The 31st March deadline for entries to the 2017 Awards’ programme has passed.

We are now closed for entries though there’s always next year, 2018!

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.  The 2016 winners had a fantastic experience that you can read about here.

For 2017, there remain four award categories with nearly £7,000 of prize money and fabulous trophies. The deadline for this year’s entries has now passed.  Winners will be announced on Friday 23rd June with details provided on this website shortly afterwards.

The Award categories are:

Community Woodlands Awards >>  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.

New Native Woods Award >>  New native woodland projects compete for this award: the unique Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy, new for 2016 and a cash prize are 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 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!

Thank-you to all who entered in 2017 it’s great you took part ….. we hope that we will see new faces, as well as familiar friends, in our field of entries for next year and the prestigious 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards! 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 2018 Awards (including the short, simple application form) around the turn of the year – keep visiting this website for more news!

The 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Ceremony will be held – Friday, 23rd June 2017 at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston.


2016 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – Winners!

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


The 2016 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Results were: 


  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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2016 Roll of Honour – prizewinners