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Flying the flag for England’s woodlands
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Woodshed Autumn Colours 15Twenty award-winning woodlands across the country and six schools have picked up the challenge to prove they are the very Best in England – and owners of new woodlands across the country are being urged to enter a free Woodlands for Climate Change award.

Those competing for Best of England titles have all won awards over the past five years when the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Excellence in Forestry Awards visited their region, and now it is their chance to be judged against other regional winners in their category to find the Best of England woodlands.

In addition, owners of newly planted (or replanted) woodlands – less than 5 years old – across the country can enter a new free Woodlands for Climate Change award being held in conjunction with the Environment Agency Climate Ready Project and Forestry Commission England. This award was developed to reward woodlands that can demonstrate planting which builds-in resilience to Climate Change, pests and diseases The deadline for entries is 31 March 2014. For details go to Woodlands for Climate Change Award

Those competing for the Best of England Awards are:


  • Duke of Cornwall Multipurpose Woodlands Award: Hovingham Estate, York, Yorkshire; Stansted Park Foundation, Hampshire and Hampton Estate, Surrey ( joint winners 2010); Milden Hall, Thetford Forest, Suffolk; Lowther Estate/ Center Parcs, Cumbria; Combe Sydenham Estate, Somerset.
  • RFS Silviculture Award: Hovingham Estate, Yorkshire; Wilderness Wood, Sussex; Sotterley Estate, Suffolk; Wilderness Wood East Sussex; Whitbourne Estate, Worcestershire; Manor of Restormel Woodlands, Cornwall.
  • Small Woodlands Award; Coombeshead Farm, Cornwall; Alvecote Wood, Staffordshire; Rawhaw Wood, Northamptonshire; Upton Park Farms, Hampshire; Braemar Farm, Hornsea, Yorkshire.
  • Community Woodlands Awards: Oakfrith Wood, Wiltshire; The Woodlands, Clayton le Moors, Lancashire; Hill Holt Wood, Lincolnshire; Hailey Community Woodland , Oxfordshire; Heaton Woods Trust, Bradford, Yorkshire.
  • Schools Award: Millbrook Primary, Cheshire; Welton Free Rangers Forest School Nursery, Somerset; Pinewood School, Hertfordshire; Moulsecoomb Primary, Sussex and Ifield School Kent (joint 2010); and Heaton Primary and Forest School Schools Award, Yorkshire.

Judges will be visiting the woodlands during May and results are expected to be announced during June with a special VIP awards event at the RFS HQ in Oxfordshire on 9 July.