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Public name favourite New Forest artwork

Public name favourite New Forest artwork


Thousands of people attended the exhibition at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst this summer, which is run in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority. Visitors had the chance to see dozens of pieces of art inspired by the wildlife, landscape and traditions of the New Forest.

More than 700 votes were cast by art lovers at the annual exhibition, and Kim Weiler’s 3D gorse wood horse head ‘The Forester’ was the clear winner. The piece triumphed over a record-breaking 215 entries and earned the artist a £100 prize.

The exhibition and associated competition were sponsored for a fifth year by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery.

People’s Prize winner Kim said: ‘The New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst has been a fantastic showcase over the summer for the Open Art Exhibition and I am so thrilled ‘The Forester’ has won the people’s prize.

‘The New Forest is such an inspiring place and my pieces are made from gorse wood, collected under licence from around the Forest. I also enjoy taking part in local craft fairs and Blue Dog Art has been very supportive.’

New Forest Centre Manager Hilary Marshall said: ‘I am delighted, but not surprised, that ‘The Forester’ by Kim Weiler was such a firm favourite with our visitors. Having already been awarded Highly Commended by the competition judges, it is a wonderful use of locally-sourced materials.’

If you’d like to see more of Kim’s award-winning art, you can view some of her sculptures at Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton and Stanwell House Hotel, Lymington.

View an online photo gallery of this year’s entries at


Notes to Photo Editor:

People’s Prize winner Kim Weiler from Milford-on-Sea with her 3D piece ‘The Forester’.

Notes to Editor:

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:

Beki Mole, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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