Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

Schools and Early Years Awards



We will be delighted to be running Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards in 2023 again!  Keep an eye on our News Page and Tweets where we will provide any updates about the 2023 Awards’ programme most likely in the New Year.

Scotland’s Finest Woods and the Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland (OWLS)  team up to run the annual Schools and Early Years Awards in Scotland.  The Awards are to encourage and reward schools and pre-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.  You may also be able to enter the Climate Change Champion Award.

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

Details for the 2022 Awards’ Programme are given below and the competition closed at midnight on Thursday 31st March 2022.

We would love you to enter next year’s competition!   Remember, YOU need to be in it to WIN it!!

Who can enter?

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

What sort of project is eligible?

Entries can be practical or desk projects involving forestry, woodlands or trees.  Here are some examples of projects that can 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 can be for an ongoing forestry or tree related project, or one that is already completed.  For more ideas explore the OWLS website:


There are cash prizes of £500 for both the winning school and early years entries with both runners-up receiving prizes of £250 plus winners receiving a Mag Post kindly provided by Caledonia Play and and all four (winners and runners up) a special Tree Pack kindly donated by Alba Trees Nursery containing trees for planting or tree growing kits!  Each prizewinning school and early years entry also receive a certificate and a special commemorative wooden display plaque recording their achievement.  In addition, the beautiful Crown Estates’ Schools ‘squirrel’ trophy and the Scottish Forestry Early Years’ ‘acorn’ trophy will be awarded at the discretion of the judges with custody by the winning school and early years entry for one year.  See the fantastic photograph to the right below taken by the ‘squirrel’ trophy sculptor who kindly lets us use this remarkable photo!

Award ceremony

We were delighted that with Scottish Forestry’s support the 2022 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Ceremony was held at 1pm on Friday 24th June in the Scottish Government Pavilion at the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston in person!

Additional presentations to winners may be made at schools or on site if requested so that all those involved can join the celebrations depending on Covid safeguards.

The Crown Estate Scotland and Scottish Forestry each kindly commissioned the fantastic ‘squirrel’ and ‘acorn’ trophies for the Schools and Early Years’ Award and these are shown below:

How you can enter

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

Closing date for entries: expected to be 31st March 2023.  Any entries received after the deadline date will not be considered.

More info …

See list of past winners here >>
Information sheet >>
Download Schools and Early Years Awards’ Entry Form here  >>

Contact person:

Eilidh Malcolm
Education Programme Manager
Scottish Forestry
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT


Award partner:

Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland