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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 Award

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

For 2022 the Community Woodlands Award category remains a national competition and entries are sought from across Scotland in two competitions for small and large community woodland groups thereby covering the full spectrum of community forestry in Scotland.

The following competitions are available:

– one for small community woodland groups. Entry is 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 is 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 want to recognise and reward their achievement!

Details for the 2022 Awards Programme are:

Who can enter?

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

What sort of project is eligible?

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

  • Small community woodland group – entry is 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.  Your community woodland group is likely to be entirely made up of volunteers and with an annual turnover of no more than £20,000.  You are asked to demonstrate the contribution that your project makes to the lives of local people and explain the steps you are taking to ensure the sustainability of the project for the long term.
  • Large community woodland group – entry is 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 is likely to be over £20,000/annum.  You are asked to demonstrate how your project contributes to sustainable development across the three strands of social, economic and environmental development.  The judges will look for a holistic approach that delivers outcomes and benefits across all three strands..

Judging

The judges will 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

There is £2,000 in cash prizes available.  This shall normally 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 2022 prize-giving awards’ ceremony date and format will be advised after the end March closing date.  The Awards’ Ceremony might coincide with Friday of the Royal Highland Show i.e. 24th June 2022, in case it may be possible to get together in person.  An additional presentation may made on the project site so that all those involved can join the celebrations, however Covid-19 may make that unrealistic this year.

How entries are made 

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

You can also provide some supporting information such as visuals (e.g. photographs and/or videos), a summary project or business plan, latest annual accounts, map or publicity leaflets to help our judges make their decision.

The closing date for all entries is midnight Thursday, 31st March 2022 and is the final deadline.  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
Bramblewood
Munlochy
Ross-shire
IV8 8PF

Tel: 07969 327015
admin@sfwa.co.uk

Award partner:
Scottish Forestry

 

 

 

 


Award supporters:

Community Woodlands Association    Green Action Trust

Community Woodlands Association                               Green Action Trust

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