Lead Ranger Julian Gurney and Ranger Marcus Wilde are presented with the trophy. / National Trust/Julian Gurney
The Watersmeet and West Exmoor Rangers were very proud to be presented with the coveted ‘Stucley Perpetual Challenge Trophy’ this month.
They had entered Woody Bay woods in to the Devon Woodland Competition earlier in the year and have just been along to collect their prize.
The judges made the following observations about their entry when announcing that it had taken first place:
“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.”
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.