Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

These awards celebrate the contribution that woodlands can make to the people, environment and economic prosperity of Scotland

Awards 2017

The deadline for entries to the 2017 Awards Programme has now passed though there’s always next year, 2018!

If you would like to be emailed entry details for the 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, as soon as these are available, contact: stating clearly the email address to which information is to be sent and the category you are interested in. Remember, subject to securing a new sponsor, we expect to have a new Farm Woodlands category as an option with the magnificent Lilburn Trophy available to be won! You can also follow us on our Facebook page.

Once again for 2017 we were delighted, here at Scotland’s Finest Woods, to do our bit to highlight all that is best in Scotland’s management of its woods and forests, and showcase how they contribute to the wealth and well-being of Scotland’s people. Magnificent trophies and cash prizes were available to be won!

The 2017 line-up of competitions had a category for everyone involved in managing woods and forests – communities, new native and commercial woods, quality timber and schools categories. Short-listed entrants in each prize category were visited by our team of judges in April/May to find the very best entries in each of the:

Community Woodlands Awards  category with entries sought from across Scotland for two new competitions especially for:

  • small community woodland groups: £1,000 awarded to the winner.
  • large community woodland groups: £1,000 awarded to the winner.

In addition, the Tim Stead Trophy is also awarded to the overall Community Woodland Award category winner judged to be the best community project overall regardless of the size of woodland group.

New Native Woods Award  category where the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and £1,000 is awarded to the winning woodland.

Quality Timber Awards category with three competitions:

  • one for new commercial woods: where the James Jones Trophy and £1,000 is awarded to the winner.
  • one for small woods, a single stand or compartment of trees: the Hunter Blair Trophy and £1,000 is awarded to the winner.
  • one for whole estates: the John Kennedy Trophy and £1,000 is awarded to the winner.

Ever-popular Schools Award is back and we sought out Scotland’s most fun-packed school woodland projects: £500 is awarded to the winner with £250 for the runner-up together with Tree Packs and a Mag Post for both the winner and runner-up.


The final deadline for all 2017 entries has passed. Any entries received after the closing date of 31st March 2017 are not considered.

Judges notified short-listed entries in April through to early May 2017 and visited selected sites during April/May 2017.

The winners, runners-up and those commended by the judges were presented with their prizes on Friday 23rd June 2017 at the Royal Highland Show.  On request it may be possible for an additional presentation to be made on site to the winners of the Tim Stead Trophy and Schools Award so that all those involved can join the celebrations.

Download SFW Awards 2017 leaflet here  >>

For inspiration, should you need any, the 2017 winners details appear on the Roll of Honour and Previous winners pages. The link below gives a glimpse of some of the excellent work the 2017 prize winners carried out!