We know we’re wonderful and our visitors know we’re wonderful, too. Now’s your chance to help let everyone know just why the New Forest is the go-to British holiday destination by voting for us in the Countryfile Awards.

Now in their sixth year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017 are a celebration of the British countryside and its people, from great heritage attractions and favourite holiday destinations to the best nature reserves and the finest rural pubs.

We were nominated by Countryfile presenter Anita Rani who described the area as ‘gorgeous’. “You can get to it from London quickly and disappear into the middle of nowhere,” she said. “The first time I saw wild ponies, it took my breath away. I’ve stayed in a range of places, from a hobbit hole in a garden, to treats such as Lime Wood, which offers amazing food, spa and sauna, and The Pig in Brockenhurst, with its kitchen garden and fine fare. Wherever I am, I’ve always had a wonderful time.”

There are a number of ways you can vote to ensure the New Forest receives the recognition it deserves in these prestigious awards.

Countryfile readers and viewers can vote online on the BBC Countryfile Magazine website, countryfile.com/awards, or via post, sending the form in the February issue of the magazine to BBC Countryfile Magazine, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN.

Winners will be announced mid-March in an online ceremony and will appear in the May issue of the magazine, on sale April 7, with each winner receiving a beautiful wooden plaque. Last year’s awards saw nearly 18,000 readers vote, with a total of 120,000 votes cast.

New Forest Destination Manager, Anthony Climpson, said: “We are thrilled to receive this nomination from Countryfile magazine which confirms our status as one of the UK’s top holiday destinations.

“Now we’re hoping that all those who live, work and love this place will vote for us and show everyone that the magical New Forest really is Britain’s top holiday destination for those who love wildlife and the countryside.”