A PENNINE wood has been declared a winner.
The wood, much of it planted out by volunteers, has been labelled the best to take root in Yorkshire over the past five years.
Hemplow Wood, near Marsden, has won the John Boddy Rosebowl, awarded by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and adjudicated by the Forestry Commission.
Phillip Baxter, chairman of the Colne Valley Tree Society which created the new wood, will be presented with the award at the Great Yorkshire Show next Thursday.
With a dozen ancient oaks at its core, the last remnants of a woodland dating back centuries, the site claimed top prize in the competition under the Forestry Commission's Woodland Grants Scheme.
Mick Hoban, from the Forestry Commission, said: "There was stiff competition from hundreds of schemes, some much larger. But Hemplow stood out as being a very special place. The wood is flourishing under the society's care."
The Colne Valley Tree Society was set up in 1964 to plant up industrial eyesores.
Society member Guy Thompson, from Linthwaite, said: "The planting involved a great deal of hard work from our volunteers and community service teams who did a great job."