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John Boddy Woodlands into Management Enterprise Award

The John Boddy Woodlands into Management Enterprise Award celebrates innovation in approaches to getting woods and forests into productive and sustainable management in Yorkshire and the North East and is awarded annually by the RFS Yorkshire Division and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

John Boddy Presentation Yas 
Lord Middleton, left, President Elect of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society presents Joe Rotherham with the John Boddy Woodlands into Management Enterprise Award

The Award was originally established by Boroughbridge-based John Boddy Timber, a family business.

The 2016 winner, Joe Rotherham of Rossmoor Park, Melbourne, York, was presented with his award at the Great Yorkshire Show by President Elect Lord Middleton of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Graham Haddock the Former Chairman of the RFS Yorkshire Division.

Joe's initiative in diversifying his woodland estate by starting a mobile sawmilling service impressed the judging panel which included Great Yorkshire Show Director Charles Mills, David Carter of the Royal Forestry Society, Jim Smith of the Forestry Commission and Martin Glynn representing the private forestry sector. 

Rossmoor Park has 25ha of mixed mature and plantation woodlands which are used for timber production and game rearing and holding. A United Kingdom Forestry Standard compliant management plan was prepared with the help of woodland consultant Chris Huxley of ADAS and approved in 2014 by the Forestry Commission. The management plan sets out the long term objectives of growing quality hardwoods for their own sawmill.

In 2015, Joe Rotherham set about a farm diversification venture to produce sawn planks, beams and boards from timber grown in their own woodlands and from local woodlands. Joe secured a Countryside Productivity Grant in 2015 and has purchased a mobile sawmill that will be used to process round logs into a range of sawn to size products for agricultural and construction use. This is a diversification opportunity for their established farm and forestry business. It provides a new income stream and will ensure continued employment for their present employee and it will create the potential for additional employment. Along with a new mobile sawmill they are constructing a new storage area where the mill can work and for the storage and seasoning of sawn products. As well as cutting their own timber and timber bought into the farm, he will offer a mobile sawmilling service for other local woodland owners.

Congratulations also went to two other shortlisted enterprises:

Raincliffe Wood Community Enterprise - a new community group established with the support of the Woodland Trust to manage Raincliffe Wood, a 220ha site near Scarborough.

Corners Warmers -  a family run firewood production and supply business based on their farm near Easingwold. The business was started as a farm diversification venture back in 2012.

Royal Forestry Society Yorkshire Division Chairman David Carter said: “This year’s award was a chance for forestry, woodland and agricultural enterprises across Yorkshire and the North East to celebrate innovation in approaches to getting woods and forests into active, productive, sustainable management.

" We have some really inspiring and innovative work going on in Yorkshire’s woodlands large and small, on farms, and in our towns and cities. This will ensure that the woodlands go on to flourish for many generations to come. Much of this work goes unrecognised but the John Boddy Trophy award is a good opportunity to demonstrate just how great their work is.”