Welcome to the 2021 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards!

We are delighted to be open and ready for your entry!!

If you entered in 2020 and would like to, you can update and refresh your previously submitted entry ready to be judged this year.

The Covid-19 pandemic means there may be important updates.

Take care, follow the latest Government and NHS advice, keep safe and we wish you well.
Keep an eye on our News Page and Tweets where we will provide any updates about the Awards’ programme.

The annual Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Programme strives to reward and showcase all that is best in Scotland’s forests and woods.  

We encourage you to take part hoping to see new faces, as well as familiar friends in our field of entries for the tremendous Awards’ Programme.  Are you bold enough to enter the competitions for the 2021 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards!
YOU need to be in it to WIN IT!

Whether you’ve never entered before, or have entered in past years and since made further improvements or perhaps your woodland/project has matured, don’t be shy as every application is welcomed.

Six award categories, ten competitions and nearly £10,000 of prize money plus fabulous trophies are available to be won!  2021 includes the new and highly topical Climate Change Champion Award available as an optional, additional entry to all 2021 and 2020 entrants!  Lots of opportunities to enter with a competition for everyone involved in managing woods and forests. 

This year’s Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are: 

Climate Change Champion Award >>  New for 2021 this is an optional, extra opportunity with entries sought across Scotland from any Scotland’s Finest Woods Award 2021 or 2020 entrant to one of the established Award categories below.  This Award is for Scotland’s forests and woodlands that can demonstrate they have an important role in helping to mitigate climate change and/or adapt to the changing climate and/or share knowledge/information or raise awareness about climate change.  The superb CarbonStore Trophy and a cash prize will be available.

Community Woodlands Award >>  Community-based projects can 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 >>  Introduced in 2018 and now expanded into two competitions for an active farmer/crofter anywhere in Scotland and for young people (40 years of age or less) whether the active farmer/crofter and/or their forester/woodland manager or both roles!  The magnificent Lilburn Trophy and the Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Trophy for Young People plus cash prizes are 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!

The closing date is Wednesday 31st March 2021.

Don’t forget you will need to be in it to win it!

A summary of the 2021 Awards Programme is available here.

The 2021 Awards’ results are expected to be announced and winners presented with their prizes in June 2021.  Due to Covid-19 a further announcement about the format and date of this will be made nearer the time.

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A big thank-you to everyone who entered our 2020 Awards Programme.  Your entry is carried forward to this year and you now have the opportunity to update or refresh your entry submitted last year if you might like to do that.  Please do get in contact if you have any questions about this.  The deadline of 31st March 2021 applies.  You also have the opportunity to enter the new Climate Change Champion Award if you’d like to.

In case you need inspiration from any of the fabulous 2019 entrants to join future competitions – see below! 


Have a look at the 2019 Winners and enjoy a virtual tour of those Awarded:

The 2019 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Results were:


SCHOOLS AWARD:   2019 Winner of the Crown Estate Scotland Schools’ Trophy – Earthtime Forest School Nursery, Duffus, Moray

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 – © Julie Broadfoot / Juliebee – www.juliebee.co.uk

2019 Runner Up – Levenmouth Academy, Buckhaven, Fife

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COMMUNITY WOODLAND AWARDS:   2019 Overall Winner of the Tim Stead Trophy and Small Community Woodland Group Michaelswood Public Amenity, Aith, Shetland

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2019 Highly Commended Small Community Woodland Group –  Doune Ponds, Perthshire

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2019 Winner of the Large Community Woodland Group competition – Gifford Community Woodland, East Lothian

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 – © Julie Broadfoot / Juliebee – www.juliebee.co.uk

2019 Highly Commended Large Community Woodland Group –  Beechbrae Wood, Blackridge, West Lothian

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NEW NATIVE WOODS AWARD:  2019 Winner of the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy for New Native Woods –
Jahama Highland Estates for Kinlochleven Native Woodland, Lochaber

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 – © Julie Broadfoot / Juliebee – www.juliebee.co.uk

QUALITY TIMBER AWARDS

NEW COMMERCIAL WOODLANDS CATEGORY:   2019 Winner of the James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woodlands –
Mr Mervyn Harrison for Beirhope, Near Hownam, Kelso

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 – © Julie Broadfoot / Juliebee – www.juliebee.co.uk

2019 Commended New Commercial Woodland –  K & J Walker for Whitehillshiel Forest, Hawick

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SMALL WOOD, COMPARTMENT of SINGLE STAND OF TREES CATEGORY: 2019 Winner of the Hunter Blair Trophy for Silvicultural Excellence –
David Shepherd and Annie Griffiths for Craggach Woods, Kirkhill, Near Inverness

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 – © Julie Broadfoot / Juliebee – www.juliebee.co.uk

WHOLE FOREST OR ESTATE CATEGORY:  2019 Winner of the John Kennedy Trophy for Multi-purpose Woodlands –
James Evan Baillie for Darroch Wood, Scaniport Estate, Near Inverness

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 – © Julie Broadfoot / Juliebee – www.juliebee.co.uk

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FARM WOODLAND AWARDS: 2019 Winner of the Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Trophy for Young People – Lynn Cassells and Sandra Baer for Lynbreck Croft, Grantown on Spey

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2019 Winner of the Lilburn Trophy for Farm Woodlands – John Drysdale and Kieran Kelly for Kilrie Farm, Kirkcaldy, Fife

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 – © Julie Broadfoot / Juliebee – www.juliebee.co.uk

2019 Highly Commended – Peter Gascoigne for Gascoigne Farm Ltd, Broughton, Peeblesshire

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2019 Commendations – The Firm of W Shanks for Kerslochmuir, Dalry, Ayrshire and John MacLean for Lagandorain, Isle of Iona

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1919 FORESTRY ACT CENTENARY AWARD: 2019 Winner of the Centenary Trophy – Forestry and Land Scotland North Region team for Fort Augustus Woodlands, Highland

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 – © Julie Broadfoot / Juliebee – www.juliebee.co.uk

2019 Highly Commended – Abriachan Forest Trust, Loch Ness-side, Inverness-shire

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2019 Commended – Trustees of Llanarth Estate for Kirkennan Woodland, By Palnackie, Dalbeattie

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2019 Also Commended – Bagold Ltd. for Minto Woodland, Denholm, Hawick

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 – © Julie Broadfoot / Juliebee – www.juliebee.co.uk

2019 Roll of Honour – prizewinners