A New Forest Marque hamper

The New Forest Marque has teamed up with the New Forest Hamper Company to launch a specially curated range of hampers brimming with New Forest produce.

Three new luxury hampers offer a unique way to gift family and friends a taste of the New Forest, supporting local businesses linked to the local landscape, who have the Forest at the heart of their offering.

The collaboration showcases a wide selection of best-selling treats from New Forest Marque members, including hand-crafted gins, homemade cakes, award-winning cheeses, delicious jams, artisan soaps and aromatic candles – all made in the New Forest.

The New Forest Marque is a food and produce scheme which champions businesses who pride themselves on producing and providing food, drinks and crafts with clearly defined New Forest provenance. The Marque is awarded to produce which has been grown, reared, caught, brewed, produced or processed within the New Forest.

Adie Callaghan and team launched the New Forest Hamper Company in 2016, with a vision of bringing the delicious tastes of the New Forest together, perfectly packaged and delivered across the UK.

Based in Milford on Sea, Adie now works with over 50 carefully chosen suppliers, from craft distilleries and breweries to farms and artisan food makers, to create a range of hampers selected from over 150 local products.

Adie said: ‘We are delighted to be working with the New Forest Marque on this hamper collaboration project, specifically championing those producers who are fellow Marque members. Having sat on the Marque’s board previously, and being a member for many years, I personally feel very passionate about any project that highlights and promotes the quality and wealth of local producers we have on our doorstep here in the Forest.

‘These hampers are brimming with the taste of the Forest and reflect the core of our brand. With a nationwide courier service available, anyone can enjoy some authentic New Forest treats wherever they are in the country.’

In 2020, the New Forest Hamper Company was named Best Supporter of Local Produce in the New Forest Awards, which celebrate the people who help sustain the New Forest’s environment and rural economy, ensuring it thrives and is fit for the future.

The New Forest Marque, supported by the New Forest National Park Authority, also works to protect, encourage, and promote the traditional farming practices which help fashion the iconic landscape found in the New Forest.

Dan Parsons, Chair of the New Forest Marque, said: ‘Laden with local goodies, these hampers offer a great way to experience the fabulous food and drink on offer in the New Forest. All New Forest Marque goods meet strict criteria that guarantees they are truly local and you can be assured that products bearing our logo have been grown, reared, brewed, produced or processed right here in the New Forest.

‘When you choose Marque products, or buy from local businesses like the New Forest Hamper Company, you support the community as well as the traditional ways of farmers and commoners in the New Forest.’

New Forest Marque produce featured in the hampers includes:

New Forest Aromatics Sunny Day Candle. Featuring bergamot, lemon, grapefruit and may chang

Cyril’s Soap Shed Gardeners Goat’s Milk Soap. With oatmeal and lavender flowers to create a scrubby action

New Forest Spirits Wyrd Gin. A beautifully smooth, classic style of gin, handcrafted in small batches

Beachcomber Gin. With gentle citrus notes from a fine selection of botanicals including kaffir lime leaves

New Forest Spring Water Tonic Water Classic. Indian tonic water made with New Forest spring water and botanicals

Pig Beer Session. Light, refreshing, and perfectly carbonated with just a hint of premium hops

Lyburn Cheese Old Winchester Mature. A hard cheese, reminiscent of an Old Amsterdam with a distinctive nuttiness in flavour

Real Jam & Chutney Co Spiced Apple Chutney. Handmade from local, seasonal produce using a traditional recipe

Waterside Apiaries New Forest Honey. Delicious, beautifully smooth honey, from happy bees

Real Jam & Chutney Co Tutti Frutti Jam. A delicious blend of summer fruits, great on hot buttered toast or with fresh scones

New Forest Shortbread. Melt in the mouth shortbread enhanced by its wonderful local New Forest story

Beaulieu Chocolate Studio. Handmade chocolate bars with tangy raspberry, sweet strawberry and sharp blackcurrant

Fordingbridge Fudge Sea Salted Caramel Fudge. A moreish melt in the mouth fudge, with a delicious salty caramel taste

New Forest Cake House Lemon Drizzle Cake. Drizzled with the juice of half a lemon in every loaf – fresh and zesty.

The Giftbox Hamper is priced at £52; the Luxury Hamper is £65 and the Ultimate Forest Hamper is £99. Visit the Marque’s online shop for more details and to order newforestmarque.co.uk/shop.

Adie Callaghan owner of the New Forest Hamper Company