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2017 Excellence in Forestry Awards

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From the magnificent Carburton and Clumber Woods near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire to the tiny Foundry Wood in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, this year's Excellence in Forestry Awards have once again revealed inspiring tales of forestry, woodland management and education and learning projects.

The EiF Awards were presented at Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne, Lincolnshire on Friday 14 July 2017.

The full judges' report will be included in the October 2017 issue of the QJF. Details of individual winners are available by clicking on the panels below.

The 2018 awards will be held in the West of England (RFS Divisions: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, North-West Midlands, Somerset & Dorset, and South Western). Details will be available in Autumn


Excellence in Silviculture


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Duke of Cornwall Award

Resilient Multi-purpose Forestry

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Small and Farm

Woodlands Award

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Urban and Community

Forestry Award

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Education and Learning


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The Excellence in Forestry Awards are the premier competition for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, celebrating all that is best in woodland management across four different categories and recognising the very best in woodland and forestry Education and Learning projects.

Entries for 2017 were invited from across Eastern England and the Midlands (Norfolk, Suffolk,  Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands*)

Over the years, the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards have revealed some outstanding examples of woodlands and of woodland management. To share Best Practice, case studies on some of the previous winners are available here.  

For more information, please email or call us on 01295 678588

The RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards were launched in 2009 as the successor to two former national forestry competitions - the Woodlands and Plantations competition run in partnership with the Royal Agricultural Society of England, and the Duke of Cornwall's Award for Forestry and Conservation.

They rotate around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. And will be held in:

2019 – South (RFS Divisions: Home Counties, Oxon & Bucks, London & Middlesex, South Eastern, and Southern) 

2020 – Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Wales