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Marking a moment in history: our QJF photo competition winners
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Congratulations to our 'Silviculture in Action'  Quarterly Journal of Forestry (QJF) Photo competition winners.

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In first place is Danny Kelliher’s stunning picture taken during his apprenticeship when he realised he was recording a moment in history at Swynnerton Old Park, Staffordshire.

He was completing an A4 tarrif for the final thinning of a Scots/Corsican block and says: “As I made my silvicultural selections and sprayed the trees I stopped to photograph the quality of the Corsican. It then dawned on me that I was potentially removing the last Corsican to ever grow on this ground due to Dothistroma and the PAWS status of the woodland. The loss of this key species as a viable timber tree just brought home the challenges facing the industry and the up and coming generation of forestry workers.”

In second place is Angus Hanton for acorns collected for planting in the autumn of 2020 in South London.

Third place goes to Ed Dolphin for ‘Woodland Worker’. Ed had been collecting data in Devon for the Woodland Trust’s phenology project, Nature’s Calendar.  The field maple flower had set out her stall with a rich supply of nectar to attract pollinators, but the worker ant is feasting on the nectar, getting a free meal having brought no pollen to repay the female flower!

Fourth place also goes to Angus Hanton for his dawn view across the Cleddau at Slebech Park in Pembrokeshire, Haverfordwest, West Wales, where the estate is actively managed for timber production and amenity. This photo is across the Cleddau Ddu estuary which is an SSSI home to Otters and Lampreys.

The QJF 2021 photographic competition 'People at work in the Woods' is now open for entries. The winner will receive a selection of recently published books: The Silviculture of Trees Used in British Forestry 3rd Edition by Peter Savill (RRP £85.50), Woodland Flowers by Keith Kirby, Evolving the Forest (co-edited by Simon Lloyd, Richard Povall and Jeremy Ralph) and a bottle of English sparkling wine.

Deadline for entries is 31st October 2021. Follow the link here 

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