National award for Neroche and the Blackdown Hills
Neroche has won Silver in the prestigious Royal Forestry Society Excellence in Forestry 2012 - the premier forestry awards in England and Wales. The Award was given under the RFS Community Woodlands category, which "encourages and reward projects involving community woodlands and forests which have been established and managed in a way that is sustainable and beneficial to the landscape, the local people, biodiversity and the economy in both the short and long term". Alongside the recognition for Neroche, there was further accolades for the Blackdown Hills when John Greenshields, chair of the Blackdown Hills & East Devon Woodlands Association and founding member of the Blackdown Hills Trust, won the special 'Sylva Cup' award for his "extraordinary contribution to forestry and woodland management". The awards were presented at a ceremony at Westonbirt Arboretum in July. Full details at http://www.rfs.org.uk/node/816.