Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

2022 Awards Programme

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ Programme has closed for 2022 entries.  We will re-open for 2023 entries in the New Year!

We, at Scotland’s Finest Woods, strive to do our bit to highlight all that is best in Scotland’s management of its woods and forests, and showcase how they contribute to the wealth and well-being of Scotland’s people.  Magnificent trophies and cash prizes are available to be won.

The 2022 line-up consisted of six Awards including the new and highly topical Climate Change Champion Award available for direct entry and a special Award for Early Years pre-school projects!    There were eleven competitions providing lots of opportunities to enter with a category for everyone of any age involved in managing woods and forests.  You may have entered one or more competitions if you met the entry criteria for each.  We were excited to again have two competitions in the Farm Woodland Award, including the competition for young people.  We also had categories for communities, new native and commercial woods, quality timber and schools anywhere in Scotland.

Short-listed entrants in each prize category were visited by our team of judges in May/June to find the very best entries in each of the:

Climate Change Champion Award category newly introduced in 2021!  We sought entries from across Scotland and the competition was open to any forest, woodland or a school or pre-school climate change related learning project.  This exciting and highly topical award highlights where Scotland’s forests and woodlands can have an important role in the:

  • mitigation of climate change; and/or
  • adaptation to the changing climate; and/or
  • sharing of knowledge/information or raising awareness (includes education) about climate change.

The superb CarbonStore Trophy together with £1,000 were available to a Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ 2022 Climate Change Champion.

Community Woodlands Award category entries were sought from throughout Scotland for two competitions especially for:

  • small community woodland groups:  £1,000 was available to be awarded to the winner.
  • large community woodland groups:  £1,000 was available to be awarded to the winner.

In addition, the Tim Stead Trophy could also be awarded to the overall Community Woodland Award category winner judged to be the best community project overall regardless of the size of woodland group.

Farm Woodland Award this category was introduced in 2018 and had two competitions:

  • one for an active farmer/crofter anywhere in Scotland with the magnificent Lilburn Trophy and £1,000 ready to be won.
  • one for a young, active farmer/crofter and/or their forester/woodland manager with the Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Trophy for Young People and £1,000 cash to be awarded.

New Native Woods Award category where the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and £1,000 was available to be awarded to the winning woodland.

Quality Timber Awards category with three competitions:

  • one for new commercial woods:  where the James Jones Trophy and £1,000 were available to be awarded to the winner.
  • one for a single stand of trees or a compartment or a small wood:  the Hunter Blair Trophy and £1,000 were available to be awarded to the winner.
  • one for whole estates or forests:  the John Kennedy Trophy and £1,000 were available to be awarded to the winner.

Ever-popular Schools and Early Years Award was back this year and we wanted to seek out Scotland’s most fun-packed schools and pre-schools’ woodland projects: £500 and superb trophies were among the goodies available to be awarded to each School and Early Years’ winner with £250 for the runner-ups together with Tree Packs and a Mag Post.

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Entries for the Climate Change Champion, Community Woodlands,  New Native Woods and Quality Timber Awards had an extended closing date, deadline of end Friday 15th April 2022.   Any entries received after this closing date were not considered.  Other Award deadlines were end Thursday 31st March 2022.

With Scottish Forestry’s support the 2022 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Ceremony will be held at 1pm on Friday 24th June in the Scottish Government Pavilion at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston in person!  We hope to be able to make a recording to share afterwards.  

Download the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2022 leaflet here  >>

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