Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

Scotland’s Finest Woods’ Trustee wins top industry award

A Trustee of Scotland’s Finest Woods has won the prestigious Dedicated Service to Forestry Award at an annual industry dinner. Scotland’s Finest Woods, an independent charity, run the prestigious Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards each year.

Guy Watt (above, left), Managing Director of John Clegg Consulting Ltd, has vast experience across the sector and his contribution was described as “unparalleled”.

He was presented with the award at Confor’s annual dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh by Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy (above, right).

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, said: “Guy has huge experience and is highly respected across the forestry and timber sector – and has made a unique contribution. His background in analysis and statistical reports is unparalleled.”

“The sheer number and range of trusteeships and appointments he has held is testament to the high regard he is held in by so many in the private and public sectors. His position in the sector is unique, his contribution immense.”

Guy Watt said: “This is totally unexpected. I’d like to thank all those people I have worked with – it has been an absolute pleasure. One of the great things about this industry is that the people are so nice. Even when companies have faced difficult times, they pull together and get through.”

Angela Douglas, Executive Director of Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, said: “I am so delighted for Guy and I cannot think of a worthier recipient of this award.  Guy has given an immeasurable amount to all sectors, including both commercial and in a voluntary capacity charitable organisations, as well as mentoring and encouraging young people in forestry which is how I first met him longer ago than I’d now like to admit!  He has given his time and expertise very generously to our Awards programme and been an invaluable Trustee over the past 10 years.”

Mr Watt studied forestry at Aberdeen and worked in the South Pacific for two years and for four years at the Forest Research Institute, New Zealand. In the UK, he was forest economist for EFG for 10 years, followed by 13 years with John Clegg & Co. where he was a partner before starting John Clegg Consulting Ltd. in 2003.

He is also a partner in Timber Auctions, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and a Member of the Institute of Economic Development. He has been Chairman of the Scottish Forestry Trust and Scottish Hardwood Timber Marketing Group, as well as Vice Chair of the Central Scotland Forest Trust.

Fergus Ewing told guests at the Confor dinner that conditions for growth and success in the forest and timber sector have “never been better”.

He said: “2019 is a pivotal year as we are celebrating 100 years of public forestry – and introducing the foundations for the next 100 years through full devolution of forestry, new legislation and the creation of two new agencies.”

The centenary will be marked by a special one-off Forestry Centenary Award as part of the 2019 Scotland’s Finest Woods’ Awards programme. See full details here.

Mr Ewing concluded: “The future of forestry looks more positive than it has for a long time. Thanks to everyone for your part in that story – and the greatest successes are yet to come.”