Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

New Native Woods Award

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We are delighted to be running Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards in 2021!  Keep an eye on our News Page and Tweets where we will provide any updates about the Awards’ programme.   If you entered in 2020 you had the opportunity to update and refresh your entry submitted at that time ready to be judged in 2021.

The competition for the prestigious New Native Woods Award is sponsored by one of Scotland’s leading environmental organisations  – Woodland Trust Scotland.

Our judges’ task is to find and reward the pursuit of excellence!

What was it for?

The competition is to reward new native woodland natural regeneration or planting where the exemplary use of silvicultural techniques, planning, practice and management is delivering high quality native woods.

Who could enter?

Entry was open to new native woodland projects anywhere in Scotland that must have had at least five years’ minimum of growth and no more than 20 years’ growth i.e. if planted, that happened in or before the 2015/16 planting season and no earlier than 2000/2001.  There is a minimum size category of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) and must be young woodland predominantly of native species.

The woodland may have been established by planting or natural regeneration on previously bare land, or on land that has previously had tree cover of predominantly non-native species i.e. it has been converted to new native woodland.  Projects should have been established at least 5 years ago and within the last 20 years i.e. between 2001 and 2016, so as to include a significant proportion of young planted/regenerated trees.  If the project is an expansion of existing native woodland, the pre-existing trees may be older than 20 years.

Full entry criteria are in the entry form.


The judges aim to visit short-listed entries during May/June.  You will be contacted by the judges directly regarding any site visit during April – early May.


£1,000 cash prize is usually available for the winning project.  In addition, the prestigious Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy for New Native Woods will be awarded at the discretion of the judges with custody for one year.  The winner and any commended entries will receive a certificate and a special commemorative wooden display plaque recording their achievement.

Award Ceremony

The 2021 Awards’ results will be announced at a virtual Awards ceremony to be held at 12noon on Friday 10th September.  Winners will receive their prizes around then.   Due to Covid-19 further announcements will made nearer the time.

How you could enter

A simple, short entry form was completed with basic location, contact details and a statement in no more than 500 words why you think your entry would make a worthy winner of this prestigious award.  If wished, any supporting information such as visuals (e.g. photographs or weblinks), a summary management plan, map(s), publicity leaflet(s) and short video(s) if available that will help our judges make their decision could be provided.

Closing date for entries

The final deadline for all entries was midnight on Wednesday 31st March 2021.  Any entries received after this date will not be considered.

More info …

See list of past winners here >>
Information Sheet >>
Download New Native Woods Award Entry Form here  >>

Contact person:

Angela Douglas
Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards
c/o A Douglas Consultancy

Tel: 07969 327015

Award partner:

Woodland Trust Scotland