Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

Farm Woodland Award

The Farm Woodland Award is new for 2018 and jointly supported by The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland and Scottish Woodlands Ltd.

Our judges’ task is to find and reward the pursuit of excellence!

What is it for?

The competition is to reward the very best of Scotland’s Farm Woodlands that form part of good agricultural practise.  There will be exemplary use of both woodland and agricultural practise with benefits being delivered to both the farm’s operations and quality of woodland management.

Who could enter?

Entry was open to active farmers anywhere in Scotland and they must have a Rural Payments’ Business Reference Number (BRN).

The area of woodland must be 2 hectares (2.5 acres) or more in size, with tree canopy cover (or the potential to achieve this if a young woodland) of at least 20%.  It can be of any established tree species or woodland type and contain integral open space and/or woody shrubs or other farm crops/ground cover.  If the woodland is younger or of mixed age it may have been established by planting or natural regeneration on previously bare or cropped land or on land that has previously had tree cover.  Any young woodland must have had at least five years minimum of growth and can be of any age over that.  Therefore if planted, that happened in, or before, the 2012/13 planting season. There may be one or more woodland areas on the farm that were included in the entry.

There must be benefits to the farming operations ideally improving productivity and the wood(s) should form part of the financial sustainability of the farm holding.  The farm’s woodland(s) will be used in a sustainable and potentially enterprising way with responsible management providing direct farming benefits.  For example: generating income from sustainably managed woods; using biomass, fuelwood or wood chips on site or selling these as a renewable, clean, Carbon neutral energy; or creating new woodlands to off-set carbon produced from agricultural operations; or for livestock shelter, sporting interests, amenity or other objectives.  The farm must be actively managed with a BRN.

Full entry criteria were in the entry form.


The judges aim to visit short-listed entries during April/May 2018.  You will be contacted by the judges regarding any site visit during April – early May 2018.


£1,000 cash prize is available for the winning project.  In addition, the prestigious Lilburn Trophy will be awarded at the discretion of the judges with custody for one year.  The winner and commended entries will receive a certificate and a wooden display plaque recording their achievement.

The winning entries will be presented with their prizes on Friday, 22nd June 2018 at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.

How you could enter

A simple, short entry form was to be completed with basic location, contact details and a statement in no more than 500 words why you think your entry would make a worthy winner of this prestigious award.  If wished, any supporting information such as a summary management plan, woodland composition – species/age/type map(s), soils maps, any publicity or information document(s) and photographs that will help our judges make their decision could have been provided.  In addition, a short video if available could also be made available.

Closing date for entries

The final deadline for all entries was Saturday, 31st March 2018. Any entries received after this date will not be considered.

More info …

Information Sheet >>
Download Farm Woodland Award Entry Form here  >>

Contact person:

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

Tel: 07969 327015

Award supporters:

The Farm Woodland Award is jointly supported by:

The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland and Scottish Woodlands Ltd.