Welcome to Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 

We have now closed for 2019 entries!  An enormous thank-you to all those who entered our biggest Awards’ Programme ever attracting more entries than last year!!

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

There were six award categories, 10 competitions and nearly £10,000 of prize money plus fabulous trophies available to be won!  The 2019 Awards’ results will be announced on 21st June and shared here a few days later.  They are: 

1919 Forestry Act Centenary Award >>  Unique for 2019, a one-off competition to mark the centenary of this important Act that has helped influence the way Scotland’s trees, woods and forests have been managed and nurtured over the past 100 years.  It celebrates what they have contributed to our lives, economy and environment providing a platform for further growth in the next century.  A specially commissioned trophy and £1,000 are being made available.

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 >>  Introduced in 2018 and now expanded into two competitions for an active farmer/crofter anywhere in Scotland and for young people whether the active farmer/crofter and/or their forester/woodland manager or both roles!  The magnificent Lilburn Trophy and new for 2019, 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!

If you missed the 2019 deadline why not enter the 2020 Awards’ Programme?  Don’t forget 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 and largest ever 2019 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 can find the 2019 details here.

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

Should you need inspiration, the 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Ceremony was held on Friday 22nd June at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston – a fantastic celebratory day with information provided below!


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

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

SCHOOLS AWARD:   2018 Winner of the Crown Estate Scotland Schools’ Trophy – St Mary’s School, Melrose, Roxburghshire

2018 Joint Runners Up – Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School and Nursery, Motherwell and The Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery, Letham, Near Cupar, Fife


NEW COMMERCIAL WOODLANDS CATEGORY:  2018 Winner of the James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woods – James Jones and Sons Ltd. for Rig of Airie, New Galloway

SMALL WOOD, COMPARTMENT of SINGLE STAND OF TREES CATEGORY:  2018 Winner of the Hunter Blair Trophy for Silvicultural Excellence – Sandy Paterson for Senwick Wood, Kirkcudbright Bay

WHOLE FOREST OR ESTATE CATEGORY:  2018 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: 2018 Winner of the Lilburn Trophy – Peter Gascoigne for Gascoigne Farms Ltd., Broughton, Peeblesshire

2018 Highly Commended – John Strachan for Tullo Farm, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire

2018 Commendation – Iain Stewart for Gain Farm, Cumbernauld, Glasgow

COMMUNITY WOODLAND AWARDS:  2018 Winner of the Tim Stead Trophy and Large Community Woodland Group – East Kilbride Community Trust for K-Woodlands, East Kilbride

NEW NATIVE WOODS AWARD:  2018 Winner of the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy for New Native Woods – Invercauld Estate for Craig Leek and Meall Gorm, Braemar, Aberdeenshire

2018 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