2017 Small and Farm Woodlands Award
This Award recognises and rewards smaller woodlands which have been actively managed in the last ten years.
The minimum area is 0.2 hectares. The maximum is 20 hectares. An entry must be under a sole ownership and management. The woodland would normally be one single block but, exceptionally, a group of neighbouring smaller units, such as farm woodlands, would be eligible. Entries which form a defined unit within a larger woodland block under multi-ownership are also eligible.
The Award is aimed principally at the hands-on woodland owner, including farmers and is given for good sustainable, holistic woodland management on a multi-purpose basis with clearly stated objectives. Those objectives must be listed on the entry form.
Entries are invited from farmers and woodland owners or managers from the private, public or voluntary sectors from across Eastern England and the Midlands (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands).
The Award will consist of:-
First Prize: A trophy (to be held for one year) with a cash prize of £500, and a Certificate.
Second Prize: A cash prize of £250, and a Certificate.
Certificates of Merit: These may be awarded at the judges' discretion.
Full guidelines and the entry form can be downloaded, right. The completed form should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to RFS Excellence Awards, The Hay Barns,Home Farm Drive, Upton Estate, Banbury, OX15 6HU.
An acknowledgement email will be sent to confirm that your application has been received.
The closing date for entries is noon on Tuesday 7th March 2017. The awards will be presented at Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne, Lincolnshire (http://www.grimsthorpe.co.uk/) on Friday 14 July 2017.
Case studies featuring previous Small and Farm Woodlands award winners are available here
The Small and Farm Woodlands Award is held In partnership with RASE