John Boddy Trophy 2022
Broughton Sanctuary near Skipton won the prestigious forestry trophy at the Great Yorkshire Show.
The John Boddy Award celebrates and rewards excellence in forestry creation, design and management in Yorkshire. It has a different theme each year. This year focused on woodland creation.
The Award is organised and judged by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Royal Forestry Society and Forestry Commission. This year attracted the highest number of entries in recent years. They ranged from large-scale productive woodland, reclaimed pits and golf courses, to smaller scale amenity woodlands.
The 160ha Broughton Sanctuary scheme is part of an ambitious nature recovery programme to transform a third of the 1,200 hectare estate. New woodlands are increasing diversity, providing a high-quality retreat for visitors.They are also reducing flood risk further down the Aire catchment, as far as Leeds City Centre.
Funding and support were provided by the White Rose Forest via the England’s Community Forests Trees for Climate programme. the programme is part of the Government’s Nature for Climate fund.
Entries were judged by Tim Tolliss of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Ben Scotting of the Royal Forestry Society and Sam Cooper of the Forestry Commission. They were impressed by the scale, vision, and professionalism of the Broughton Sanctuary scheme.