The Bede Howell Award for Excellence in Silviculture

This Award is to recognise and encourage exemplary silviculture in commercial woodland or compartments of established crops where wood production (quality timber or other commercial products) is the primary aim.

Entries are invited from forest owners or managers from the private, public or voluntary sectors.

  • The woodland entered must conform to the UK Forestry Standard requirements and guidelines and UKWAS requirements but need not be certified or under any grant scheme. All entries must conform to all legal requirements such as felling licences.
  • Compartments must be greater than two hectares in size that have been established. An individual tree is considered ‘established’ when it is growing satisfactorily and is not at risk from early weed competition or early nutrient deficiency.  An area is considered ‘established’ when there are sufficient  trees or stocking density to form a closed canopy in due course.
  • Woods must be at least two hectares. There is no upper limit for the area that can be entered into the competition, but entrants should be able to demonstrate the award-winning qualities of their site within a half-day visit from our judges.

First Prize: A trophy and £500 cash prize

Second Prize: A certificate and £250 cash prize.

For further information please see our Rules & Guidelines and Entry Form.

Winners will be announced at the EIF Awards Ceremony on 24 October 2024. Watch this space!