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Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

Climate Change Champion Award

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We are delighted to be running Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards in 2021!  Keep an eye on our News Page and Tweets where we will provide any updates about the Awards’ programme.

What is it for?

This new Award for 2021 marks the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) being held in Glasgow.  The November COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Scotland’s forests and woodlands can have an important role in mitigating, and responding to, climate change.  This exciting new Award aims to discover the very best examples of such woodlands and how knowledge and experience can be shared to raise awareness.  CarbonStore sponsors this Award.

Who could enter?

Entries were sought from across Scotland with entry to the Climate Change Champion Award being an optional, extra opportunity for any Scotland’s Finest Woods Award entrant in 2021, or a 2020 entrant who was ‘refreshing’/updating their 2020 entry, to one of the established Award categories for:

  • Community Woodlands – small or large groups;
  • Farm or Croft Woodlands – open or for farmers/foresters aged 40 or younger;
  • New Native Woods;
  • Quality Timber – a small wood/single stand/compartment, or whole forest or estate, or new commercial woodlands; and
  • Schools and pre-schools projects.

Whilst perhaps you may not win one of the Awards above, could the exemplary work you are doing related to forests and woodlands addressing climate change make you this new Award’s first winner?   Eligible entries were where Scotland’s forests and woodlands can demonstrate they have an important role in the:

  • mitigation of climate change; and/or
  • adaptation to the changing climate; and/or
  • sharing of knowledge/information or raising awareness about climate change.

Full entry criteria are in the entry form.

Judging

The judges aim to visit short-listed entries during May/June.  You will be contacted by the judges directly regarding any site visit during April – early May.

Prizes

A £1,000 cash prize together with one year’s custody of the superb CarbonStore Trophy that has been especially commissioned, will be available at the discretion of the judges to the first ever Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Climate Change Champion in 2021.  The winner and any commended entries will receive a certificate and a special commemorative wooden display plaque recording their achievement.

Award Ceremony

The winning 2021 Awards results will be announced at a virtual Awards ceremony to be held at 12noon on Friday 10th September.  Winners will receive their prizes around then.   Due to Covid-19 further announcements will made nearer the time.

How you could enter

Additional information to supplement your entry to an established Award was needed.  A very short, simple entry form was to be completed and in no more than 1,000 words stated why you thought your entry would make a worthy winner of this timely and prestigious new Award by providing relevant information specific to the entry criteria.  Supporting information such as visuals (e.g. photographs or weblinks or short videos) and any promotional material if available that will help our judges make their decision were provided.

Closing date for entries

The final deadline for all entries was midnight on Wednesday 31st March 2021.  Any entries received after this date will not be considered.

More info …

Information Sheet >>
Download Climate Change Champion Award Entry Form here >>

Contact person:

Angela Douglas
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards
c/o A Douglas Consultancy
Bramblewood
Munlochy
Ross-shire
IV8 8PF

Tel: 07969 327015
admin@sfwa.co.uk

Award partner:

CarbonStore