LOOKING FOR THE TRULY TREE….MENDOUS!
The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has recently announced details for its 2013 Woodland Awards. Once again John Clegg & Co will be sponsoring the Multipurpose Forestry category (The Duke of Cornwall Award). Details of the awards have been provided to us by the RFS as set out below and application forms can be obtained via the RFS website.
Experts are looking to find the best woodlands – large or small – to act as local beacons of good practice in a region running from Worcestershire to Cumbria. At stake are £1000 top prizes and £500 second prizes in each of five different categories.
Also being sought are the most inspirational projects involving nurseries, schools or other educational organisations which increase young people’s understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between trees and everyday wood products.
The Royal Forestry Society Excellence in Forestry Awards rotate around the country. For 2013 the RFS has linked up with Forestry Commission England to offer an urban forestry category for the first time, alongside four other woodland awards, each recognising good practice – Multipurpose (Duke of Cornwall Award), Community, Silviculture and Small Woodlands (up to 20 hectares).
Woodland owners and managers (private and public), community groups, local authorities, housing developers, planners, farmers and schools in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man are eligible to take part.
Entries must be received by 4 March 2013, and judging will be held in May and June 2013. The woodland awards will be presented at an event during July.