The bi-annual competition that recognises excellence among those businesses, landowners and individuals who manage Cornwall's valuable woodland and also add value to local timber closes for entries on Friday 8th March.
The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association’s (RCAA) forestry section run the competition and it covers all aspects of woodland including management, conservation and recreation.
Entries are welcomed from all types and sizes of business or landowner who have planted, maintained or renovated woodlands.
Classes require a minimum of just half a hectare (1.23 acres) of woodland, so the competition is not just aimed at large scale forestry enterprises, but also those with smaller areas.
RCAA secretary, Christopher Riddle, said:
"Entrants don’t require vast areas of woodland to qualify. We are looking at encouraging a much wider cross-section of those in Cornwall who own and manage woodland to get involved."
An additional class in the competition is aimed at local businesses who add value to Cornish round timber. Previous winners have included a timber hot tub and garden product manufacturer and a kiln dried firewood producer.
Entries are open for the following categories: newly planted conifer, broadleaved or mixed woods of between 0.5 to 20 between the age of 5 and 15 years; woods of 0.5 to 20 hectares renovated or undergoing renovation from a neglected state in the past 5 years; woods or significantly wooded parkland of 0.5 to 100 hectares of any age, used for environmental, conservation, landscape or recreation purposes; woods or compartment of woods of 0.5 to 20 hectares of more than 15 years in age, managed primarily for timber production; any business operating in Cornwall using and adding value to round timber produced in the county.
This year’s winners will be presented with their prizes at the Royal Cornwall Show (6 – 8 June). Entry details can be found by visiting www.royalcornwall.co.uk/competitors or obtained from Terry Herron by calling 01872 520325 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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