Royal Forestry Society launches 2011 Excellence in Forestry Awards

Woodland managers will honoured in the Royal Forestry Society's 2011 Excellence in Forestry (EiF) Awards and the best managed woodlands could win up to £1000.

Woodland owners and managers (private and public), community groups, farmers and schools in the East of England and East Midlands are all being urged to take part.

"Forestry has a great role to play in this country – helping to benefit local communities and to provide owners with a sustainable, and environmentally friendly, crop", said Royal Forestry Society (RFS) chief executive Dr John Jackson

"We are already aware of some very fine examples of woodland management in the East of England and East Midlands area, and look forward to seeing and recognising the very best there is."

Award catagories include Multipurpose Woodlands (Duke of Cornwall Award), Small Woodlands, Community Forestry, and Silviculture.

A Schools Award, honouring the most inspirational school project that promotes seed-to-saw learning about trees, is open to all schools and educational establishments and can encompass any project involving the growing or use of trees and wood.

"These awards were re-launched just two years ago and have already uncovered some wonderful examples of wise woodland management and fantastic teaching in Yorkshire, the North East and South East of the England," Dr Jackson added.

Entries are being sought from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex – together with all the Greater London Boroughs north of the River Thames.

There are prizes of £1000 for the winner and £500 for the runner up in each category. Entries must be received by 8 March 2011, and judging will be held in May and June 2011.

For further details and entry forms visit www.rfs.org.uk or email rfscompetition@boyns.net or



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