EiF Community Forest Award
Community Forestry Award winners 2013
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.
- 1st: Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington
The Woodlands, Clayton-le-Moors: from left, Cllr Miles Parkinson, Leader of Hyndburn Council; Mark Pickup, Hyndburn Council; Cath Holmes, Clayton Le Moors Prospect Panel; and presented by John Chapman, Vice Chair RFS North West Division, right. © Les Starling
The judges said: “I have never seen such commitment from so many people. There is tremendous involvement from children and schools in the woodland and from local artists. The woodland is heavily used and is well managed, with trees felled when necessary and good regeneration. They are clearly looking after the site.”
The win recognises years of hard work from local volunteers into expanding and improving the wood. The wildlife haven off Whalley Road in Accrington has been improved recently with woodland trails, wood carvings, wildlife and nature information boards and bicycle routes.
Volunteer Cath Holmes, from Clayton-le-Moors with Altham Prospects Panel said: “We are all really pleased that this oasis in the heart of Clayton has been recognised. It’s a testament to the hard work and the great cooperation between everyone involved.
“We have all come together with a common bond of caring about the woodlands, and a wish to conserve and look after it.”
Council leader Miles Parkinson, who is also a Clayton-le Moors with Altham Prospects Panel volunteer, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to bits. The woodlands is a wonderful resource for the whole community and a lovely green space in the heart of Clayton-le-Moors.
“A lot of work has gone on to make it accessible to all and I would like to say well done to everyone involved. If you haven’t seen it already come along and see what a fabulous community resource this is. Everyone is welcome.”
- 2nd: Northwich Woodlands, Cheshire
Mary Jeeves, Chair of Friends of Anderton and Marbury, Northwich, Cheshire and Chris Mosely, Cheshire West and Cheshire Council receive the award from John Chapman, Vice Chair RFS North West Division, right. © Les Starling
The judges said: “The woodlands cover a huge area under different ownership and guidance. The integrated organisation and co-operation between all parties concerned, including The Friends of Anderton and Marbury, Cheshire West and Chester Council, the Forestry Commission England, The Mersey Forest, and huge number of volunteers has resulted in a well-managed and heavily used woodland.”
The Mersey Forest is a growing network of woodlands and green spaces spread across Cheshire and Merseyside, which has been creating 'woodlands on your doorstep' for more than 20 years. The Forest is one of the leading environmental regeneration initiatives in the North West, comprising some 9 million trees – equivalent to five new trees for every person living within the Forest area.
Mary Jeeves, Chair of Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM), said: “We are tremendously pleased to have secured this award.
“Over the past few years FoAM, supported by a dedicated team of volunteers, has worked tirelessly with the Rangers to ensure that Northwich Woodlands is a great place to visit and a wonderful resource for the local community. It’s fantastic to receive recognition for our efforts.”