Authority and the CLA have launched their 2017 awards which, each year, reward the best rural businesses and environmental initiatives in the New Forest area.

Make your nomination now.

This year, for the first time, the award for rural diversification has been extended to cover the whole of Hampshire, with an emphasis on innovative projects which bring jobs and growth to the rural economy, are sustainable and enhance the local environment.

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.

Robin Edwards, South East Regional Director at the CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, said: ‘Recent CLA research has shown that rural businesses may be typically small businesses, but they invest for the long term, are significant contributors to the economy and have the potential for strong further growth. These awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate their success and the achievements of those individuals and organisations which make a vital contribution to the economy and environment of the New Forest.’

New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes, said: ‘This is the fifth year we have joined forces with the CLA to run these awards, which have recognised so many special people at the heart of the living, working Forest.

‘Whenever I meet the winners of this award scheme their passion for the Forest and securing it for future generations always shines through. If you know somebody who goes above and beyond in the fields of commoning, local produce, sustainability or rural diversification please do nominate them for an award. This is the chance for all of us to show how much we value their selfless work.’

Nominations and entries can be made online at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/awards. Nominations for each category will also be made by specialist local organisations.

The full criteria and rules can be viewed at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/awardsinfo. 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 is Friday 23 May 2017.

Notes to Photo Editors

Winners of the 2016 awards at the New Forest Show.

Notes to Editors

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

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

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.

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.

For news and more information on our events, campaigns, lobbying and advice see the regional pages on our website www.cla.org.uk/your-area/south-east 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 www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media contact

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer
Tel: 01590 646650

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