Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards

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

Schools Award and Early Years 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.

Scotland’s Finest Woods and the Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland (OWLS)  team up to run an annual Schools Award in Scotland.  The Award is to encourage and reward 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.

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

Details for the 2021 Awards’ Programme are given below and the competition closed at midnight on 31st March 2021.

Thank-you if you entered this year!!
If you didn’t we would love that you to enter in 2022!   Remember, YOU need to be in it to WIN it!!

Who could enter?

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

What sort of project was eligible?

Entries could be practical or desk projects involving forestry, woodlands or trees.  Here are some examples of projects that could 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 could be for an ongoing forestry or tree related project, or one that was 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 all four receiving a Mag Post and and 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 brand new 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 below taken by the ‘squirrel’ trophy sculptor who kindly lets us use this remarkable photo!

The 2021 Awards’ results were announced at a virtual Awards ceremony held on Friday 10th September.  The Winners and Runner-ups receive their prizes around then.   Normally, it may be possible to arrange an additional presentations on request at schools or on site so that all those involved can join the celebrations although Covid-19 sadly makes that unrealistic this year.

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

How you can enter

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

Closing date for entries

The deadline was midnight on Wednesday 31st March 2021 and any entries received after this date will not be considered.

More info …

See list of past winners here >>
Information sheet >>
Download Schools Award Entry Form here  >>

Contact person:

Bonnie Maggio
Education Programme Manager
Scottish Forestry
Silvan House
231 Corstorphine Road
EH12 7AT
Tel: 0131 370 5216 or Mob: 07920 878930

Award partner:

Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland