As part of the 25 years celebrations of the National Forest three awards have been given in recognition of achievements in Woodland Creation, Woodland Management and Woodland Communities, Heartwood being nominated in the Community. Ben, Chris and Kev attended the ceremony on the 25th November at Staunton Harold Hall and although we did not win the group, we were able to share the stories and background of the many excellent projects entered in the scheme from across the forest.

The winners in the Community category were Hall Farm Community Education Enterprise Projects (CEEP). They provide a wide range of community based activities including training and skill development for people who may otherwise not experience such opportunities. With little funding and a great deal of enthusiasm they have created an environment for teaching and learning garden and woodland skills

It is our aim to achieve nomination again for future award schemes, with the development of the group driving further recognition in the wider community.

The winner of the woodland creation category was Catton Estate and the Management award went to Peppa Wood. A full list of the nominations is available.