£1500 prize money for Royal Welsh woodlands competition
22 February 2013
Woodland owners throughout Wales, who have added value to their forestry business through diversification and sustainable management, are being invited to compete for £1500 in prize money in a special Royal Welsh Agricultural Society competition.
The ‘Woods for Wales’ competition, sponsored by Forestry Commission Wales, provides owners with a choice of three categories – recreation, commercial and social – and it replaces for this year only, the annual RWAS woodland competition which takes place in a different area of South, Mid and North Wales each year.
In the recreation category the judges will look for the best woodlands providing, for example, facilities for mountain biking, walking, horse-riding or pony trekking and orienteering.
In the commercial section the woodland projects may include music festivals, off-road trials, motor sport, holidays and catering, game shoots, processing woodland products or agri-forestry.
The third category is for the best woodland providing a link to education or health.
The overall winner will be selected from the first in each category.
Those entering the competition will be asked to state their objectives for the woodland and to list three benefits and the outputs the woodland delivers against each one.
They will also be required, in no more than 300 words, to describe why they believe they should be considered for the prestigious award.
Entries for the competition close on April 9 and the final three woodlands shortlisted in April. They will be invited to attend the Royal Welsh Show where the overall winner will be announced on the second day of the show, Tuesday July 23.