Britain’s best managed woodlands are being found for the 2011 Excellence in Forestry (EiF) Awards

The woodland hunt is afoot


The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has launched its 2011 Excellence in Forestry (EiF) Awards. The aim is to find the best managed woodlands by both private owners and publicly owned forests, including those run by community groups. The awards also commend the most inspirational school project that promotes “seed-to-saw” learning about trees.
The awards are held in the East Midlands, Eastern England and North London. The four categories that can be entered are: Multipurpose Woodlands (Duke of Cornwall Award), Small Woodlands, Community Forestry, and Silviculture. The school award is separate and open to all educational establishments with any project involving the growing or use of trees and wood.
RFS chief executive Dr John Jackson said: “These awards were re-launched just two years ago and have already uncovered some wonderful examples of wise woodland management and fantastic teaching in Yorkshire, the North East and South East of England.

“Forestry has a great role to play in this country – helping to benefit local communities and to provide owners with a sustainable, and environmentally friendly, crop.”
There are prizes of £1000 for the winner and £500 for the runner up in each category. Entries must be received by 8 March 2011, and judging will be held in May and June 2011.

For further details and entry forms visit the rfs website  or email or call 01442 822028.


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