West Exmoor rangers win woodland excellence award

A view to Woody Bay

In 2014, the ranger team who look after the whole of the West Exmoor property decided to enter Woody Bay woods into the Devon Woodland Competition. They were pleasantly surprised when they heard that they were the winners of this prestigious prize and have now been to collect their trophy.

Comments from the judges

'Woody Bay is on the very northern edge of the county, comprising steep wooded slopes directly above the sea cliffs in a truly stunning location. The National Trust has worked hard with Forestry Commission funding regimes to clear dense rhododendron - at times through rope access - from areas of former oak coppice and areas of semi-natural woodland.'
'Fears of catastrophic wind blow, evident in the past, is leading to planned silvicultural intervention to ensure long term sustainability of this important coastal woodland habitat and the diverse range of rare species it supports. The diverse objectives are clearly identified in the management plan with the range of landscape, recreation, habitat structure, targeted species interventions, prevention of wind blow and small scale commercial end use such as firewood and charcoal.'

A proud moment collecting the trophy

The trophy was collected by Lead Ranger Julian Gurney and Ranger Marcus Wilde on behalf of all of the team. It was presented by David Parish, Honorary Director Devon County Show and John Lee Chairman of the Devon County Agricultural Association.