Applicants urged to beat the deadline for Scotland's Finest Woods Awards

The final push is on for anyone applying to the 2016 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards - with only 30 days to go to submit entries! 

The Awards - an annual recognition and celebration of those who use, promote, own or manage Scotland's woods and forests – are open for woodland owners and managers, including communities and individuals. There is also a special award for schools of any type anywhere in Scotland that is involved in a forestry, wood or trees project.

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

“We, at Scotland’s Finest Woods, want to recognise the very best of Scotland’s woods and all they can offer and we’re looking forward to another exciting range of entries this year.

“Forestry in Scotland contributes almost £1billion to the economy so it’s hugely important and our goal is to help celebrate that success by finding and celebrating the best examples of all the hard work that goes on - often away from public gaze and often over many years.

“There are several trophies and a total of £7,000 of prize money to be won so grab a short and simple application form and put your woodland forward before it’s too late!”

There are four category awards – featuring seven competitions – that include forest industry focused awards, new native woods award and awards for schools and for community woodlands.

More details, including entry criteria, helpful guidance, short simple entry forms and general information about the awards, are available online , where you can download all relevant information.

Entries must be in by 31st March 2016.

Notes to editors

  1. 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, IggesundForestry, James Jones & Sons Ltd, Outdoor Woodland & Learning Scotland, Scottish Woodlands Ltd, Tilhill Forestry and Woodland Trust Scotland.
  2. 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.
  3. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  4. Media enquiries to 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.