John Boddy Trophy

Charlotte Bromet presents the John Boddy Trophy to Mrs Rosanna James, with judges Graham Haddock, Catherine Wardroper ( RFS Yorkshire Division Chairman) and Jeremy Dick.

(Photo courtesy of Yorkshire Agricultural Society)

The Yorkshire Division were delighted to join forces with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society for the award of the 2019 John Boddy Trophy , with a cash prize of £400, which was presented in the Forestry marquee during a reception hosted by Savills at the 2019 Great Yorkshire Show.

The 2019 competition was for “a wood in Yorkshire   planted between 1990 and 2010 on previously unplanted land”. The winner was new RFS member Patrick James for his wood (p1993) with native broadleaves at West Farm, Sleightholmedale  in the North York Moors National Park and the trophy was presented by the President Elect  of the Show,  Charlotte Bromet, to Patrick’s mother, Rosanna, who had had the wood planted in 1993. Interestingly, the wood had won 1st prize at the 1997 Royal Show for “Best New Farm Planting”.

Graham Haddock, one of the judging panel, commended the quality of entries, commenting on the good silvicultural practice evident in the winning wood  and also the abundant flora that had developed. He also made special mention of the runners up, Mike Artley from Driffield (whose new wood , p 2002, is 57ha in extent)  ) and Tom Ramsden from Ripon  for a larch plantation.

Next year the Trophy (and accompanying cash prize) will be awarded to the best compartment ready for felling (any species, for clear or coupe felling).

Graham Haddock retires as a Great Yorkshow Show Forestry Steward after  30+  years, and Robert Sword (Chief Forestry steward) also retires after 27 years in that post.