Tilhill Enjoys Outstanding Success at Welsh Woodland Awards

Tilhill is delighted to have won 13 awards across a variety of different categories in the 2021 Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Woodlands Competition (RWAS).

The awards saw woodlands managed by Tilhill winning multiple Special Prizes including the ICF Challenge Trophy for the Best Professional Management in all Woodland Classes going to Tilhill Senior Forest Manager, Simon Miller.

The publicly accessed commercial plantation, Coed Llangdegla managed by Tilhill’s Wales team won awards in categories for Gold medal for Stand Class- Conifer planting or restocking under 10 years old, and conifer woodlands 11-30 years old and silver medals for ‘A Community or Public Access Woodland’ and ‘Best Managed Woodlands Over 200 hectares’. The woodlands also won two special prizes including the The Charles Shakerley Memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup awarded to the Best Conifer Entry in Stand Classes D, E & F and The RC Williams-Ellis Perpetual Challenge Cup and awarded to a Privately Owned Woodland gaining the highest cumulative number of points for the Stand Classes entered.

Hafod Boeth a 254 hectare, Tilhill managed, woodland won Gold for ‘Best Managed Woodlands Over 200 hectares’ the judges praised the property and commented:

“There are few woodlands in Wales that offer so much by way of challenges and great opportunities. Situated at the very centre of the Snowdonia National Park, with plenty of exposure to public interest in how the woodlands are managed. Partially a PAWS site, superb public access, challenging ground conditions, many archaeological sites, constant fire risk, with the Ffestiniog railway running through it, and throw in the very welcome Osprey’s nest.”

The same property was silver stand class winners for class D (Conifer planting or restocking under 10 years old) and class G (Area managed using LISS) and received a special prize for the EFG Perpetual Challenge Cup awarded for the ‘Best Entry into Woodland Classes 1,2,3 & 4).

Brenig, a 151 hectare privately owned plantation managed by Tilhill, established in the 1970’s and well into its second rotation has good access off the main road, and a fine series of access tracks and a quality well managed plantation won the silver award for Best Managed Woodlands (51-200 hectares).

David Edwards, Tilhill’s Forestry Director said: “We are very pleased with the success in this year’s awards. It’s great news for Simon Miller and the Tilhill teams who work so hard at sites across Wales and also for our clients as the awards give third party endorsement of the services they are receiving.

“Congratulations to all involved.”



Main Photo: From Left to right: Simon Miller, Tilhill Senior Forest Manager. Chris West, Head of Indirect Property, Church Commissioners for England, Aleksi Ehtee, Forestry Asset Manager, Church Commissioners for England.