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RFS - Excellence in Forestry Awards

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After a highly successful rotation of England and Wales over the past seven years, the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards have returned to the North of England for 2016 with awards which reflect the current challenges being faced by woodlands large and small and a new Education and Learning Award for forestry education, training and career development.

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Excellence in Forestry 2015 winners

Entries for 2016 are now closed. Our thanks to all those who have entered. Judging is taking place. Watch this space for the results! Awards will be presented at Lotherton Hall Estate, courtesy of Leeds City Council, on Wednesday 6 July 2016.

In future years, the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards will be held as follows:

2017 – East (RFS Divisions: Notts. & Lincs., Midlands, and East Anglia)

2018 – West (RFS Divisions: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire,

North-West Midlands, Somerset & Dorset, and South Western)

2019 – South (RFS Divisions: Home Counties, Oxon & Bucks, London & Middlesex,

 South Eastern, and Southern) 

2020 – Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Wales 

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 are now regarded as the premier award for woodlands in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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 also available here. Details of the 2015 winners can be found here.

For more information, please contact Excellence in Forestry Co-ordinator David Brackley on 01772 451276 or email 


Our thanks to all our sponsors in 2016.

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