EiF Multipurpose Award
Duke of Cornwall Multipurpose Woodlands 2013
This Award recognises how woodlands can be managed in a way that is sympathetic to the landscape, conserving and enhancing the wildlife value for both the short- and long-term, while remaining consistent with the primary purpose of sustainable timber production.
- 1st prize: Center Parcs Whinfell, Cumbria
John Clegg, left, presents the Duke of Cornwall Trophy to Ian Jack of the Lowther and Lonsdale estate for woodlands at Center Parcs, Whinfell in Cumbria. © Les Starling
The judges commented: “The woodlands are being managed in a way that allows more than 5000 visitors a week to enjoy the woodland cycle tracks and rides while still enabling timber to be grown and harvested commercially.
“There is also active management for red squirrels, and birds and a clear management plan which aligns commercial forestry with biodiversity and amenity.”
They also praised the Lowther estate Whinfell Forest woodlands near Penrith as: “The sort of woodlands any forester would want to produce. They are a first class example of multi-species woodlands with natural regeneration. To achieve this level of excellence, not only do the conditions need to be right on the ground, but also the management needs to be right.”
The woodlands form part of the forestry portfolio on the Lowther and Lonsdale estate, and are managed jointly by Ian Jack and Center Parcs staff. Whinfell Forest woodlands, also entered in the Excellence in Forestry Awards by the Lowther and Lonsdale estate, took second place for Silviculture.
Ian Jack says: “We are very honoured to receive these awards. A great deal of effort is put in by Lowther and Centre Parcs staff, and it is pleasing to see it is recognised in such a manner.”
- 2nd prize: Aconbury and Wallbrooks Wood, near Kingsthorn (Duchy of Cornwall's Hereford estate)
Ray Hall, left, foreman for the Duchy of Cornwall Aconbury and Wallbrooks Woodlands (part of the Hereford Estate) receives the award from John Clegg. © Les Starling
The judges commented: “This was an excellent example of timber production co-existing alongside public access and projects to protect dormouse and other flora and fauna. It is a well used woodland and a great example of rounded management.”
The woodlands are part of the Duchy of Cornwall’s Hereford estate and are being managed under a ‘close to nature’ or ‘continuous cover' approach. More than 95% of material produced from the woods is sold to sawmills, processors and energy users in Herefordshire, with about 5% used for building projects or agricultural fencing on the estate.
For the Duchy of Cornwall, Geraint Richards, Head Forester said: “Aconbury Wood, which includes Wallbrooks Wood, has been described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Duchy of Cornwall’s woodland estate. I am so pleased that this Award recognises the Duchy’s attempts to manage this historic and ancient woodland for multiple objectives.”