Well, thanks to the good folk at Woodlands.co.uk I have recently been the proud recipient of a 2017 Woodlands Award for one of the Best Woodlands Books of the Year for The West Yorkshire Woods: Part 1. It is particularly satisfying as this is a respected woodland management organisation and my layman's guide to woodland history and exploration in the Calder Valley has obviously met with their approval.

In their words, "The jurors agreed fully with the review by Dr David Shepherd, which appeared in Living Woods magazine, Spring 2017 (page 36). This is a remarkable book, packed with knowledge – the work of a dedicated enthusiast of woodland, filled with maps and illustrations and nuggets of information, presenting 21 walking routes. It includes sections on “How trees work”, woodland folklore, coppicing, charcoal burning and traditional woodland crafts, and woodland history. David Shepherd writes: “This volume is clear evidence of a labour of love in progress and I can’t fault it. The author’s careful attention to detail really does work out on the ground… Get this book and put your boots on, you’ll be a better person for it. Highly recommended.”

Full details of the award are at: http://www.woodlands.co.uk/awards/woodlands-awards-2017/award-winners/#books