On the 26th May 2016, London City Hall hosted a celebratory awards event to celebrate the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital’s tree and woodland cover.
Leonie Cooper (Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee) and Sir Harry Studholme (Chair of the Forestry Commission) attended the event and congratulated everyone in London for their hard work.
Photos from the awards evening are available from the FC Flickr page
The aims of the awards are:
· To celebrate the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital’s tree and woodland cover
· To inspire others to manage their trees and woodlands
· To raise the profile of London’s trees / woodlands and the need for management
1. Community Woodland Creation Award for a woodland project that have been inspired, driven, and delivered by local community groups.
Winner: King George’s Field Edible Urban Woodland - Trees for Cities, Unilever and LB Ealing.
2. Community Woodland Management Award for a woodland project that have been inspired, driven, and delivered by local community groups.
Winner: Friends of Selsdon Wood.
Highly Commended: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
3. Community Tree Award for tree projects that have been inspired, driven, and delivered by local community groups.
Winner: Brockley Society Tree Committee.
4. Acorn Award for members of the public who have made a particular contribution to promoting or conserving trees.
Winners: Margaret Berger, Jan Hewlitt, Peter Leon and Anne Mayo of Gunnersbury Triangle Local Nature Reserve.
Highly Commended: Kathleen Healy
5. Trees and Development Award recognises the importance of integrating trees into developments and highlighting the valuable role that trees play.
Winner: Dalston Square – J&L Gibbons, Barratt London and LB Hackney.
6. The Tree Council Trees and Learning Award for a project that has engaged and involved children of any age up to 16.
Winners: Willowdene School and the Urban Orchard Project.
7. London Tree Officers Association Individual Commitment Award for an individual employed professionally within London who has shown consistent dedication and commitment over a prolonged period.
Winner: Rupert Bentley Walls.
“The Awards help raise awareness of the fantastic work taking place in London. I hope they inspire others to plant and manage trees that help ensure the capital remains one of the most attractive cities in the world to live and invest in ” – Craig Harrison, Forestry Commission London Manager
The awards were kindly sponsored by AWC Tree Health Ltd, Bartlett Tree Experts, Derwent London and Woodland Trust.
The award categories and window for nominations for the 2017 awards will be announced in early 2017. If anyone is interested in sponsoring the awards please contact Craig.firstname.lastname@example.org