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Isle of Wight features on the cover of the 2020 National Trust Handbook

Les Lockhart a photograph of Newtown National Trust Nature Reserve

Newtown Nature Reserve will be on the cover of the National Trust Handbook for 2020.

The 2020 National Trust Handbook will be issued to 5.6 million members of the conservation charity.  The Handbook is an invaluable tool for planning days out at National Trust properties,  houses, gardens and coast and countryside in the United Kingdom.

Les Lockhart, who lives in East Cowes, won the contest with this photograph of his favourite local spot.

‘I love being able to go out to Newtown regularly, whether it’s during the day to watch all the wildlife, or in the evening for the sunset” he said. ‘It’s such a beautiful, peaceful location, and there are so many features that make it a great place for photography too, like the walkway and the boats on the estuary.

‘One of the reasons I like photography is that you’re able to share these places with others. Hopefully seeing the image on the Handbook will encourage people to really appreciate and make the most of beautiful places on their own doorstep.’

Simon King, the wildlife cameraman and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and one of five judges said; ‘Les’s photo stood out because of the beautiful composition, with the wooden walkway drawing the eye in and giving that combination of the gentle touch of man in a wild landscape’. ‘It captures a moment in light that is ephemeral, but entirely possible for anyone to witness if they spend time in a place like this.’


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