Barcham Trees sponsors new £5,000 urban-trees award for local authorities

Barcham Trees has launched an award to be presented annually to a local authority which has demonstrated outstanding urban forestry management.

The winning authority will be presented with £5000 worth of 12-14cm girth containerised trees suitable for immediate urban planting.

The closing date for submissions and supporting documents in hard copy to the nursery's sales director Keith Sacre is 31 July 2010.

The presentation of a specially-commissioned trophy, to be held by the winner for a year, will be made at the Arboricultural Association's 44th Annual Amenity Arboriculture Conference at Manchester University, 12-15 September 2010.

Entrants will be judged against criteria which include possession of a tree strategy and management system, community involvement, TPOs and development sites and sustainable working practices.  The independent judging panel will comprise Dr Mark Johnston MBE,  research fellow at Myerscough College, consultants Jeremy Barrell and Les Round, and Trees and Design Action Group chairman Martin Kelly.

The award is made on the understanding that the trees given by Barcham Trees will be planted in a part of the winning authority's district which has less than average tree cover and that they will receive adequate post-planting maintenance.

For further information about the Barcham Trees award, telephone Keith Sacre on 01353 720748 or e-mail keith@barchamtrees.co.uk


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