Hunt on for Scotland's finest woods

Businesses working in the forestry sector are being urged to find out if their woodland is one of the best by entering the 2016 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards.

Now open for applications, the Awards are an annual recognition and celebration of those who use, promote, own or manage Scotland's woods and forests to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits.

Angela Douglas Executive Director of Scotland's Finest Woods, said:

“We, at Scotland’s Finest Woods, want to recognise the very best of Scotland woods, their management and all they can offer.

“The forestry industry in this county boasts some of the highest standards of silvicultural practice to be found anywhere. It is great that the woodland owners, managers and businesses who strive to grow high quality timber and to create new native woodland have a way to gain recognition for being the very best.

“We thrive on finding and celebrating the best examples of all the hard work that goes on, often away from public gaze and often over many years, to develop Scottish forestry and I am delighted that those involved have the opportunity to become a winner of a Finest Woods Award.

“With the applications round for 2016 just having opened - and nearly £7,000 of prize money to be won - I encourage anyone with an interest to enter their woodland project today and be part of it!"

The 2015 Awards received entries from all across Scotland – from the western Isles to Sutherland to Knoydart into the heart of Glasgow and right down to the Scottish Borders. There are four category awards – featuring seven competitions – including awards for schools and for community woodlands.

The Quality Timber Awards focuses on growing quality timber and has three competitions - newly-planted commercial woods; a single-stands or compartment or small wood; or whole estates/large multi-purpose forests.  Three magnificent trophies and £3,000 of prize money have to be won. The New Native Woods Award is rewarded with the unique Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and £1,000 of prize money.      

Those active in the forest industry are invited to apply by Christmas before getting too busy with planting programmes. However, entries are accepted up to 31st March 2016. Any entries after 31 March 2016 will not be considered.

Full details, including entry criteria and entry forms, are available at www.sfwa.co.uk where you can also register your interest in entering the Awards.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Scotland's Finest Woods is an independent charity and relies on the generosity of supporters to stage Scotland's premier woodland awards programme. This year's key Delivery Partners are: BSW Timber, Egger Forestry, Forestry Commission Scotland, Iggesund Forestry, James Jones & Sons Ltd, Outdoor Woodland & Learning Scotland, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, UPM Tilhill and Woodland Trust Scotland.
  5. Entries to the prestigious Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards can come from anywhere in Scotland. The panel of volunteer judges will assess competitive entries to select the winners in each category who are invited to a special ceremony at the Royal Highland Show that will take place on Friday, 24th June 2016.
  6. Media enquiries to Angela Douglas, Scotland's Finest Woods Awards, 07969 327015 or 01337 870208 or Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.