A SOCIETY are encouraging landowners in Berkshire to enter the Excellence in Forestry Awards (EIF) to celebrate woodland management across the county.

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) are urging woodland organisations to enter this years 2019 awards.

The Society hopes this will commemorate how woods across the region can positively benefit local communities and the environment.

Derick Stickler, chair of the Royal Forestry Societies Southern Division said: “We are looking to show how community woodland and small woods are important to areas which are relatively built up.

“Larger well managed woodland can bring benefits to an area over many generations and to uncover woodland learning projects which will inspire others around the country.”

There are five different categories to enter, they include Award for Silviculture Excellence, Duke of Cornwall’s Award for Resilient Multipurpose Forestry and the Small and Farm Woodland award.

Derick added: “We urge all woodland owners and organisations to enter, to help us spread the important messages of the benefits of healthy, resilient and well managed woodland."

The awards are open until Tuesday, March 5 and the winners will be presented with their awards on Friday, July 12 this year.

For more information visit https://www.rfs.org.uk/awards/excellence-in-forestry-2019/.