Tubex - specialists in shelter development - is sponsoring the RFS Silviculture Award and woodlands.co.uk is sponsoring a new category for Small Woodlands which incorporates the previous Farm Woodlands category.
RFS Chief Executive John Jackson said:
"The Excellence in Forestry Awards reward and highlight good forestry and woodland practice across the country. There are many good stories to tell. The support of two major players for these categories highlights how important the whole supply chain is in a seed-to-saw industry which continues to face challenging times.
"With increasing threats of exotic pests and diseases, the need for good forestry practice is an important message for all woodlands, whatever their size or primary purpose."
In 2011 the Excellence in Forestry Awards are being held in the East of England and East Midlands Regions - Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex – and the Greater London Boroughs north of the River Thames. In 2012 they move to the South West and to Wales in 2013. There are five categories – the Duke of Cornwall Multipurpose Award, Silviculture, Community Forestry, Small Woodlands and a Schools Award. Deadline for entries is March 8.
The Silviculture Award recognises and encourages exemplary best practice in silviculture in commercial woodlands where quality timber production is a primary aim.
Tubex UK Business Development Manager Paul Dean said: "As market leaders to the forestry industry for over 25 years we feel that it’s vitally important to help promote outstanding silviculture and timber production within UK Forestry. As an industry we have much to offer the future UK economy, and through carbon mitigation, our environment."
The Small Woodlands Award is open to woodland in a single discreet block or in neighbouring small units up to a total of 20ha.There is no minimum size.
Angus Hanton, director of woodlands.co.uk , says: "We are excited by the recent blossoming of activity in small woodlands and by the new approaches to woodland management that we are seeing. Small Woodlands are vitally important for biodiversity and are getting new people interested in forestry."