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EiF Small Woodland Award


2014 - RFS Excellence in Forestry Small Woodlands Award Winners

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The RFS Excellence in Forestry Small Woodland Awards recognise and reward projects where smaller woodlands are managed on a multipurpose basis with clearly stated objectives. Woodlands may be recent or old but must have been established for at least 10 years and of a maximum size of 20 hectares.

 Excellence Gold Award

  • Winner Alvecote Wood, Staffordshire


The judges said: “Its the combination of a well-managed oak woodland and a young plantation with ponds and meadows to further enhance the wildlife, together with a positive and proactive approach to public use that makes this a woodland many would wish to emulate.”              Eifbestofengland Smallwoodlands Crfs 120914 Pt

Left to right: Stephen and Sarah Walters receive the award from David Biggs 

Owner, Sarah Walters said: “I couldn’t believe it when we won the regional award last year, and to be named Best of England this year is fantastic.”

Sarah and her husband Stephen Briggs are continuing to develop the wood and have extended coppicing to include  the management of a boundary hedge. They hold regular Open Days and recent innovations include a QR code trail which young and old can follow to download free woodland information and activities. For more information go to


 Excellence Silver Award

  • Silver Rawhaw Wood, Northamptonshire

The judges said: “The restoration of this neglected hazel coppice has been achieved with dedication, hard work and a belief that such woodlands can pay their way – and the resulting ground flora is remarkable.” Eifbestofengland Smallwoodlandssilver Crfs 120914 Pt

Left to right: Hugh Ross and Carolyn Church receive the award from David Biggs

The owners, Carolyn Church and Hugh Ross, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the award! Sadly our neglected Ancient Coppice woodlands have become the normal expectation of the general public. When we bought Rawhaw Wood we knew we were embarking on something of a restoration project. Our aim was that the wood should become a truly productive and sustainable venture. With good positive management we have recreated the biodiverse, vibrant and very beautiful habitat that is a working coppice woodland.”

For more on Rawhaw Wood, please visit