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EiF Community Forest Award


2014 - RFS Ecellence in Forestry Community Woodlands Award Winner

This Award encourages and reward projects involving community woodlands and forests which have been established and managed in a way that is sustainable and beneficial to the landscape, the local people, biodiversity and the economy in both the short and long term.


 Excellence Gold Award

  • Winner Heaton Woods Trust, Yorkshire

The judges said: “This superb area with its old woodland, recent plantations, meadows, ponds and great views is testament to the efforts of a group of local residents who have created a wonderful resource which is used and enjoyed by local schools, groups and individuals.” Eifbestofenglad Communitywoodlandswinners Crfs 120914 Pt

Left to right: Brian and Richard Palframan receive the award from Col. George West

For Heaton Woods Trust, Richard Palframan said: “We are delighted that our work has been recognised, and to be named the top community woodland in England is a real honour. Since winning the regional award in 2009 we have been opening up new grasslands  and introducing more disabled paths to improve access for the whole community. We also excavated a memorial area where families can come and play and picnic.”


Excellence Silver Award

  • Silver Clayton le Moors Wood, Lancashire

The judges said: “The commitment of a range of people in the community has created a small haven which enhances this urban environment, which is used by a wide range of recreational users and many educational and local groups.”

Cath Holmes of Clayton le Moors with Altham Prospects Panel said: “We’re absolutely delighted thatThe Woodlands, an oasis in the heart of the town of Clayton, has been recognised yet again with this new award. It’s all down to the hard work and great co-operation between the many enthusiastic volunteers on the Panel, the Council’s Parks team and Councillors, who have all come together with a common bond of a great interest and enthusiasm for conserving and looking about the Woodlands.”