Excellence in Forestry Awards attracts impressive candidates

A new excellence award for tree services has drawn strong entries across all of the five categories, say the organisers.

The Excellence in Forestry Awards piloted by the Royal Forestry Society and the Forestry Commission include a community award celebrating local amenities.

Other categories include a schools' award recognizing approaches to learning about trees and woodlands, as well as a farm woodlands' award.

Entries for the new event were invited from across Yorkshire and the North East. The other two categories are the Duke of Cornwall's award for multipurpose forestry and the RFS Silviculture Award for woodlands growing high-quality timber.

RFS chief executive Dr John Jackson said: "All categories were well supported and we are delighted with the numbers of entries received.

"There is a lot of good work being carried out across the country within forestry and woodland management and it often goes unnoticed."

Judging the entries are author and forestry consultant Rodney Helliwell and Rod Leslie, Forestry Commission England's former Head of Programmes.

The results will be announced at the Great Yorkshire Show in July, said Dr John Jackson.

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