Best in England!

by | Jun 29, 2014 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

Congratulations to all our Best of England Award and Sylva Cup award winners! We look forward to making the Awards for the forestry and woodlands categories at a ceremony on 9 July. Awards are being presented separately at the schools

Full details of the Best of England award winners for Multipurpose woods, Silviculture, Community Woodlands, Small Woodlands, Schools and the Sylva Cup are on the winners and judges page on the RFS website. Details of England’s top Woodlands for Climate Change areavailable here. The judges’ reports will appear in full in the October issue of the Quarterly Journal of Forestry.

Best of England Excellence in Forestry Awards go to:

Duke of Cornwall Multipurpose Award (Sponsored by John Clegg & Co)

Winner Hampton Estate, Surrey – Bridget and Bill Biddell

Silver Combe Sydenham Estate, Somerset – William Theed


Silviculture Award (Tubex)

Winner Sotterley Estate, Suffolk – Miles Barne

Silver Whitbourne Estate, Worcestershire – Bill Evans


Small Woodlands Award (Woodmizer)

Winner Alvecote Wood, Staffordshire – Sarah Walters and Stephen Briggs

Silver Rawhaw Wood, Northamptonshire – Carolyn Church and Hugh Ross

Community Woodland Award

Winner Heaton Woods Trust, Yorkshire – Richard Palframan

Silver Clayton le Moors Wood, Lancashire – Paul Worswick


Sylva Cup

Joint award to Sir William Worsley and David Brown, representing four generations of both families who have worked together as owner and manager respectively of Hovingham Estate over the years since 1897 – creating a wonderful woodland resource on the Estate.

Schools Award (PEFC and ECL Howard Watson Smith)

Winner Moulsecoomb Primary School, Brighton

Silver Ifield School, Gravesend

Certificates of Merit Millbrook Primary, Cheshire; Welton Free Rangers Forest School Nursery, Somerset; Pinewood School, Hertfordshire; Heaton Primary and Forest School

Woodlands for Climate Change Award (sponsored by FC England in partnership with  EA Climate Ready)

Winner Thetford Forest – Forestry Commission, East England District

Silver Treworder Barton Farm, Wadebridge, Cornwall – Hugh Davis

Highly Commended Combe Sydenham Country Park, Somerset – William Theed; Norbury Park, Stafford – Prof Jo Bradwell; and Sefton Coast Woodlands, Formby – The Mersey Forest