2016 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – Winners Announced!

Take a virtual tour of all the awarded sites and projects:


The Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Ceremony was held on Friday, 24th June 2016 at the Royal Highland Show and the 2016 winners were announced!

The Judges completed their assessments and visited short-listed Community, New Native, Schools and Quality Timber Woodlands sites to decide the results. 

The 2016 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Results are: 


  Winner of the Crown Estate Schools Trophy – Gavinburn Early Education and Learning Centre, West Dunbartonshire

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Runner Up – Aboyne Academy, Aberdeenshire

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 Winner of the Viable Livelihoods competition and overall category winner of the Tim Stead Trophy – Kilfinan Community Forest, Argyll

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Winner of the Healthy Lifestyles competition – Evanton Community Forest, Ross-shire

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 Winner of the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy for New Native Woods – Garradh Beithe Wood, Inverness-shire

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Winner of the John Kennedy Memorial Trophy for Multi-purpose Woodlands – Sutherland Estates, Golspie

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 Winner of the James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woods – Carrick Estate, Cowal

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Winner of the Hunter Blair Trophy for Silvicultural Excellence – Allt Charmaig, Errochty Forest, Perthshire

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THE DULVERTON FLAGON (A special prize for innovation and diversity)

Winner – Sibster Forest, Caithness

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Welcome to the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards! Our annual awards programme rewards and showcases all that is best in Scotland’s forests and woods.  In 2017 there is again expected to be four award categories with nearly £7,000 of prize money and fabulous trophies. Entries for 2016 closed at the end of March though you can start thinking about a 2017 entry!  Do you have a wood you are involved with, own or manage that you consider is one of the finest in Scotland? If so which category is most appropriate for you to start thinking of when the 2017 programme opens for entries later this year:

Community Woodlands Awards >>  Community-based projects compete for this Scotland-wide award with two competitions: one for projects with a ‘health and wellbeing’ focus and a second for those focusing on ‘economic development and regeneration’. The striking Tim Stead Trophy and prize money are up for grabs.

New Native Woods Award >>   New native woodland projects compete for this award: the unique Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and a cash prize will be available to be won.

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’, ‘single stands/small woods/compartments’ or ‘whole estates & larger multi-purpose woods’.

Schools Award >>   Schools and pre-school projects 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!

Thank-you to all who entered this year it’s great you are part of it ….. we will hope that we see new faces, as well as familiar friends, in our field of entries for next year and the prestigious 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards!

The next Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Ceremony is expected to be held – Friday, 16th June 2017.

2016 Roll of Honour – prizewinners