Expectations are running high as the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) brings the Excellence in Forestry (EIF) Awards to the most densely populated region of England in 2019, London and the South East.
Awards coordinator Dr Rachel Thomas says: “In a region which is home to more than 18 million people we are looking to showcase the best of woodland management and woodland learning, to celebrate how woods can benefit health and wellness as well as local economies and the environment.
“We are looking to show how community woodland and small woods are important to areas which are relatively built up; how larger well manged woodland can bring benefits to an area over many generations and to uncover woodland learning projects which will inspire others around the country.
“We urge all woodland owners and organisations to enter, to help us spread the important messages of the benefits of healthy, resilient and well managed woodland.
The Awards are open until 5 March 2019 for applications from London and from Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Kent, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex (East and West), and Wiltshire.
There are five categories
• Award for Silviculture Excellence (Sponsored by Tilhill Forestry)
• Duke of Cornwall’s Award for Resilient Multipurpose Forestry (Sponsored by Savills and TreesPlease)
• Small and Farm Woodland (Sponsored by Forest Stewardship Council®)
• Community Woodland
• Education and Learning Award for schools, colleges, universities and other training providers (Sponsored by Forestry Journal and PEFC)
Full details are available here ( www.rfs.org.uk/awards/excellence-in-forestry-2019/) The awards will be presented on 12 July 2019 at the York Club, Windsor Great Park. The awards rotate every year and in 2020 they will be held across Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.