Excellence in Forestry 2010 – winners announced
Forestry is on the move in South East England, and a strong combination of inspiring enterprise and stunningly beautiful woods dominated England’s premier forestry competition, the RFS Excellence in Forestry 2010, say the judges.
The competition, which is organised by Royal Forestry Society (RFS), rotates around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 2010 it was held in association with Forestry Commission England in the South East and Southern Boroughs of London.
Duke of Cornwall’s Award for Multipurpose Forestry
Joint 1st - Hampton Estate, Farnham, Surrey and
Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, on the Hampshire/Sussex borders
Certificate of Merit: The Crown Estate, Windsor, Berkshire
1st Wilderness Wood, Uckfield, East Sussex
2nd Leconfield Estate, Petworth, West Sussex
Certificate of Merit: Torry Hill Estate, Sittingbourne, Kent
1st Upton Park Farms, Old Alresford, Hampshire
2nd Shelswell Estate, Bicester, Oxfordshire
1st Breach Wood, Witney, West Oxfordshire
2nd Westwood Woodland Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire
Forestry judges Roderick Leslie, and Simon Hewitt, both woodland management experts in their own right, and former leading lights in the Forestry Commission, said: “Forestry is on the move in the South East. A feeling of optimism is being driven by rising fuelwood prices and many entrants are making money from their forestry. But, in this very competitive 34-strong entry, it was the combination of inspiring enterprise and stunningly beautiful woods that was so exciting. We came away buoyed up by the enthusiasm of the people we had met and the hardest task of our two week tour was choosing winners.”
The schools award was judged by Susannah Podmore, the Forest Education Initiative Co-ordinator for England and by and Mike Flinn, of Forest Enterprise Tay District.
Ist Bladon C of E Primary School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Joint 2nd, Ifield School, Gravesend, Kent, and
Moulsecoomb Primary near Brighton, E. Sussex
Special Commendation to Helen Martin,Hheadteacher of Lavington Park Federation, Graffham Infants and Duncton C of E Junior Schools, Petworth, W. Sussex.
The awards are being presented at the Bentley Weald Wood Fair on 17 September.
In 2011 the competition travels to East Anglia, Eastern England and Greater London Boroughs north the River Thames. For an overview of the competition, click Here.
More details about the winners, and the judges' comments are in the PDFs, attached.
The Royal Forestry Society thanks all its sponsors: the Forestry Commission England;, Woodmizer UK (Farm woodland Award); ECL Howard Watson Smith (Schools Award); Fencing & Landscaping News (Silviculture Award); Woodlands for Sale (Duke of Cornwall award).
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