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NEWS RELEASE No: 1621624 MARCH 2014

Fantastic Forest Ranger Finalists Announced!

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South Forest Ranger competition - Joanna Magnuson age 12 entry

The Forestry Commission has today announced the shortlist for the Alice Holt Forest Rangers competition.

The competition will give two lucky young people the opportunity to find out what it’s like to be a Forestry Commission Forest Ranger for the day at Alice Holt Forest and get an insight into the inner workings of some of the South’s most beautiful woodlands. Entries from budding young rangers include posters, poems, letters, short films, and songs explaining what young people love about their trees and woodlands, you can see some of the shortlisted entries at

The final two winners – one from the primary school category and one from the secondary school category – will now be chosen by a panel that includes TV presenter Helen Skelton and announced in the next fortnight. Winners will also receive a £100 voucher for Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and a two night stay on one of 15 Camping in the Forest sites. All those that entered will be placed into a prize draw to win a free Alice Holt family Discovery Pass for a year.  

Helen Wallace, Learning Manager, Forestry Commission England explains:

“We’ve had a huge and extremely varied response to the competition and have enjoying reading, listening to and watching everyone’s entries. It’s clear a lot of hard work has gone into the entries and choosing a shortlist has been extremely tough, let alone choosing a winner, and we want to say a big well-done to everyone that took part.

“A very special thanks goes to our finalists too. These entries really stood apart and showed a real understanding of what makes our woodlands so important to people and wildlife, especially in the light of climate change and the constant threat and emergence of tree diseases and pests we face.”

Those shortlisted are:

Primary school age finalists (year 5 & 6)
• Allie Jones
• Amy Harris
• Lydia Thomas
• James Cracknell
• Jasmine Price
• Lily Bradbery
• Hannah Mortimer
• Annabel Craddock
• James Matson 
• Amelia Gunn-Dalby
• Tilly Heron
• Amelia Hickman
• Catlin Gallacher
• Isabella Beck
• Max Foskett
• Iestyn Cocksworth-Jones
• Rhianna Woods

Secondary school age finalists (year 7 to 9)
• Emily Houghton
• Thomas Kemp
• Natasha Selby
• Cheska Davison-Poltock
• Katherine Jackson-Challen
• Verity Powell
• Amy Colliers
• Henry Thake
• Joanna Magnuson

Every year, more than 420,000 people visit Alice Holt forest, but very few of them get to see what goes on behind the scenes. There are many types of ranger, from Recreation Rangers to Wildlife Rangers, and nationwide they play a critical role in protecting and improving more than 250,000 hectares of woodland. They are the hidden face of England’s forests, and the Forest Ranger competition seeks to raise the profile of what they do and give young people the opportunity to learn about an industry that contributes £4.1bn to the economy.

Notes to editors:
1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For more information, visit

2. The Forestry Commission works with hundreds of schools in the district every year. For more information, visit
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