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

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We are delighted to be running Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards in 2021!  Keep an eye on our News Page and Tweets where we will provide any updates about the Awards’ programme.   If you entered in 2020 you had the opportunity to update and refresh your entry submitted at that time ready to be judged in 2021.

The competitions for the Quality Timber Awards are jointly sponsored by four of Britain’s leading forest products companies – BSW Timber, EGGER, Iggesund Forestry and  James Jones & Sons Ltd.

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

What was it for?

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

Who could enter?

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

  • New commercial woods – entry was 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 2014/15 and 2019/20 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 was 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 was 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 May/June.  You will be contacted by the judges directly regarding any site visit during April – early May.


There are £3,000 of cash prizes usually 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 normally 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 – the 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 2021 Awards’ results will be announced at a virtual Awards ceremony to be held at 12noon on Friday 10th September.  Winners will receive their prizes around then.   Due to Covid-19 further announcements will made nearer the time.

How you could enter

Simply completed 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 wished to, you could provide any supporting information such as visuals (e.g. photographs and weblinks), a summary management plan, species distribution and/or other relevant maps(s), any publicity leaflet(s) and short video(s) if available that will help our judges to make their decision.

Closing date for entries

The final deadline for all entries was midnight on Wednesday 31st March 2021 when the competition closed.  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

Tel: 07969 327015

Award partners:

BSW Timber                     EGGER                   Iggesund Forestry      James Jones & Sons Ltd

Quality Timber Awards