#TheFutureIsForestry prize set for launch

21 May 2019

Confor's expanded #TheFutureIsForestry prize will be launched in June - with an added competition for film-makers.

The prize invites students and young professionals to create a short film or write an essay on the future of the industry - with £500 for the best essay and best video and runners-up prizes of £250 and £100 in each category.

The subject (for both categories) is: How can farmers and landowners be motivated to plant more trees to deliver a wide range of benefits, especially mitigating climate change?

Anyone aged 30 or under - and students of any age - can enter an essay of up to 1500 words (plus visual materials and accompanying text) and/or a video of 1-2 minutes.

There will be three prizes in each category - of £500, £250 and £100 - and the winners will receive their prizes at a presentation evening at the Houses of Parliament.

The competition - sponsored by Tilhill Forestry, BSW Timber and Forestry Commission - will be launched at a Westminster reception of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry on June 11th.

Last year's winner, Harper Adams Masters student Lorna Johnson, will read from her winning essay at the launch event.

Full entry details will appear on Confor's website immediately after the launch event and entries will close on Monday 14th October. The presentation of the awards will take place at Westminster on November 26th. [View the pictures from last year's presentation evening here]

Confor CEO Stuart Goodall said: "We had an excellent and positive response to the essay prize last year and the presentation evening was a wonderful event, with students and young industry professionals mixing with a wide range of forestry stakeholders and politicians. We have had a very encouraging response to the additional video prize and think this year's competition will be even bigger and better.

"Everyone involved in the programme is committed to developing future talent and linking our students and young professionals into the wider forestry and wood processing industry."

Peter Whitfield, Business Development Director of Tilhill Forestry, said: "Everyone at the reception was thoroughly impressed by the calibre of the young winners and their entries. The future looks bright for forestry and wood in 2019 and Tilhill and BSW are very happy to sponsor for this excellent and innovative competition." 

The launch event is in The Churchill Room, Houses of Parliament, 630pm for 7pm until 830/9pm on Tuesday June 11th. It is a free event, but you must book. If you wish to attend, email Neil Cuthbert