Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

2020 Awards Programme

The 2020 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Programme is now open for entries!

For 2020 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.

This year’s line line-up of five Awards and nine competitions provides lots of opportunities to enter!  There is a category for everyone involved in managing woods and forests.  We are excited to be able to have two competitions in the Farm Woodland Award, especially with last year’s new competition for young people.  We also have categories for communities, new native and commercial woods, quality timber and schools anywhere in Scotland.  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 will also be awarded to the overall Community Woodland Award category winner judged to be the best community project overall regardless of the size of woodland group.

Farm Woodland Award a new category introduced in 2018, now expanded with two competitions:

  • one for an active farmer/crofter anywhere in Scotland with the magnificent Lilburn Trophy and £1,000 ready to be won.
  • one for a young, active farmer/crofter and/or their forester/woodland manager with the new in 2019 Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Trophy for Young People and £1,000 cash to be awarded.

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.

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All entries have a closing date, deadline of Tuesday 31st March 2020.  Any entries received after this closing date will not be considered.

Judges will notify short-listed entries in April through to early May 2020 and visit selected sites during April/May 2020.

The winners, runners-up and those commended by the judges are expected to be presented with their prizes on Friday 19th June 2020 at the Royal Highland Show.  On request it is 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 the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2020 leaflet here  >>

For inspiration, should you need any, the 2019 winners details appear on the Roll of Honour and Previous winners pages. The video below gives a glimpse of some of the excellent work the 2019 prize winners carried out: