Applications are now open for 2017, with trophies and almost £7,000 of prize money to be won. There are seven awards in four categories:
The Quality Timber Awards focus on growing timber of a high standard in three categories, with magnificent trophies and £3,000 in total prize money:
- Newly-planted commercial woods (won in 2016 by Carrick Estate, Argyll);
- A small wood or a single stand or compartment of trees (won in 2016 by Forest Enterprise for part of Errochty Forest, Perthshire);
- Whole estates/large multi-purpose forests (won in 2016 by Sutherland Estates, Golspie).
The New Native Woods Award – for the skilled delivery of high-quality young native woods and the potential to win the striking Woodland Trust Scotland trophy and £1,000 of prize money (won in 2016 by Garradh Beithe Wood, Inverness-shire).
The Schools Award, won in 2016 by Gavinburn Early Education and Learning Centre in West Dunbartonshire, is for projects that increase young people’s understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and the link between trees and wood-based products.
The Community Woodland Award is awarded to community and urban woodlands or other social projects that involve people with their environment. The overall category winner in 2016 was Kilfinan Community Forest, Argyll - pictured above - (also winner of the Viable Livelihoods competition), while Evanton Community Wood, Ross-shire, won the Healthy Lifestyles section). This year, there are two different competitions for small and large community woodland groups.
The Dulverton Flagon, an award made at the judges’ discretion, was won in 2016 by Forest Enterprise Scotland for its work in Sibster Forest, Caithness.
Entries are accepted up to 31st March 2017. Full details, including criteria and entry forms, are available at the awards section of www.sfwa.co.uk.
- Entries to the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards can come from anywhere in Scotland. Respected and experienced judges will assess competitive entries to select winners in each category who are invited to a ceremony at the Royal Highland Show on Friday, 23rd June 2017
- Scotland's Finest Woods is an independent charity and relies on the generosity of supporters to stage Scotland's premier woodland awards programme. The 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards key Delivery Partners are: BSW Timber, Egger Forestry, Forestry Commission Scotland, Iggesund Forestry, James Jones & Sons Ltd, Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Tilhill Forestry and the Woodland Trust Scotland.