A NEW Forest charity is seeking nominations for its Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award.

Conservationists at the New Forest Trust are looking for people who have given their own time and made a significant contribution towards maintaining or improving the environment and rural economy of the New Forest.

They are also looking for people who have contributed to the conservation or cultural heritage of the New Forest, or brought about a greater awareness of issues that have a direct bearing on the wellbeing of the forest.

First presented by Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the award is given annually at the New Forest Show at the end of July.

The winner is chosen by a panel nominated by the principal voluntary New Forest organisations – the New Forest Association, the New Forest Commoners’ Defence Association, the New Forest Pony and Cattle Breeding Society and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Chairman of the trust William Ziegler said: “The New Forest is indebted to many who go the extra mile to help conserve and improve it.

“Often their work goes largely unrecognised and this award is for those people.

“So, we are asking the public to come forward and nominate anybody they know who fits that description.”

Nominations can be made at www.newforesttrust.org.uk/new-forest-award.