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2017 Urban and Community Forestry Award

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

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Entries are invited from woodland owners or managers from the private, public and voluntary sectorsfrom across Eastern England and the Midlands (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands).

There is no minimum area. Eligible projects are those that use trees, woods and forests to address one or more of the following:-

  • to improve the places where people live e.g. strengthening sense of place, improving derelict and degraded land
  • to bring benefits to people e.g. health and well-being, education and training, sport and recreation
  • to strengthen communities e.g. diversity and inclusion, volunteering and active citizenship
  • to enhance biodiversity and the natural environment

 The Award will consist of:-

First Prize:  A trophy (to be held for one year) with a cash prize of £500 and a Certificate.

Second Prize:  A cash prize of £250 and a Certificate.

Certificates of Merit:     These may be awarded at the judges' discretion.

Full guidelines and the entry form can be downloaded, right. The completed form should be sent by email to or by mail to RFS Excellence Awards, The Hay Barns,Home Farm Drive, Upton Estate, Banbury, OX15 6HU.

 An acknowledgement email will be sent to confirm that your application has been received.

The closing date for entries is noon on Tuesday 7th March 2017. The awards will be presented at Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne, Lincolnshire ( on Friday 14 July 2017.

Case studies featuring previous Small and Farm Woodlands award winners are available here.  


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