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2016 Journal Prize Winners

2016 Journal Prize winners


Nineteen papers published in Scottish Forestry in 2016 were under consideration for our two trophies. The judges consider 2016 a very strong year, with some articles which were not winners, which in another year would have been. This augers well for the future of our journal.


Sir George Campbell Memorial Trophy awarded to the best paper by forestry professionals




·       Charlie Taylor Native Pinewood Managers’ group - reflections on the last 25 years.  Vol 70 No 2 (autumn edition)

Well written and analysed, and illustrated with his own, as always, spectacular photographs. It is  a potted history of the group and a summary of the status of native pinewoods with conclusions for their future. We also acknowledge Charlie’s excellent annual reports of the group’s activities, published in Scottish Forestry for these 25 years, and his great efforts in highlighting native pinewoods and their management over this time.


Commended were:

·       Scott Wilson Selection of tree species for future forestry in Scotland: nativeness, diversity and resilience  Vol 70 No 1 (spring/summer edition)

·       McCartan and Parratt Common juniper in Britain: a review of the challenges facing this iconic species  Vol 70 No 2 (autumn edition)


Scott Wilson’s article is important at this time, well researched (with some help from an RSFS grant) and illustrated, and brings his considerable experience to proposals for ways forward.  


McCartan & Parratt juniper paper was well argued and written, explaining the status and threats to this iconic endangered native conifer,r and efforts to conserve its genetic diversity.




Pictured is Charlie Taylor (left) being presented with his prize by Simon Blackett

GC Prize Winner


The Neil Findlay Memorial Trophy awarded for papers which are “not detailed accounts of conventional forest management, forest protection or research, but portray wider perspectives of people’s involvement with trees, woodland and the environment”.




·       Chris Badenoch The management of deer in lowland woodland Vol 70 No 2 (autumn)


For not accepting the status quo and drawing attention to the obstacles to controlling deer, in particular roe, in the lowlands. Based on 20 years of observations and discussions Chris uses common sense to challenge accepted policies and the current situation. This organised paper concludes with a rigorous list of changes required to address this significant problem.


 Pictured is Chris Badenoch with his Trophy. 

CB Prize Winner

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