Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

Schools Award


Scotland’s Finest Woods (SFW) and the Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland (OWLS) once again teamed up to run an annual Schools Award in Scotland for 2018.  The Award is to encourage and reward schools 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.

Teachers and helpers, as well as pupils, could take part and fun can be had by all!

Details for the 2018 Awards’ Programme are below.  If you have missed this year’s closing date of 31st March we encourage you to apply for next year, 2019, when we re-open for entries at the end of this year!  Remember, YOU need to be in it to WIN it!!

We are now closed for the 2018 competition and thank-you if you have entered.  If not we would love you to enter for 2019!

Who could enter?

Entry was open to nursery, primary, secondary and special schools anywhere in Scotland.

What sort of project was eligible?

Entries could be practical or desk projects involving forestry, woodlands or trees.  Here are some examples of projects that could be entered:

A programme of learning in a woodland or forest environment or in a forest industry setting.
A classroom-based study of woods and forests or the forest industry.
Practical  tree planting or woodland improvement projects in school grounds or in the local community.

schools award

The entry could be for an ongoing forestry or tree related project, or one that was already completed.  For more ideas explore the OWLS website:


There is a cash prize of £500 for the winning school and the runners-up prize is £250 with both receiving a Mag Post and and a special Tree Pack containing trees for planting or tree growing kits.  Each prizewinning school also receives a certificate and a special commemorative wooden display plaque recording their achievement.  In addition, the beautiful Crown Estates’ Schools ‘squirrel’ trophy will be awarded at the discretion of the judges with custody by the winning school for one year.  See the fantastic photograph below taken by the trophy sculptor who kindly lets us use this remarkable photo!

The winner and runner-up will be presented with their prizes on Friday, 22nd June 2018 at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.  On request, additional presentations can be made at schools or on site so that all those involved can join the celebrations.

The Crown Estate kindly commissioned the fantastic ‘squirrel’ trophy for the Schools Award that is shown below:

How you could enter

A simple, short entry form  was to be completed and returned by email.

Closing date for entries

The deadline was Saturday, 31st March 2018 and any entries received after this date will not be considered.

More info …

See list of past winners here >>
Information sheet >>
Download Schools Award Entry Form here  >>

Contact person:

Bonnie Maggio
Outdoor & Woodland Learning Manager
Forestry Commission Scotland
231 Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT
Tel: 0300 067 6386 or Mob: 07920 878930

Award partner:

Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland