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Our Patron and President

Our Patron

Belinda Lady Montagu

Belinda Lady Montagu

Belinda Lady Montagu has been a long-standing friend to the New Forest and supporter of the New Forest Association. She was our President from 1983 to 1995 and since then Patron of the Association.

In her foreword to our history ‘Saving the New Forest’, she said:

“The New Forest is very close to my heart having lived here all my life and been an active Commoner of both Ponies and Cattle, hunting with the Buckhounds and actively working with the new Forest Association over many years on its campaigns for the protection of this special place”

Our President

Oliver Crosthwaite Eyre

NFA President - Oliver Crosthwaite Eyre

Oliver Crosthwaite Eyre

Oliver Crosthwaite Eyre comes from a family with a long history of involvement with New Forest. He practised as a barrister before joining the family business based in Bramshaw in the north of the Forest, where he lives and manages the family estate. He served as the Official Verderer and chairman of the Court for nine years until 2011 and is currently the Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, Vice Chairman of the New Forest Trust, a trustee of the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust and a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire.