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Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

Roll of honour

A full list of winners and commended entrants for 2017 can be downloaded here.

We are delighted that for the second time we are able to let you take a virtual tour of all the awarded sites and projects:

We maintain a Roll of Honour recording the winners of our Awards since Scotland’s Finest Woods was established in 1985:

The Crown Estate Schools Trophy

This Award run in conjunction with Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland (previously the Forest Education Initiative Scotland) is for school projects that increase young people’s understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between trees and everyday wood-based products. In 2014 a trophy was donated by The Crown Estate for use in the Schools Award.

The Schools Award was first awarded in 2006.

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Tim Stead Trophy for Community Woodlands

This Award is for community and urban woodlands or other social projects which involve people with their environment.

The stunning timber trophy was made by the late Tim Stead, the inspirational furniture designer, wood sculptor and conservationist, in 1986 as part of his  Axes for Trees project, which involved making one wooden axe head for every day of the year, and selling them to raise money to plant trees. As well as supporting craftsmen to develop the skills needed to make full use of local, native timbers, he was an enthusiastic advocate of community forestry.

The Tim Stead Trophy was first awarded in 2006.

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John Kennedy Trophy for Multi-purpose Woodlands

This Award is for multi-purpose woodlands where a number of different activities are taking place within a woodland or forest. For example, in addition to  timber production, these could be recreation or a visitor centre and/or conservation. The size of the forest or woodlands is not restricted, but must be appropriate to and capable of sustaining the stated objectives.

The John Kennedy Memorial Trophy, a splendid silver rose bowl, was presented by the Forestry Commission for a competition to encourage ‘forestry in harmony with the environment’ and in memory of John Kennedy, the Forestry Commissioner responsible for forest management, who died in 1985.

The John Kennedy Trophy was first awarded in 1986 and is now run as part of the Quality Timber Awards category.

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Hunter Blair Trophy for Silvicultural Excellence

This Award is for a stand or compartment of trees where the exemplary use of silvicultural techniques, practice and management results in high quality timber production.

The silver salver was originally presented by Sir James Hunter Blair of Blairquhan Bt. to the Royal Scottish Forestry Society as a prize for an ‘annual Competition for Woodland Management’.

Sir James was a keen forester serving as a District Officer with the Forestry Commission in the 1920s before returning to Ayrshire to manage the family estate at Blairquhan. Here he pursued his enthusiasm for silviculture and took great delight in testing forestry students and more experienced foresters on the identification of the more unusual specimens to be found at Blairquhan.

The Hunter Blair Trophy was first awarded in 1964 and Scotland’s Finest Woods has run the competition since 1986 and it is now run as part of the Quality Timber Awards category.

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James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woods

This Award is for a newly planted productive and predominantly conifer woodland of 10 hectares or more in extent, up to 5 years old and established on previously bare land where the planning, practice and management regime is designed to result in high quality timber production.

The James Jones Trophy, an ash-wood bowl, was presented by James Jones & Sons Ltd; it was first awarded in 2012 and is run as part of the Quality Timber Awards category.

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Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy  for New Native Woods

This Award is to reward new native woodland planting where the exemplary use of silvicultural techniques, planning, practice and management is delivering high quality native woods.

Woodland Trust Scotland sponsors this award and donated a prestigious new trophy made from native hardwoods by Julian Angus.

The Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy was first awarded in 2011.

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Dulverton Flagon

The distinctive Dulverton Flagon was first awarded to the winners of a sustainable woodland management competition to promote The Forestry & Woodland Code produced by the then woodland owners’ association, Timber Growers United Kingdom. The flagon was generously provided by the then Lord Dulverton, an enthusiastic advocate of forestry in Scotland and in the House of Lords. The competition ran from 1986 to 1994 but the trophy had a subsequent outing in 1999 when the S W England region of the by then re-titled Timber Growers Association provided it as a prize at Exeter Races when Walter’s Destiny romped home to snatch the coveted flagon!

The flagon was not to see active service again until 2010 when the Crown Estate’s Glenlivet Estate was rewarded in the Scotland’s Finest Woods’ Silver Jubilee Competition. The judges felt that the estate’s keen and enthusiastic focus on innovation and drawing in partners and resources to contribute to and benefit from the estate was particularly worthy of recognition and reward hence their decision to award the Dulverton Flagon as a special prize for innovation and diversity.

The flagon is not tied to a particular competition but is available for award each year at the judges’ discretion.

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