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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

Community Woodlands Awards

This year for 2017 the Community Woodlands Award category remains a national competition and entries were sought from across Scotland in two competitions for small and large community woodland groups therefore covering the full spectrum of community forestry in Scotland.

The following competitions were available:

– one for small community woodland groups. Entry was open to projects such as community woodlands, urban woodlands or other projects that focus on involving communities with their woodland environment and thereby enhancing the lives of local people.
– one for large community woodland groups. Entry was open to larger community woodland groups that may have a member of staff or someone working with the group on a dedicated time basis. Your project is expected to contribute to sustainable development across the three strands of social, economic and environmental development.

All over Scotland people are working to support their local communities through a community-based woodland project, our judges wanted to recognise and reward their achievement!

Details for the 2017 Awards Programme were:

Who could enter?

Entry was open to woodland-related community-based projects from any part of Scotland.  Entrants should have been able to demonstrate significant and sustained community input.

What sort of project was eligible?

There are two prize competitions and entrants could enter the one most applicable to their woodland:

  • Small community woodland group – entry was open to projects such as community woodlands, urban woodlands or other projects that focused on involving communities with their woodland environment and thereby enhancing the lives of local people. Your community woodland group was likely to be entirely made up of volunteers and with an annual turnover of no more than £20,000. You were asked to demonstrate the contribution that your project makes to the lives of local people and explain the steps you are taking to ensure sustainability of the project for the long term.
  • Large community woodland group – entry was open to projects with a larger community woodland group and you may have a member of staff or someone working with your group on a dedicated time basis. Your turnover was likely to be over £20,000/annum. You were asked to demonstrate how your project contributes to sustainable development across the three strands of social, economic and environmental development. The judges look for a holistic approach that delivers outcomes and benefits across all three strands..

Judging

The judges aim to visit short-listed entries during April/May 2017. You will be contacted by the judges regarding any site visit during April – early May 2017.

Community Woodlands

Prizes

There is £2,000 in cash prizes available.  This shall be awarded by way of £1,000 for the winning project in each competition at the discretion of the judges.  In addition, the prestigious Tim Stead Trophy will be awarded to the best winning project overall in the category, regardless of which competition was entered, at the discretion of the judges with custody for one year.

Other high quality entries may receive a judges’ commendation.

Award ceremony

The winning projects will be presented with their prizes on Friday, 23rd June 2017 at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.  The winners and commended entries will receive a certificate and a special commemorative wooden display plaque recording their achievement.  An additional presentation can be made on the project site so that all those involved can join the celebrations.

How entries were made 

Applicants simply completed a short entry form to provide the location, contact detail, summary project information and a statement in no more than 500 words why they thought their entry would make a worthy winner of this prestigious award and be an exemplar to others.

If wished you provided supporting information such as a summary project or business plan, latest annual accounts, map, publicity leaflets, photographs or videos to help our judges make their decision.

Closing date for all entries was Friday, 31st March 2017.

The final deadline was 31st March 2017. Any entries received after this date are not considered.

More info …

 

See list of past winners here >>
Information Sheet >>
Download Community Woodland Award Entry Form here  >>

Contact person:

Angela Douglas
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards
c/o A Douglas Consultancy
3 Salisbury House
Strathpeffer
Ross-shire
IV14 9AU

Tel: 07969 327015
admin@sfwa.co.uk

Award partner:

Forestry Commission Scotland

FCS

Award Supporters:

Community Woodlands Association    Central Scotland Green Network Trust

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