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Small and Farm Woodland 2018 Award

This Award recognises and rewards smaller woods which have been actively managed in the last 10 years.

Gold: Broomhill Wood, near Huntley, Gloucestershire, owned by Sam and Will Wilkinson

Joint silver: The Hillyfield Woodland Farm on Dartmoor owned by Doug King-Smith

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Millmoor Woodland, Crediton, owned by Jan Wyllie

 

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 Coast redwood measuring at Broomhill Will and Sam Wilkinson, centre, receive the award with, from left, RFS President Andrew Woods, John Harris representing RASE and architect/presenter Piers Taylor  right. Pic Credit: RFS/Brian Martin

Gold: Broomhill Wood, near Huntley, Gloucestershire, owned by Sam and Will Wilkinson

Judges praised Broomhill Wood for: “a truly holistic, multi-purpose woodland management of exceptionally high quality.”

Purchased in 1980, from the late Cyril Hart OBE,MA,MSc.,Phd.,FRICS,FICFOR. Broomhill is a 10ha. (approx.) family owned and run woodland. The owners strive to achieve financial break even, excluding major capital improvements such as tracks and buildings.

It is a mixed woodland containing varied high forest stands and with, in places, a coppice understorey. There is a fine small stand of P 55 coast redwood. The woodland is managed on a Continuous Cover basis.

Prior to Dr Hart’s ownership, the wood was part of the Huntley Estate owned by C.P. Ackers Ma, BSc, who was a leading practitioner of private forestry. The influence of these two foresters is still apparent in some of the stands.

With the exception of some capital improvements and machinery purchases, the woodland is financed from product sales and woodland grant aid. The wood has been used for educational and for charity events. Woodland plans have progressively been updated and the current woodland plan, was produced with aid of a Forestry Commission/ Natural England planning grant.

Woodland work is carried out by either family and friend work parties at weekends or holidays or, for heavy duty works such as thinning, local merchant/contractors are used, either on a standing or roadside sale basis.


 

 Farm Silver The Hillyfield The Aptly Named Hillyfield Nestled In Its Steep Sided Valley Credit Rfs Owen Davies  Smallwoodsjointsilver Hillyfields Crfsbrianmartin
The aptly named Hillyfield, nestled in its steep-sided valley. Credit: RFS/Owen Davies Doug King-Smith,centre, receives the award with, from left, RFS President Andrew Woods, John Harris representing RASE and architect/presenter Piers Taylor  right. Pic Credit: RFS/Brian Martin 

 

Joint silver: The Hillyfield Woodland Farm on Dartmoor owned by Doug King-Smith

The Hillyfield Woodland Farm said judges demonstrated: “excellent multi-purpose management and exceptional efforts to promote woodland culture.”

The Hillyfield includes 11ha of mixed woodlands which had previously been neglected. Owners have focussed on developing a low impact small scale community supported business in keeping with one planet vision and delivered with the help of volunteers. Other aims include increasing carbon storage by growing trees and providing a sanctuary for people to enjoy, learn, share and be inspired in. Owners have recently been involved in a much publicised battle to build a wood drying barn and machinery store on their site to help their forestry business develop . You can read their blog here


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Judge Christine Cahalan views a historic woodbank at Millmoor Woodland. Credit: RFS/Owen Davies Ben Fielding, right, receives the award with, from left, RFS President Andrew Woods, John Harris representing RASE. Pic Credit: RFS/Brian Martin  

Joint silver: Millmoor Woodland, Crediton, owned by Jan Wyllie

Millmoor Woodland said judges demonstrated: “excellent multi-purpose management and exceptional efforts to promote both the wellbeing of the woodland itself and a unique vision of woodland culture.”

Millmoor Woodland is a 17.4ha woodland at Spreyton, Crediton. Owner Jan Wyllie aims to manage it to maintain and develop habitats populated by a wide variety of native and non-invasive plant, animal and fungi species. Their aim is that all work should pay, but it must also be in the interests of 'all our relations' in the community.

The Copse is part of 42 acres of broadleaf woodland worked for at least 300 years with saw pits, wood-banks, boundary oaks and a tithe map to prove it.

The woodland has oak, ash, chestnut, hazel, birch, hawthorn, holly, elder and alder trees but in the face of challenges such as ash dieback, owners have been planting additional species to build up the woodlands for resilience – introducing Linden lime and Douglas fir which have flourished and yew, wild service and sweet chestnut trees which are having a harder time, while all the Robinia died!

The owners have coppiced, replanted and fenced coupes, while thinning out oak, ash, birch and holly for timber and firewood, charcoal, carpentry, timber construction, wooden artefacts and fungi and  are planning to introduce training courses in woodland skills, "nature connection experiences", scientific research projects, as well as cultural and spiritual events.

 

This Award is in partnership with RASE

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