Scotland's Finest Woods Awards 2015
Environment Minister, Dr Aileen McLeod, presented this year’s Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards (Friday 19 June) during a visit to the Royal Highland Show, Ingliston.
Run by independent charity, Scotland's Finest Woods, the awards celebrate the contribution that woodlands make to the people, environment and economic prosperity of Scotland.
Four award categories that cover a wide range of woodland options are open for businesses, schools, organisations or individuals to enter.
This year’s winners include woodland projects from Knoydart, Glasgow, Milnathort and Dingwall.
Dr McLeod, said;
“Forestry is an intrinsic part of life and business in Scotland yet they can often be overlooked or taken for granted by many people. As well as being safe havens for wildlife and great places for people of all ages to de-stress, have fun and enjoy some active leisure, woodlands are, of course, the mainstay of our burgeoning forestry and timber processing sector.
“In fact, woodlands are such a multi-faceted resource that it is difficult to list the many ways that they contribute – and the many benefits they bring - to our quality of life, our communities, our environment and our economy.
"Sustaining, maintaining and expanding this resource is the work of dedicated, passionate people who often work away quietly behind the scenes over many years.
“These awards recognise all of that hard work and celebrate outstanding contributions to the creation and management of Scotland’s finest woods.”
In addition to receiving trophies and prize monies, all winners receive a specially commissioned cherry wood commemorative plaque engraved with their winning details to keep.
This year’s award winners were:
Community Woodlands Awards:
• Knoydart Forest Trust - ‘Promoting Viable Livelihoods’ and overall community woodlands’ category winner, awarded The Tim Stead Trophy and £1,000 prize money.
• Glasgow City Council for Castlemilk Park (Promoting Healthy Lifestyles category, awarded £1,000 prize money
New Native Woods Award
• The John Muir Trust for Li and Coire Dhorrcail Woodlands, Knoydart - Awarded The Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy and £1,000 prize money
• Dingwall Academy and Evanton Community Woods, Ross-shire - awarded the Crown Estate trophy and £500 prize money together with a special tree pack for planting or tree growing kits and a magnifying post, a ‘Mag Post’, for exploring the natural world.
Quality Timber Award
• The Church Commissioners for England for Warroch Hill, Near Milnathort – New Commercial Woodlands awarded the James Jones Trophy and £1,000.
Community Woodlands Award - Knoydart Forest Trust
Pictured (L-R) Dr Aileen McLeod, Grant Holroyd and Lorna Schofield
Community Woodlands Award - Glasgow City Council for Castlemilk Park
Pictured (L-R) Dr Aileen McLeod, Anna Stuart and Clare Malpas
New Native Woods Award - The John Muir Trust
Pictured (L-R) Peter Pearson, Dr Aileen McLeod and Lester Standen
Schools Award - Dingwall Academy
Pictured (L-R) Dr Aileen McLeod, Alexander Collins, Ryan Kellow and Simon Harry
Quality Timber Award - The Church Commissioners
Pictured (L-R) Dr Aileen McLeod, Chris West and daughter Sophie, Graham Carter and Bruce Spalding
Chris represented The Church Commissioners, Graham represented Aitchesse Ltd and Bruce represented UPM Tilhill