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 can enter?

Entry is 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 2011/12 planting season and no earlier than 1996/7. There is a minimum size category of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) and must be young woodland of 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 though within the last 20 years i.e. between 1996 and 2011 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.

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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.


£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, 23rd June 2017 at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.

How you could enter

A simple, short entry form was completed with basic location, contact details and a statement in no more than 500 words why you thought your entry would make a worthy winner of this prestigious award.  If wished,  any supporting information such as a summary management plan, maps, publicity leaflets or photographs and short video(s) if available that would help our judges make their decision was provided.

Closing date for entries

The final deadline for all entries was Friday, 31st March 2017. 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