Welcome to Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 

Winners of the 2018 Awards Announced – see below!

We will re-open for 2019 entries at the turn of the year do watch this website for details . . .

Our annual awards’ programme rewards and showcases all that is best in Scotland’s forests and woods.  

There are five award categories, with nearly £8,000 of prize money and fabulous trophies, which are: 

Community Woodlands Award >>  Community-based projects compete for this Scotland-wide award with two competitions for both small and large community woodland groups therefore covering the full spectrum of community forestry in Scotland.  The striking Tim Stead Trophy and prize money are up for grabs.

Farm Woodland Award >> a brand new category for farmers in 2018 with the magnificent Lilburn Trophy and £1,000 to be won.

New Native Woods Award >>  New native woodland projects compete for this award.  The unique Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and a cash prize are available for the winner.

Quality Timber Awards >>   Focusing on growing quality timber, woodland owners and their managers can compete in one of, or all, our three competitions with three magnificent trophies and prize money at stake.  The competitions are for ‘newly-planted commercial woodland’, ‘a single stand/compartment/small wood’ or ‘whole estates and larger multi-purpose forests or woodlands’.

Schools Award >>  Schools and pre-school projects anywhere in Scotland can enter this ever-popular award.  We seek out Scotland’s most fun-packed school woodland projects with prize money plus other prizes available to be won.  Pupils, teachers and many helpers have great fun taking part!

If you did not enter this year or were unplaced why not submit an entry for 2019 when we re-open the competitions at the end of the year!  You need to be in it to win it!

We thank all those who were bold enough to enter the competitions this year for the prestigious 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards!  We always encourage you to take part hoping to see new faces, as well as familiar friends, in our field of entries for the superb Awards programme.

For those who are involved with, own or manage a wood that may be one of the finest in Scotland you will be able to get details for the 2019 Awards at the end of the year and can find the 2018 details (including the short, simple application form) here.

You can also follow us on Twitter and on our Facebook page.

The 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Ceremony was held on Friday 22nd June at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston – a fantastic celebratory day!

 


Do have a look at the 2018 Winners and enjoy a virtual tour of those Awarded:

The 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Results are:


SCHOOLS AWARD

  Winner of the Crown Estate Scotland Schools’ Trophy – St Mary’s School, Melrose, Roxburghshire

Joint Runners Up – Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School and Nursery, Motherwell and The Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery, Letham, Near Cupar, Fife

 


QUALITY TIMBER AWARDS

NEW COMMERCIAL WOODLANDS CATEGORY

 Winner of the James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woods – James Jones and Sons Ltd. for Rig of Airie, New Galloway

SMALL WOOD, COMPARTMENT OR SINGLE STAND OF TREES CATEGORY

 Winner of the Hunter Blair Trophy for Silvicultural Excellence – Sandy Paterson for Senwick Wood, Kirkcudbright Bay

WHOLE FOREST OR ESTATE CATEGORY

 Joint Winners of the John Kennedy Trophy for Multi-purpose Woodlands – Houston Farms Partnership for Elderslie Estates, Renfrewshire and the Hunt-Grubbe Family Trust for Kenmore Forest, By Inveraray, Argyll

 


FARM WOODLAND AWARDS

Winner of the Lilburn Trophy – Peter Gascoigne for Gascoigne Farms Ltd., Broughton, Peeblesshire

Highly Commended – John Strachan for Tullo Farm, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

Commended – Iain Stewart for Gain Farm, Cumbernauld, Glasgow

 


COMMUNITY WOODLAND AWARDS

Winner of the Tim Stead Trophy and Large Community Woodland Group – East Kilbride Community Trust for K-Woodlands, East Kilbride

 


NEW NATIVE WOODS AWARD

Winner of the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy for New Native Woods – Invercauld Estate for Craig Leek and Meall Gorm, Braemar, Aberdeenshire

Highly Commended – Trees for Life for Allt Fearna, Dundreggan Conservation Estate, Glen Moriston, Highland

2018 Roll of Honour – prizewinners

All 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Ceremony Photographs © Julie Broadfoot – www.juliebee.co.uk