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2017 Duke of Cornwall Award for Resilient Multi-Purpose Forestry

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 2017 winners

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Gold: FC England, Andrew Powers and Tim Medlock

 

Silver: Morton Hall, Bill Mason and Ian Glenny Silver: Wakefield Lodge Estate, Dan Richmond-Watson  Commended: Grimsthorpe Castle, Sebastian Miller and Denis Murray

Gold: Carburton and Clumber Woods, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, owned by the Forestry Commission

Joint Silver: Morton Hall, Retford, Nottinghamshire, owned by the Mason family; and 

Wakefield Lodge Estate, Potterspury, Northants, owned by Julian Richmond-Watson 

Certificate of Merit: Grimsthorpe Park woodland, Lincolnshire, owned by Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust Ltd

This Award recognises woodlands that are managed for ecological and economic resilience. This includes adaptation to environmental change such as pests, disease and the threat of climate change in order to meet commercial, environmental and/or social objectives.

Carburton and Clumber Woods, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, owned by the Forestry Commission

The overarching silviculture objective for these woods is to achieve the maximum sustainable level of

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Gold for Carburton and Clumber Woods: demonstrating mature conifer, thicket plantation birch,  recently planted Leyland cypress, and retained broadleaves for diversity, song posts for tree pipits and a dead stump for the bugs and beasties!

timber production with a focus on quality consistent with environmental and social objectives.

The impact of Dothistroma pini on Corsican pine added emphasis to what the FC describe as a strategy of  'developing resilience' which began ten years ago. At Carburton and Clumber it includes an initiative to improve the quality of their growing stock inventory; basing silviculture decisions more on an investment/return basis and a move to more successional species. Much of the 'alternative' silviculture practiced is based around underplanting and they have developed the Central England Fast Plant Model which aims to have a site planted within six weeks of the completion of thinning operations. Innovative, lower cost crop protection methods have been developed with birch regeneration providing low cost but significant ecological benefits as a soil improver.

What the judges say: "The broad aim for these woods is to achieve the maximum sustainable level of timber production consistent with environmental and social objectives.  Several themes within this broad aim contribute to the development of economic and ecological resilience: marketing initiatives are intended to reduce the effect of price fluctuations in the timber cycle; diversifying the range of tree species spreads the risk posed by climate change and disease; innovative silvicultural approaches have reduced the cost of tree protection and the need for chemical weed control; and a partnership with the local wildlife trust seeks to provide transitional open space to meet the needs of priority bird species."

 

Morton Hall, Retford, Nottinghamshire, owned by the Mason family

This 78ha woodland estate derived from19th and 20th century plantations and has been in the same

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 Being restored: Morton Hall pinetum 

family ownership since the 1850s. The aim is to develop attractive mixed species woodlands with a varied age structure which are financially viable, produce quality timber and provide valuable habitat for wildlife.

Since the 1970s management has focused on improving the quality of younger planted stands and improving the stocking of old broadleaved woodlands.

A CCF regime was introduced to the old broadleaved stands in the 1980s in part to maintain landscape value while regular thinning of all younger stands is carried out on a 4-5 year cycle. There are now more than 25 tree species present in the wood and a small pinetum dating from the 20th century which is being restored contains around 100 tree species.

What the judges said: "The long-term vision for the forest on this family estate is to develop attractive mixed-species woodlands with a varied age structure which are financially viable, produce quality timber and provide valuable habitat for wildlife.  A formal evaluation of the existing management plan in 2016 included an evaluation of potential climate change vulnerability.  A small pinetum dating from the early 20th century is being restored and contains around 100 tree species, which is audited to provide practical information on the performance of lesser-known species." 

Wakefield Lodge Estate, Potterspury, Northants, owned by Julian Richmond-Watson and managed by Lockhart Garratt

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Wakefield Lodge Estate Woodlands

This is a mixed estate on the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire borders. Since the early 1980s all main blocks of woodland have been actively managed on a commercial basis. The woods are mostly broadleaved and thinning has produced a range of good quality hardwood timber products marketed into both the English and the Irish markets.

There are SSSI, landscape and historical sensitivies on site and the woodlands are managed using CCF. A shelterwood system initiated in the 1980s to promote natural regeneration of ash within the ancient woodland has been successful at diversifying age class and woodland structure. While ash dieback has yet to make a significant impact on the estate, its presence is anticipated over the next 20 years.

What the judges said: "The management objectives for the woodlands on this mixed estate include timber production, landscape, private recreation, conservation (particularly achieving “favourable status” for the woodlands within an SSSI), and protection of historical features, as well diversification of the species composition in preparation for a changing climate and increased pest and disease incidence.  A programme of coupe felling and restocking uses a mixture of species and provenances, including selected sources of oak from the UK and France."

 

Grimsthorpe Park woodland, Lincolnshire, owned by Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust Ltd

The woodland is included on Historic England's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic interest at Grade 1.

The long term vision for this woodland is to maintian the historic pattern of woodland cover in the designed landscape through CCF, small scale group felling and restocking.

The Oaks area of the woodland - originally established before the 1700s but since felled and replanted with stands of trees mostly less than 100 years old - is included in Park Let to Shoot. Elsewhere there is an adventure playgound and woodland walk. The wood is also a venue for educational activities including Forest School.

What the judges said:  "The Certificate of Merit is awarded to Grimsthorpe Estate is in particular recognition of its contribution to social resilience through forestry education: the hosting of a local Forest School; provision of a venue for pre-school outdoor activities; and participation over many years in training schemes for young people."

Case studies featuring previous Duke of Cornwall and woodland planted for Resilience award winners are available here

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