After the Royal Forestry Society’s Excellence in Forestry awards for 2020 were delayed due to the pandemic, judging was able to take place in 2021 after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the winners have been announced.
There are five categories of awards and judges praised the quality, quantity and variety of entries and shortlisted 21 sites.
The judges said:
“We finished judging confident that the forest industry has a great deal to offer the people in each country. We saw employment created, landscapes protected and the environment improved. We saw people eager to learn and set something valuable aside for their children and grandchildren, and real benefits provided for local communities.”
Congratulations to all of our members who have been recognised for their excellent work in managing our trees and woodlands.
RFS Award Winners 2021
Duke of Cornwall Award for Resilient Multipurpose Forestry
- Coed Caeaugwynedd, Llanfyllin, Powys, Coed Caeaugwynedd, Llanfyllin, Powys, owned and managed by Keith and Decia Blacker/ Edistone Limited
- Llanover Estate, Monmouthshire, managed by Andrew Bronwin MICFor on behalf of Trustees of Llanover
Certificates of Merit: Powis Castle Estate, Welshpool, Powys managed by Andrew Bronwin MICFor on behalf of Trustees of Powis Castle Estate; Shane’s Castle Estate, Co. Antrim, owned by Shane O’Neill and managed by William Magowan/ Shane O’Neill
RFS Award for Excellence in Silviculture
- Llangoed Estate, Builth Wells, Powys, owned by Gerard and Jane Chichester and managed by Andrew Bronwin MICFor
- The Myarth, Glanusk Estates, Brecon managed by Andrew Sowerby MICFor
Certificate of Merit: Largybeg Wood, Baronscourt Estate, Co. Tyrone, owned and managed by Abercorn Estates
Community Woodland Award
- Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Meigh Co. Armagh. Owned and managed by DAERA Forest Service
- Llyn Parc Mawr, Anglesey, managed by Tim Peters on Welsh Government land managed by NRW
Small and Farm Woodland Award
- Bron Haul near Abergele, Conwy, owned and managed by David Brown and Dr Ruth Pybus
Portloughan Farm, Strangford, Co. Down, owned and managed by David and Alison Sandford
Certificate of Merit: Wurthymp Wood near Wrexham owned and managed by Daniel Ackerley
Education and Learning Award
- Coleg Glynllifon Further Education College, Gwynedd
- School of Natural Sciences, Bangor University.
Certificate of Merit: Nature’s Classroom, Creggan Country Park, Derry
We wish to acknowledge and thank all of our members who were involved with with the awards as a judge, including Bryan Elliot and Malcolm Beatty OBE FICFor.