Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

New Native Woods Award

The competition for the prestigious New Native Woods Award is sponsored by one of Scotland’s leading environmental organisations  – Woodland Trust Scotland.

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

What is it for?

The competition is to reward new native woodland natural regeneration or planting where the exemplary use of silvicultural techniques, planning, practice and management is delivering high quality native woods.

Who could enter?

Entry was open to new native woodland projects anywhere in Scotland that must have had at least five years’ minimum of growth and no more than 20 years’ growth i.e. if planted, that happened in or before the 2012/13 planting season and no earlier than 1997/98.  There is a minimum size category of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) and must be young woodland predominantly of native species.

The woodland may have been established by planting or natural regeneration on previously bare land, or on land that has previously had tree cover of predominantly non-native species i.e. it has been converted to new native woodland.  Projects should have been established at least 5 years ago and within the last 20 years i.e. between 1997 and 2012, so as to include a significant proportion of young planted/regenerated trees.  If the project is an expansion of existing native woodland, the pre-existing trees may be older than 20 years.

Full entry criteria are 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 Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy for New Native Woods will be awarded at the discretion of the judges with custody for one year.  The winner and any commended entries will receive a certificate and a special commemorative wooden display plaque recording their achievement.

The winning projects 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, map(s), publicity leaflet(s) or photographs and short video(s) if available that would help our judges make their decision could be provided.

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 …

See list of past winners here >>
Information Sheet >>
Download New Native Woods 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 partner:

Woodland Trust Scotland