Forestry Commission competition promotes community forests

Community forests are being given a big profile boost in a new competition thrown by the Forestry Commission.

The award celebrates tree-planting initiatives that form strong local amenities. It is aimed at woodland or forestry owners and managers, said co-organiser the Royal Forestry Society.

"Forestry has good stories to tell," said society chief executive John Jackson. "These awards match the broad remit of forestry and woodland management in the 21st century.

"They will raise the profile and understanding of active management of woodlands and will help showcase best practice across a range of different woodland types."

Five categories include the community forestry award. Another is for a multi-purpose woodland managed for several aims like recreation and public access.

Woods producing good-quality timber, farms that use trees as an important part of their business plans, and schools that teach about trees will also win awards.

The competition is open to individuals, companies, schools, local authorities and voluntary groups and winners will be chosen next July.

The competition starts in Yorkshire and the North East and spreads to the south east in year two, followed by East Anglia, east Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Closing date for entries for 2009 is 9 March 2009. Contact Trefor Thompson on 01824 704230 or email

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