Scotland's Finest Woods Award open for entries

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The 2019 Scotland's Finest Woods Award are open for entries.

This year's awards programme is the biggest ever, with the Farm Woodland category expanded and a unique one-off award to celebrate the centenary of the 1919 Forestry Act.

Scotland's Finest Woods Awards highlight all that is best in Scotland’s management of its woods and forests, and showcase how they contribute to the wealth and well-being of Scotland’s people. 

The 2019 Awards are:

  • 1919 Forestry Act Centenary Award -- Unique for 2019, a one-off competition to mark the centenary of this important Act that has helped influence the way Scotland’s trees, woods and forests have been managed and nurtured over the past 100 years. It celebrates what they have contributed to our lives, economy and environment providing a platform for further growth in the next century. A specially commissioned trophy and £1,000 are being made available.
  • Community Woodlands Award -- Community-based projects compete for this Scotland-wide award with two competitions for both small and large community woodland groups therefore covering the full spectrum of community forestry in Scotland. The striking Tim Stead Trophy and prize money are up for grabs.
  • Farm Woodland Award -- Introduced in 2018 and now expanded into two competitions for an active farmer/crofter anywhere in Scotland and for young people whether the active farmer/crofter and/or their forester/woodland manager or both roles! The magnificent Lilburn Trophy and new for 2019, the Scottish Woodlands Ltd. Trophy for Young People plus cash prizes are to be won.
  • New Native Woods Award -- New native woodland projects compete for this award. The unique Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and a cash prize are available for the winner.
  • Quality Timber Awards -- Focusing on growing quality timber, woodland owners and their managers can compete in one of, or all, the three competitions with three magnificent trophies and prize money at stake. The competitions are for ‘newly-planted commercial woodland’, ‘a single stand/compartment/small wood’ or ‘whole estates and larger multi-purpose forests or woodlands’.
  • Schools Award -- Schools and pre-school projects anywhere in Scotland can enter this ever-popular award. They seek out Scotland’s most fun-packed school woodland projects with prize money plus other prizes available to be won. Pupils, teachers and many helpers have great fun taking part!

Visit the Scotland's Finest Woods Awards website for more information and to apply.

The awards are open until 31 March 2019.