Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

2018 Awards Programme

We are now open for entries to the 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Programme!  Don’t delay apply today!!

Once again for 2018 we are 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 are available to be won!

The 2018 line-up of competitions has 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 will be visited by our team of judges in April/May to find the very best entries in each of the:

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

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

Quality Timber Award category with three competitions:

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

Ever-popular Schools Award is back and we want to seek out Scotland’s most fun-packed school woodland projects: £500 is available to be 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.

Subject to securing a new sponsor, we really hope to have a new Farm Woodlands category as an option in our Awards Programme with the magnificent Lilburn Trophy available to be won!  If you may be able to help us secure a sponsor please do get in touch – see our Contact page.

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The final deadline for all 2018 entries is Saturday 31st March 2018.  Any entries received after the closing date of 31st March 2018 will not be considered.

Judges will notify short-listed entries in April through to early May 2018 and visit selected sites during April/May 2018.

The winners, runners-up and those commended by the judges will be presented with their prizes on Friday 22nd June 2018 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 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2018 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!