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Llongyfarchiadau to our Royal Welsh Show winners!
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Llongyfarchiadau! Congratulations to all RFSmembers who won Woodlands Awards at the Royal Welsh Show. In addition to the 13 RFS members who collected gold, silver or bronze awards across wide-ranging woodland and forestry categories, Blaen Bran Community Woodland won the RFS Gold Medal Certificate for the best entry in the competition.

Blaen Bran Community Woodland also won a number of other awards recognising its success in managing, protecting and preserving 100 acres of woodland above Upper Cwmbran for the use of the community. Director, David Parsons, who collected the award on behalf of the wood, is an RFS member.

The Honourable Mrs Shan Legge-Bourke LVO presents the RFS Gold Medal award to David Parsons, Director of Blaen Bran Community Woodland  310714

 The Royal Welsh Show Woodlands Awards were judged on good management that meets the objectives of the owners, whether it is commercial timber production, biodiversity, community use or a combination of all three. All those who received awards had previously won classes in county shows.

In their report, judges Brian Barker and Chris Sorensen commented: “It was encouraging to see that woodlands were and are being managed with thinning, felling and restocking having taken place or planned for the future.”

They added: “Concern was expressed by many owners and managers over the problems of disease in larch, with some already affected and others expecting infection to arrive in the future. Ash disease was another concern, with many fine stands containing ash entered in the competition. It was pleasing to see that, although many woods had suffered some windblow in the storms earlier in the year, owners and managers were getting to grips with the damage and moving on to restock where required.”