The Best of Scotland's Woods

A community group from Livingston and a Berwickshire based botanist beat off competition from around Scotland to pick up trophies at this year’s Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards. Environment & Climate Change Minister, Stewart Stevenson presented the Community Woodland Award to the Dedridge Environment Ecology Project and the New Native Woodlands Award to David Long at a ceremony at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston. 

School Award Winner

 The Schools Award was won by Rosneath Primary School in Helensburgh, for their whole school project – Forest Schools Friday, which allowed all pupils to learn practical and curriculum focussed skills in the community woodland.

The Award winners are:
Community Woodland Award - Dedridge Environment Ecology Project for Dedridge Burn Plantation, Livingston.

SFWA Director, Peter Wilson said, “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 ongoing
involvement of local residents is testimony to the projects merit; a truly deserving winner."

New Native Woods - David Long was presented with the Woodland Trust Scotland Trophy for Northwoode Native Woodland, Spottiswoode, Berwickshire.

SFWA Director, Peter Wilson said, “An excellent example of an individual’s commitment to create a native woodland through the restructuring of an existing conifer plantation through a combination of planting (primarily Oak) and natural regeneration (primarily Birch and Rowan).”

Hunter Blair Salver for silvicultural excellence: Lady Balgonie for Dalnahaiglish, Glenferness Estate, Nairnshire: for consistent woodland management of a single stand promoting the production of high quality timber for specialist markets.

John Kennedy Trophy for best example of large scale forestry: UPM Tilhill for Ramsaygrain East & Rashiegrain Forests near Hawick, Roxburghshire – for the quality of intensive operational management of mixed species crops, long term retentions and outstanding work in restructuring of commercial timber production forest areas.

For more information on the awards and on how to enter, visit