FOUNDERS of an initiative set up to safeguard the future of a historic wood and help bring more people closer to nature have been recognised for their work.

Duncan and Emma Davids have been appointed woodland ambassadors by the Forestry Commission.

The couple run the hugely-successful Woodsworth Exploring woodland campsite, at Oakworth.

In its first year alone, the scheme saw over 1,800 campers sleep onsite – enabling a large investment in terms of both training and equipment to improve the site, following a Forestry Commission-approved woodland management plan.

A commission spokesperson says: "Duncan and Emma set up Woodsworth Exploring to generate a sustainable income that funds management of their existing woods.

"They also help other landowners manage woodlands through their tree services, management and ecology company, Woodsworth Managing.

"They are passionate about creating outdoor spaces, ensuring that nature can flourish for future generations and finding ways for people to enjoy woodland with minimal impact.

"Their appointment as ambassadors recognises the contributions to woodland management and conservation that have been made through their companies."

Duncan said he and Emma were "really proud" to become ambassadors.

He added: "It’s a great opportunity to contribute to the developing nature of the woodlands in our county."

In their new role, the couple are hosting an event – Managing a Sustainable Woodland for Nature and People – at the Woodsworth Exploring site, in Slaymaker Lane, on Thursday, June 20.

They will share their experiences of transforming the 10-acre woodland.

Attendees will learn about sustainable woodland management and the support available from the Forestry Commission.

The event – organised by the commission – is designed to be particularly beneficial for people new to woodland ownership, or considering planting woodlands.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Attendance is free, but space is limited so booking is essential.

People can choose from two sessions – 10am to noon, or 1pm to 3pm.

Visit, where people can reserve a slot at the morning session or follow a link to the second.

Alternatively, email the Forestry Commission Yorkshire and North East area team on

The Forestry Commission supports and promotes sustainable woodland creation and management across England.

Its spokesperson adds: "The woodland ambassador programme exemplifies this commitment by connecting individuals with a passion for forestry."

Other ambassadors in the region are Terry and Tracy Featherstone, Shaun Purkiss-McEndoo and Mark Shipperlee.

For more about the ambassador programme, go to