Silver Award for Teamwork

imagePhoto courtesy of Les Starling

Back in March Mersey Forest entered Northwich Woodlands into the Royal Forestry Society’s Excellence in Forestry Community Woodlands Awards. A few months later a visit by two of the judges meant the woodlands were through to the next round.

The two judges arrived on a beautiful late spring day with the bluebells and wild garlic in full flower. They spent a couple of hours walking around and asking some searching questions.

At the end of May we learned that Northwich Woodlands had won the second prize. Feedback from judges Tim Sawyer and Rob Guest included praise for the co-operative approach to the woodland’s management: “The woodlands cover a huge area under different ownership and guidance. The integrated organisation and co-operation between all parties concerned, including The Friends of Anderton and Marbury, Cheshire West and Chester Council, the Forestry Commission England, The Mersey Forest, and a huge number of volunteers has resulted in a well managed and heavily used woodland.”

The Awards were presented at Wythenshawe Hall on 3 July, Chris Moseley and Mary Jeeves receiving the certificate and a cheque for £500. FoAM now has to decide on an appropriate project for the prize money.

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