Calls for entries from Mayo for the Irish Forest and Woodland Awards

Susan Kellett of Crossmolina, who won the Bio-diverse Forestry Award in 2013.

Susan Kellett of Crossmolina, who won the Bio-diverse Forestry Award in 2013.

With less than a month to go until the closing date for entries for the 2016 Irish Forest and Woodland Awards, the RDS is calling on Mayo farmers, landowners, and community groups to enter now for their chance to share in the €10,000 prize fund.

The awards are Ireland’s only national forestry awards and are divided into three main categories which highlight, celebrate, and reward those who are at the forefront of economic, environmental, and community development of the forestry sector in Ireland. Entry is quick and easy with all information found on the RDS website.

RDS Agriculture chairman, Tom Kirley, said: “Everyone with woodland is encouraged to enter as all woodlands, large or small, are of merit. The woodlands and forestry of Mayo are some of the most productive and picturesque in the country, and we were delighted to present Ms Susan Kellett of Crossmolina, with the Bio-diverse Forestry Award in 2013. We know that there are many great people in the area that we have yet to recognise but they need to apply first to have a chance to win.”

Those involved in the forestry sector are encouraged to nominate their friends and neighbours if they think they are worthy candidates. The closing date for entries is Thursday June 30. Application forms are available at www.rds.ie/forestry or by contacting [email protected] or (01 ) 240 7215.

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