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Excellence in Forestry 2017 - open for entries

The 2017 Excellence in Forestry Awards are now open for entries - providing an opportunity for woodland owners in Eastern England and the Midlands to showcase the value they bring to local economies and communities.

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 David Brackley: Challenging woodland owners in Eastern England and the Midlands 

As the awards return to Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands for the first time in up to six years, the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is calling for entries from woodlands large and small and from those involved in inspirational woodland Education and Learning Projects.

Full details and entry forms are available here.

RFS Awards Co-ordinator David Brackley says: "Well managed woodlands contribute to the rural economy,  landscapes and biodiversity, and to the well being of rural and urban communities.

"These awards recognise the efforts of the many landowners and managers whose commitment and dedication to high standards of woodland management is contributing to the public benefit and inspiring others to learn from their example.

"We are also looking to recognise the very best in inspirational Educational and Learning Projects which help increase awareness, understanding and skills related to trees, woodlands and forests."

The four woodland categories - Duke of Cornwall Resilient Multipurpose Forestry, Silviculture, Small and Farm Woodlands and Urban and Community woodlands  - reflect the modern day challenges, both economic and environmental, faced by woodlands today. The Education and Learning Award is open to schools, colleges, universities and other recognised training providers.

Our thanks to sponsors John Clegg & Co, PEFC, Tilhill Forestry, TreesPlease and Tubex, and to our partners in the Farm and Small Woods category, RASE

Email EiF co-ordinator David Brackley at rfscompetition@btinternet.com or telephone David on 01772 451276 for further details. Entries close on 7 March 2017.