Confor award winners recognised at sparkling Edinburgh event

1 March 2023

The winners of the Confor Awards 2023 received accolades at an industry dinner in Edinburgh last night.

Future forestry leaders, great communicators and inspiring innovators were honoured alongside a dedicated servant of the industry at Confor’s largest-ever awards dinner.

There were also new awards for Professional Forester of the Year and a Net Zero prize to mark the industry's vital contribution to addressing the damaging impacts of climate change.

Confor Chief Executive Stuart Goodall said the awards showed the industry was in great shape - and "ready, willing and able to tackle the big economic and environmental challenges ahead".

Graham Taylor of Pryor & Rickett Silviculture won the top award for Dedicated Service to Forestry, while Tom Barnes of Vastern Timber was the winner of the Changing Attitudes Award for his work in sharing positive and accessible videos about forestry to a wider audience.

Neil White of Scottish Woodlands Ltd won the Tom A Bruce-Jones Memorial Award for Future Leader in the Forest Industry, with BH Wildlife Consultancy and Forestry & Land Scotland scooping the Innovation & Research prize.

The first Net Zero Award went to Neil Stoddart of Creel Maritime Ltd, while Jonathan Callis of Network Rail picked up the inaugural Professional Forester of the Year Award, sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Foresters.