Welcome to the 2022 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards!

The annual Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Programme strives to reward and showcase all that is best in Scotland’s forests and woods.

A wonderfully celebratory Awards Ceremony was held in a packed venue on 24th June 2022 when all the winners were revealed!!  You too can enjoy the event – click the arrow below, relax and enjoy…… 

2022 Roll of Honour – prizewinners

A big thank-you to all who enter the competitions!!



WINNER – Johnston Nursery, Kirkcudbright
RUNNER UP – Balgreen Nursery School , Edinburgh



JOINT WINNERS – Priorsford and Grandtully Primary Schools
JOINT WINNERS – Priorsford and Grandtully Primary Schools from Peebles and Perthshire respectively


Young People Competition

WINNERS – John MacGregor (farmer) and Andy Machlachlan (forester) for Allanfauld Farm, Kilsyth

All Farm/Croft Woodlands Competition

JOINT WINNERS – Michael & Shirley (not in photo) Clarke for Williamwood, Lockerbie & The Lockett Family, Knockbain Farm, Dingwall
HIGHLY COMMENDED – W Laird and Sons for Netherurd Home Farm, Blyth Bridge, West Linton
HIGHLY COMMENDED – A MacGregor (Allanfauld) Ltd. for Allanfauld Farm, Kilsyth


WINNER – Fiona and Mike Coulthard for 1, Ardnakille, Scalpay, Isle of Harris

New Commercial Woods Competition

WINNER – The Forestry Partnership 2008 LLP for Succothmore, Strachur, Cowal

The Dulverton Flagon

WINNER – Mrs J C Hands for Cormilligan, Dumfries and Galloway


OVERALL WINNER – Taliesin Community Woodland, Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway
HIGHLY COMMENDED Small Community Woodland Group Competition – Cormonachan Community Woodlands, Carrick Castle, Argyll
COMMENDED Large Community Woodland Group Competition – Dronley Community Woodland, Auchterhouse, Angus.

All photography with thanks to: © Julie Broadfoot

Closed for entries until we re-open in the New Year for the 2023 competitions! 

Remember: YOU need to be in it to WIN it!!

A summary of the 2022 Awards Programme is available here.

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We encourage you to take part hoping to see new faces, as well as familiar friends in our field of entries for the tremendous Awards’ Programme.  Will you be bold enough to enter the competitions for the 2023 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards?

Whether you’ve never entered before, or have entered in past years and since made further improvements or perhaps your woodland/project has matured, don’t be shy as every application is welcomed.

Seven award categories, eleven competitions and up to £11,500 of prize money plus eleven fabulous trophies were available to be won in 2022!  Lots of opportunities to enter with a competition for everyone involved in managing woods and forests. 

The current Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are: 

Climate Change Champion Award >>  New last year and for 2022 direct entries are sought from across Scotland being open to any forest, woodland or a school or pre-school climate change related learning project.  This Award is for Scotland’s forests and woodlands that can demonstrate they have an important role in helping to mitigate climate change and/or adapt to the changing climate with climate smart management and/or share knowledge/information or raise awareness (including education) about climate change.  The superb CarbonStore Trophy and a cash prize will be available.

Community Woodlands Award >>  Community-based projects compete for this Scotland-wide award with two competitions for both small and large community woodland groups therefore covering the full spectrum of community forestry in Scotland.  The striking Tim Stead Trophy and prize money are up for grabs.

Farm Woodland Award >>  Introduced in 2018 and now expanded into two competitions for an active farmer/crofter anywhere in Scotland and for young people (40 years of age or less) whether the active farmer/crofter and/or their forester/woodland manager or both roles!  The magnificent Lilburn Trophy and the Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Trophy for Young People plus cash prizes are to be won.

New Native Woods Award >>  New native woodland projects compete for this award.  The unique Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and a cash prize are available for the winner.

Quality Timber Awards >>   Focusing on growing quality timber, woodland owners and their managers compete in one of, or all, our three competitions with three magnificent trophies and prize money at stake.  The competitions are for ‘newly-planted commercial woodland’, ‘a single stand/compartment/small wood’ or ‘whole estates and larger multi-purpose forests or woodlands’.

Schools and Early Years Awards >>  Schools and pre-school projects anywhere in Scotland enter this ever-popular award.  We seek out Scotland’s most fun-packed school and pre-school woodland projects with prize money plus other great prizes available to be won.  Pupils, teachers and many helpers have great fun taking part!

The closing date was Thursday 31st March 2022.

With Scottish Forestry’s support this years Awards Ceremony was at 1pm in the Scottish Government Pavilion at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston on Friday 24th June 2022 in person!

Don’t forget you need to be in it to win it!

The 2021 winners were announced at our first ever online Awards Ceremony!  Enjoy last year’s show celebrating wonderful winners….