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WOODLANDS AWARDS 2018

The Woodlands Awards are now in their second year, after the successful launch in 2017.

We have made a few changes, but the intention remains the same: to celebrate – and give due recognition to – all the wonderful and innovative things that are taking place in the woodlands sector year on year.

The competition rules say that winners cannot win an award in the same category two years in a row, but there is nothing to stop them entering (or being entered) in another category.

And this year we have two new categories to consider: Best Woodland Sculpture, and – just for fun – Best Woodland Hair (or/and Beard).

Awards categories

There are fourteen awards altogether, divided into two groups: awards for individuals (woodland owners and users) and awards for enterprises (woodland organisations, businesses, educational programmes and so on).

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS: 31 JULY 2018.
Entries should be sent to: awards@woodlands.co.uk

Terms & Conditions

HOW THE AWARDS WILL BE JUDGED

A panel of judges will draw up a shortlist of the best entries, and then award the prizes. There may be a number of winners: all entries judged to be of equally high merit will be awarded a First Prize (i.e. no Second, Third).

Prizes will be awarded at the end of August 2018. Winners will be contacted by email.

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Click on each of the awards to learn more about them, the judges’ criteria for making the award, and the prizes.

Awards for individuals

Awards for enterprises

Awards

Best Woodland Blogs

DESCRIPTION
We’re looking for the best blogs about woodlands: engaging, succinct, informative, funny – any or all of these things!
Must include blog posts written between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018. Can be published or unpublished.

PRIZES
The prize will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool – and recognition!
Links to the winning published blogs will be posted on www.woodlands.co.uk
Winning unpublished blogs will be posted on www.woodlands.co.uk

HOW TO ENTER

  • Send us a link to a woodland blog you have written; or
  • Recommend a woodland blog that you think deserves a prize; or
  • Submit a new, unpublished blog post/article.

Best Small Woodland Websites

DESCRIPTION
We’re looking for the best small woodland websites – websites created by owners or users of woodland that demonstrate their passion and knowledge, and perhaps their trials and tribulations. Good website design, presentation, navigation, writing, photography and/or illustration may also tip the balance towards an award.

PRIZES
The prize will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER

  • Send a link to your own small woodland website; or
  • Recommend a small woodland website that you think deserves a prize.

Best Woodland Photography

DESCRIPTION
Calling all woodland photographers: submit your best, most evocative, most moody, most stunning and romantic photos for a chance to win this prize. Woodland scenery, nature, activities, shelters, in detail or writ large: all welcome!

PRIZES
The prize will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Submit your best photos to awards@woodlands.co.uk

Note: it is particularly important in this category to study and observe the Terms & Conditions regarding copyright ownership and permissions.

Best Woodland Sculpture

DESCRIPTION
Generally speaking, woodland sculptures are made of natural or found materials and located in a woodland setting. But they can take many forms – from large abstract shapes to detailed, realistic or fanciful likenesses of animals or people. We are looking for woodland art that shows skill and imagination, and a strong bond with the woodland environment. Chainsaw carvings, mud or clay sculptures, mobiles, geometric shapes using basketwork techniques – anything is possible. The pieces in question can be permanent or ephemeral – all you have to do is capture them in a photograph.

PRIZES
The prize will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Submit your photo(s) of the sculpture, along with a brief description (up to 250 words) to awards@woodlands.co.uk. If this is not your own work, you will need to submit also the artist’s permission in writing. See Terms & Conditions.

Best Woodland Tool Recommendations

DESCRIPTION
Is there a woodland tool that you really, really like and want to tell the world about? It could be a traditional hand tool, or the latest labour-saving power tool. What we want is your personal recommendation – and the most persuasive, convincing entries win!

PRIZES
The prize, given to the entrant(s) who submit(s) the most convincing review(s), will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool. The manufacturer(s) of the winning tool(s) will also receive an award certificate – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Write a short article (up to 250 words) describing what makes this tool so special. You can accompany your entry with photographs, or a link to the manufacturer’s website.

Note: Submissions for this award cannot be made by employees of the manufacturer or a commercial distributor of the tool recommended, or their families or associates. (We don’t want commercial plugs!) See Terms & Conditions.

Best Whole Wood Owners’ Coordinators

DESCRIPTION
Individuals who work to promote and protect the combined interests of the multiple owners of whole woods deserve recognition for their hard work, commitment and diplomacy. This award is designed to celebrate good practice, and to shine a light on examples that others might follow.

PRIZES
The prize, awarded to the winning co-ordinator(s), will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Individual owners, or groups of owners, can put forward the names of candidates who deserve to be considered for this prize. A brief description of the candidate’s merits as a co-ordinator (up to 250 words) should be accompanied by full contact details.

submit also the artist’s permission in writing. See Terms & Conditions.

Best Woodland Hair (or/and Beard)

DESCRIPTION
“Woodland Hair” is the name given by hair stylists to way of dressing hair with dainty crowns of wild flowers, and maybe leaves and berries – particularly favoured for weddings. We would be happy to see submissions along those lines, but we would also encourage any wilder approach that expresses the elemental nature of woodlands – and woodland enthusiasts. “Through-the-hedge-backwards” hair, extravagant hair-dos decorated with twigs and fir cones, lumberjack beards (or fake lumberjack beards for all the family), even just the natural, windswept look that follows a day of brashing – what we are looking for is a photo that says: “This really is Woodland Hair!”

PRIZES
The prize, awarded to the person(s) with the winning hair (and/or beard), will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool – and recognition! (Note: group entries can only receive one prize.)

HOW TO ENTER
Submit a photo (or several) or yourself or a friend that exhibits woodland hair (and/or beard). Note: because you will be submitting photographs of people, it is particularly important in this category to study and observe the Terms & Conditions.

Best Woodland Contractors

DESCRIPTION
This is an opportunity for woodland owners to give recognition to the good work of their favourite professional woodland contractors: individuals or businesses contracted to perform specialist woodland tasks such as tree planting, harvesting and extraction, creating tracks, building shelters or any aspect of woodland maintenance and management.

PRIZES
The prize, given to the winning Contractor(s), will consist of an award certificate – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Recommend your favourite woodland contractor, with an appraisal of up to 250 words, plus full contact details. In judging the award, special attention will be given to such considerations as the recommended contractor’s safe working practices and proven record in minimising damage and disruption to the woodland. Please provide full contact details (for you and the Woodland Contractor in question).

Note: Submissions for this award cannot be made by contractors themselves or their employees, their families or associates. See Terms & Conditions.

Best Forest Schools

DESCRIPTION
Forest Schools offer hands-on learning experience in woodlands (or other natural environments), mainly to young people – a priceless contribution to the public understanding of woodlands and nature. Forest Schools are a growing movement, and this award offers recognition to the best of them.

PRIZES
The prize, given to the winning Forest School(s), will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Write a personal recommendation (up to 500 words) of a Forest School that you think deserves the award. Submissions can be made by parents of learners attending a Forest School, or the learners themselves – and Forest Schools are invited to encourage them to do so. You can supplement your submission with photographs (but this is optional). Please provide full contact details (for you and the Forest School in question).

Note: Submissions for this award cannot be made by the organisers, staff or teachers/trainers of the recommended Forest School that is the subject of the submission. See Terms & Conditions.

Best Woodland Courses

DESCRIPTION
Woodland Courses provide vital training in all aspects of woodland management and activities (tree identification, pest control, timber grading, chainsaw use, coppicing, wood turning, hurdle-making, spoon-carving and so on). Here is a chance to publicise your appreciation of a woodland course that has proved especially worthwhile and/or enjoyable, and which you think deserves an award and recognition.

PRIZES
The prize, given the winning Woodland Course(s), will consist of an award certificate – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Write a personal recommendation (up to 500 words) of a Woodland Course that you think deserves the award. You can supplement your submission with photographs (but this is optional). Please provide full contact details (for you and the Woodland Course in question).

Note: Submissions for this award cannot be made by the organisers, staff or teachers of the recommended Woodland Course that is the subject of the submission. See Terms & Conditions.

Best Community Woods

DESCRIPTION
Community Woods provide a whole host of benefits that flow both ways. They connect people with nature and deliver a broad range of social, environmental and economic public benefits (such as opportunities for outdoor recreation or the supply of woodfuel). They can also be of great benefit to the woods themselves: work undertaken can improve woodland habitats and restore native woodlands. The award seeks to give recognition to Community Woods that work particularly well, and make a special contribution to community life.

PRIZES
The prize, given to the organisers/owners of the winning Community Woods, will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Write a personal recommendation (up to 500 words) of a Community Wood that you think deserves the award. You can supplement your submission with photographs (but this is optional). Please provide full contact details (for you and the Community Wood in question).

Best Woodfair Trade Stands

DESCRIPTION
This award celebrates the work and ingenuity that goes into creating the best stands at Woodfairs. Stands of any kind and scale will be considered. We are looking for innovation, creativity, clever design and clarity of purpose.

PRIZES
The prize, given to the winning Woodfair Trade Stand(s), will consist of an award certificate – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Write a short description (up to 250 words) about a Woodfair Trade Stand that you think works particularly well – it could be your own! Please supply details of the Woodfair(s) where the stand appeared, plus photographs.

Best Woodland Books of the Year

DESCRIPTION
What were the best books about woodland and all woodland matters this year? Was it a gloriously illustrated book about trees, or a well-presented practical book about woodland management, or a personal memoir? All could qualify, as long as they were published between January 2017 and July 2018.

PRIZES
The prize, awarded to the authors of the winning books, will consist of an award certificate, a selected woodland book and a woodland hand tool. The publishers of the winning books will also receive award certificates – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Simply email us with details of a book that you think qualifies. Recommendations are welcome from authors, publishers and the reading public.

Best Regional and National Woodland Organisations

DESCRIPTION
Many of the UK’s Regional and National Woodland Organisations do a wonderful job promoting and supporting the woodlands sector in various ways, be it supporting the interests of woodland owners, promoting awareness of woodlands, actively campaigning for the protection and preservation of woodland, and so on. Which of them has made a particular mark – deserving the title Regional and National Woodland Organisation of the Year?

PRIZES
The prize will consist of an award certificate for the winning organisation(s) – and recognition!

HOW TO ENTER
Send us a short appreciation (up to 250 words) of the Regional and National Woodland Organisation that has particularly won your approval, explaining what makes it stand out.

Note: Submissions for this award cannot be made by anyone directly involved (employees, volunteers) in the organisation that is the subject of the submission. See Terms & Conditions.

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