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We are delighted that two estates managed by Lockhart Garratt have won the 2017 Duke of Cornwall Award for Multipurpose Resilient Woods, receiving joint silver.

The Award recognises woodlands that are managed for ecological and economic resilience. This includes adaptation to environmental change such as pests, disease and the threat of climate change in order to meet commercial, environmental and/or social objectives.

The joint silver winners are:

Morton Hall, Retford, Nottinghamshire is a 78ha woodland estates derived from 19th and 20th century plantations and has been in the Mason family since the 1850’s.  The judges said:

“The long-term vision for the forest on this family estate is to develop attractive mixed-species woodlands with a varied age structure which are financially viable, produce quality timber and provide valuable habitat for wildlife.  A formal evaluation of the existing management plan in 2016 included an evaluation of potential climate change vulnerability.  A small pinetum dating from the early 20th century is being restored and contains around 100 tree species, which is audited to provide practical information on the performance of lesser-known species.”


Wakefield Lodge Estate Potterspury, Northamptonshire is a mixed estate on the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire borders.  Since the early 1980s all main blocks of woodland have been actively managed on a commercial basis.  The judges said:

“The management objectives for the woodlands on this mixed estate include timber production, landscape, private recreation, conservation (particularly achieving “favourable status” for the woodlands within an SSSI), and protection of historical features, as well diversification of the species composition in preparation for a changing climate and increased pest and disease incidence.  A programme of coupe felling and restocking uses a mixture of species and provenances, including selected sources of oak from the UK and France.”


It is great to see that our professional advice and support to both estates has assisted with them winning the award, and we look forward to working with them to continue to build on the successes, and who knows, maybe win Gold next year!


The full article and details of the other winners can be found on the RFS Website.

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