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Excellence Awards for 14 top woodlands and woodland projects
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Fourteen woodlands and woodland projects from across London, Southern and South East England wowed the judges in this year’s RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards which were presented at the York Club, Windsor Great Park on 12 July.

Up against tough competition in each class, the winners vary from large estates to small woods and community woodlands with each proving outstanding – from their long-term visions to their day-to- day operations.

Winners were: 

Duke of Cornwall's Award for multipurpose resilient forestry (sponsored by Savills and TreesPlease)

  1. 1. Bramshill Plantation managed by South England Forest District, Forestry England at Yateley, Hampshire,
  2. 2. Bagley Wood, St John's College, Kennington, Oxford


Silviculture Award (Sponsored by Tilhill Forestry)

  1. 1. Shere Manor Estate, Bray Family, Shere, Surrey
  2. 2. Heathlands Copse, Cowdray Estate, Midhurst, West Sussex
  3. 3. Certificate of Merit: Hole Park Estate, Edward Barham, Rolvenden, Kent


Small and Farm Woodland Award (Sponsored by FSC)

  1. 1. Lot 3 Wood, Riki Therivel, Hinksey Hill, Oxford
  2. 2. Great Groves Wood, Great Groves Settlement, Brickendon, Ware , Hertfordshire
  3. 3. Certificate of Merit: Beatons Wood, John McCutchan, Arlington, East Sussex


Community Award

  1. 1. Pondhead Inclosure, managed by Pondhead Conservation Trust in partnership with Forestry England,,New Forest, Hampshire
  2. 2. Jeskyns Community Woodland, Forestry England, Cobham, Kent
  3. 3. Certificate of Merit:  Vert Woods Community Woodland CBS, Laughton, East Sussex


Education and Learning Award (Sponsored by Forestry Journal and PEFC)

1.  Little Birds Forest Nursery Bury CE School, West Sussex

2 =  Little Gate Project, Beckley, East Sussex

2 =  Mottingham Hall for Children, Nursery Farm & Forest School, South East London


EIF co-ordinator Rachel Thomas said: “A huge thanks to all who entered and to all our judges. We had a record entry and the standards were extremely high. Our thanks also to all our sponsors without whom the awards would not be possible and to our judges for their wisdom, enthusiasm and generosity in the time they have spent assessing some of the best woodland and woodland projects in the country.”

Further details on all 2019 winners and what the judges said here 

In 2020 the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards will be held across, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Details for entries will be available shortly