#TheFutureIsForestry essay and video shortlist announced

7 February 2020

Six writers and three film-makers have been shortlisted for Confor's #TheFutureIsForestry essay and video prize - ahead of the presentation ceremony at Westminster on March 24th.

The original awards event, planned for November, had to be postponed after the announcement of the December 2019 election meant that Parliament was in recess on the scheduled date. 

The winners will now be honoured at a ceremony in the Churchill Room at the Houses of Parliament, from 4-6pm on March 24th - with three prizes of £500, £250 and £100 awarded in both the essay and video categories. Lord Goldsmith, the Forestry Minister - who met Confor CEO Stuart Goodall this week - has been invited to present the awards, which are sponsored by Tilhill Forestry, BSW Timber and the Forestry Commission. 

The subject matter for the essay and video prize was: How can farmers and landowners be motivated to plant more trees to deliver a wide range of benefits, especially mitigating climate change?  

Stuart Goodall, CEO of Confor, said: "We were delighted by the response to the awards and look forward to honouring our winners, just slightly later than expected! The question posed in our competition is mow more urgent than ever - we know we have to plant far, far more trees to tackle the damaging impacts of climate change and with the UK Government committed to increasing planting, understanding and addressing the different motivations to plant is even more critical."  

MPs for all the shortlisted entrants have been invited to attend the event, following an excellent turn-out of politicians at the first awards ceremony in 2018. Confor members and forestry stakeholders are also welcome to attend the event, where afternoon tea will be provided. Anyone interested in attending should email Neil Cuthbert - neil@publicaffairs.coop 

The six shortlisted essay-writers are:

  • Nathan Adams, Bangor University Masters student and Focus Consultants; 
  • Ellen Humphrey, Coed Cymru;
  • Jenny Knight, Birmingham Institute of Forest Science; 
  • Alex Malkin, Tilhill Forestry; 
  • Jay Williams, former Masters student, Harper Adams University;
  • Maeve Wright, Anderson Strathern (legal firm).

 The three shortlisted videos are:

  • Chris Court, freelance film-maker; 
  • Dan Haslam and colleagues, Scottish Woodlands Ltd; 
  • Pippa Paterson, former Graduate Rural Surveyor, Davidson and Robertson