Established in 1985, Scotland's Finest Woods Awards celebrate the contribution that woodlands can make to the people of Scotland, its environment and economic prosperity.
In 2011, to mark the United Nations' International Year of Forests, Scotland's Finest Woods launched a special CSGN Community Woodland Prize competition. This award sought to highlight excellence in community and urban woodland, and reward social projects that engage people in creating, improving or using local woodland environments within the CSGN.
Scotland's Finest Woods embarked on a campaign to promote awareness of the award and encourage entries.
Following the closing date of 21st April 2011, entries were collated and a winner was selected.
Environment and Climate Change Minister, Stewart Stevenson presented the Community Woodland Award to the Dedridge Environment Ecology Project at an awards ceremony at the Royal Highland Show in June 2011. A further £1,000 was awarded to Dunbar Community Woodland Group as a runner-up prize.
Following the awards ceremony, Scotland's Finest Woods promoted the winning projects as examples of good practice.
"This fantastic little woodland in the middle of Livingston is largely known only to local residents but with nature trails and wildlife sculptures competing for attention, it deserves to be known by many more. The enthusiasm and hard work of the local group is matched by professional woodland management and the on-going involvement of local residents is testimony to the projects merit; a truly deserving winner."
SFWA Director, Peter Wilson
The CSGN Community Woodland Award recognised and rewarded successful community woodland projects. It promoted examples of good practice and encouraged participation in community woodland creation and management schemes.
The £2,000 prize money was used by the Dedridge Environment Ecology Project to create a wetland feature on the site of a former pond. This helped to improve the biodiversity of the area and attracted wildlife such as reed buntings, butterflies and damselflies.
In 2013 the Central Scotland Forest Trust was awarded £75,000 to develop and deliver a programme of woodland, greenspace, wetland and path improvements in the Dedridge Burn and Murieston Water corridors in south Livingston (CSGN621). Working with West Lothian Council and the Dedridge Environment Ecology Project, a masterplan and details works specification will be prepared with the aim of reconnecting fragmented green and blue spaces in the area. Some of the physical improvements planned include management of existing woodland, pond restoration and new wetland creation, creation of new swales and wildflower meadows and path upgrades and the installation of new signage, interpretation and seating.
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