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Judges hit the road for RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards 2015

Judges in the RFS Excellence in Forestry Awards are facing a tough challenge as they set off next month to judge 25 Welsh woodlands and five schools after some of the most inspiring entries ever received in the competition.

So competitive have the entries from Wales been that judges have had to shortlist down to six woodlands in the RFS Woodland Creation Category, sponsored by Natural Resources Wales, and to five schools from a record entry of 19.

Shortlisted for the Woodland Creation Award are:

·        Bron Haul, Abergele, Conwy

·        Caia Community Woods, Caia Park, Wrexham

·        Coed Ysgubor Wen, Llanegryn, Tywyn

·        Cwm Fagor, Nr Devauden, Monmouthshire

·        Felin Senni, Heol Senni, Brecon.

·        Scotland Farm, between Trueddyn and Rhydtalog

Shortlisted schools are:

·        Builth Wells High School

·        Ferryside VCP School, Carmarthenshire

·        Pencoed Primary School, Bridgend

·        Portfield Special School, Haverfordwest

·        St Christopher's School, Wrexham

Awards co-ordinator Trefor Thompson says: "We have received a magnificent response from woodland owners and from schools from across Wales, reflecting the strength of woodland management across the principality. The very best in each category will have a story to tell to inspire both existing and future woodland owners and teachers."

Ceri Davies, NRW Director Knowledge, Strategy & Planning said: “We were impressed by both the number and quality of entries in this year’s awards and we are looking forward to revealing which woodland emerges as the winner.


“Sustainable woodland management makes an important contribution to the wider environment and we are pleased to have sponsored an award which recognises this.”


Judges will also be visiting a further 19 entries for the Duke of Cornwall (Multipurpose) Silviculture, Small and Community Woodlands Awards. The Awards will be presented in July at the RFS's magnificent Coast Redwoods woodlands in Leighton near Welshpool, the Charles Ackers Redwood Gove and Naylor Pinetum. 


·        The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is an educational charity and one of the oldest membership organisations for those actively involved in woodland management.

·        The RFS believes bringing neglected woods back into management and sharing knowledge on how to manage woods to a high standard is vital to the long term health of our woods and trees. Our policies identify what is required to ensure our woods deliver their full economic, environmental and public benefits.

·        For information on the RFS and our policies go to   

Natural Resources Wales is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body. Its purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future. For more information