Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

Quality Timber Awards

We are delighted that the competitions for the Quality Timber Awards are again sponsored by four of Britain’s leading forest products companies – BSW Timber, Egger Forestry, Iggesund Forestry and  James Jones & Sons Ltd.

Our judges’ task is to find and reward silvicultural excellence!

What is it for?

This Award is for woodlands where high quality timber production is a major objective.

Who can enter?

Entry is open to woodland anywhere in Scotland where the production of high quality timber is a major objective of management.  There are three prize competitions and entrants can apply for as many as are valid to their woodland:

  • New commercial woods – entry is open to newly-planted productive and predominantly conifer woodland of 10 hectares or more in extent; that have between one and six years’ growth i.e. planted between the 2012/13 and 2017/18 seasons; and established on previously bare land where the planning, practice and management regime is designed to result in high quality timber production.
  • Single stands or compartments or small woods – entry is open to a single stand or compartment of trees or a small wood where the exemplary use of silvicultural techniques, practice and management results in high quality timber production.  Crops should include a proportion of trees that are at least 10 years old and have reached pole stage or beyond so providing a reasonable indication of future timber quality.
  • Whole forests or estates – entry is open to multi-purpose forests or estates where a number of different activities are taking place and in which high quality timber production is a major objective.  Other objectives might include, for example, providing recreation and visitor facilities and/or conservation.  The size of the forest or woodland area is not restricted, but must be appropriate to and capable of sustaining the stated objectives.

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Full entry criteria are available here in the guidance and short entry form.


The judges aim to visit short-listed entries during April/May 2019.  You will be contacted by the judges regarding any site visit during April – early May 2019.


There are £3,000 of cash prizes available.  These are available to be awarded by way of £1,000 for each of the three winning competition entries at the discretion of the judges.  In addition, three prestigious trophies are available to be awarded to the winners of each competition also at the discretion of the judges, with custody for one year:

Single stand or compartment of trees or small wood – the Hunter Blair Trophy for Silvicultural Excellence.

New commercial woodland – James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woods

Whole forest or estate – the John Kennedy Trophy for Multi-purpose Woodlands

In addition, the winners and any other entrants commended by the judges will receive a certificate and a special commemorative wooden display plaque recording their achievement.

The winners and those commended by the judges will be presented with their prizes on Friday, 21st June 2019 at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.

How you can enter

Simply complete a short entry form with basic location, contact details and stated in no more than 500 words why you think your entry would make a worthy winner of the particular prestigious award competition.  If you wish to, you can provide any supporting information such as a summary management plan, species distribution and/or other relevant maps(s), any publicity leaflet(s) or photographs and short video if available that will help our judges to make their decision.

Closing date for entries

The final deadline for all entries is Sunday, 31st March 2019 when the 2019 competition closes.  Any entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

More info …

See list of past winners here >>
Information Sheet >>
Download Quality Timber Awards (all categories) 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 partners:

BSW Timber                     Egger Forestry      Iggesund Forestry    James Jones & Sons Ltd

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