National Park chiefs looking to honour people who help preserve New Forest

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NATIONAL Park chiefs are out to honour people who have made an outstanding contribution to the task of preserving the New Forest’s unique landscape.

The National Park Authority (NPA) is seeking nominations for four awards that will be presented at the Daily Echo-backed New Forest Show on July 30.

The categories are Young Farmer/Commoner of the Year, Best Supporter of Local Produce, Sustainability Champion and Best Agricultural Building Designer.

Anyone can nominate a friend, family member or colleague between now and April 30.

An NPA spokesman said: “This year’s awards scheme builds on a successful 2013 edition, which culminated in the Earl and Countess of Wessex presenting the Young Farmer and Commoner and Best Supporter of Local Produce awards in the main show ring at the New Forest Show.”

Jane Overall, owner of Setley Ridge farm shop near Brockenhurst, was named Best Supporter of Local Produce in 2013.

She said: “It was a fantastic honour to be presented with last year’s award. At Setley Ridge we’re passionate about championing local produce and being recognised for our achievements was the icing on the cake.”

The NPA is running the scheme in partnership with the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which has 34,000 members across the UK.

Robin Edwards, the CLA’s south east director, said: “The New Forest is unique and it’s essential that it has a thriving and profitable working rural economy to ensure our grandchildren will be able to enjoy it as we do today.”

NPA chief executive Alison Barnes added: ‘It’s vital we continue to support those at the heart of the living, working Forest.”

Nominations can be made online at newforestnpa.gov.uk/awards.

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10:55am Sun 12 Jan 14

Ellwood says...

.......... cyclists need not apply. ...........just kidding. :0 )

PS..........I'll be in my bunker for a while.
.......... cyclists need not apply. ...........just kidding. :0 ) PS..........I'll be in my bunker for a while. Ellwood

11:46am Sun 12 Jan 14

derek james says...

that'll be the ponies then!
that'll be the ponies then! derek james

4:04pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Forest Resident says...

Ellwood wrote:
.......... cyclists need not apply. ...........just kidding. :0 )

PS..........I'll be in my bunker for a while.
In all seriousness it probably will be one of the anti cycling, weekend only residents from London who becomes a 'New Forest Champion', true locals who have sustained and contributed to the region for many decades are often overlooked and repeatedly ignored by the likes of the New Forest National Park Association.
[quote][p][bold]Ellwood[/bold] wrote: .......... cyclists need not apply. ...........just kidding. :0 ) PS..........I'll be in my bunker for a while.[/p][/quote]In all seriousness it probably will be one of the anti cycling, weekend only residents from London who becomes a 'New Forest Champion', true locals who have sustained and contributed to the region for many decades are often overlooked and repeatedly ignored by the likes of the New Forest National Park Association. Forest Resident

10:13am Mon 13 Jan 14

Solomon's Boot says...

It can only be the agisters and the commoners. They have shaped the New Forest for nearly a thousand years, without whom....(etc)
It can only be the agisters and the commoners. They have shaped the New Forest for nearly a thousand years, without whom....(etc) Solomon's Boot

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