Eastern England and Midlands challenged to showcase best of UK woodlands

by | Dec 2, 2016 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

The 2017 RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards will be an opportunity for woodland owners in Eastern England and the Midlands to showcase the value they bring to local economies and communities.

As the awards return to Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands for the first time in up to six years, the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is calling for entries from woodlands large and small and from those involved in inspirational woodland Education and Learning Projects. Full details are available at http://www.rfs.org.uk/awards/rfs-excellence-in-forestry-awards/

RFS Awards Co-ordinator David Brackley, pictured above, said: “Well managed woodlands contribute to the rural economy, landscapes and biodiversity, and the wellbeing of rural and urban communities.  These awards recognise the efforts of the many landowners and managers whose commitment and dedication to high standards of woodland management is contributing to the public benefit and inspiring others to learn from their example.

“We are also looking to recognise the very best in inspirational Educational and Learning Projects which help increase awareness, understanding and skills related to trees, woodlands and forests.”

The four woodland categories – Duke of Cornwall Resilient Multipurpose Forestry, Silviculture, Small and Farm Woodlands and Urban and Community woodlands – reflect the modern day challenges, both economic and environmental, faced by woodlands today. The Education and Learning Award is open to schools, colleges, universities and other recognised training providers.

Further information and Entry Forms are at  http://www.rfs.org.uk/awards/rfs-excellence-in-forestry-awards/  or by contacting EiF co-ordinator David Brackley at rfscompetition@btinternet.comor  or by telephone on 01772 451276. Entries close on 7 March 2017.