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Searching for Scotland's Finest Woods

The finest woodlands in Scotland are being asked to step forward as part of a national awards programme.
Scotland's Finest Woods Awards 2018 recognise excellence in the creation and management of woodlands and forests.
A Farm Woodland Award has been added for 2018, in addition to Awards for Quality Timber, New Native Woodlands, Community Woodlands and a Schools Award. Entries close on 31st March.
Winners in 2017 included the largest new planting scheme of the modern generation, Jerah in Clackmannanshire (Quality Timber), as well as Carrifran Wildwood, near Moffat in the Scottish Borders – described as “a beacon of hope” for woodland restoration in the Uplands.
Carrifran was a joint winner of the New Native Woods Award with Mar Lodge Estate Pinewoods at Braemar in the Cairngorms National Park. 
Airor Common Grazings Native Woodland in Knoydart was best Large Community Woodland, with Doune Ponds, Perthshire, winning the Small Community Woodlands category. Underbank Primary School in Crossford, South Lanarkshire, won the Schools Award.
The new Farm Woodland award is open to any farm where tree planting or woodland management has made an important contribution to the farm business and/or the local environment. The winner will receive the magnificent Lilburn Trophy and £1000 cash, thanks to joint support from The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) and Scottish Woodlands Ltd.
Winners must show their farm woodland is used in a “sustainable and potentially enterprising way with responsible management providing direct farming benefits”. This might include: generating income from sustainably managed woods; using biomass, woodfuel or wood chips on site or selling them as renewable, clean energy; creating new woods to off-set carbon produced from agricultural operations; using woodland for livestock shelter, sporting interests or other amenity use.
Angela Douglas, Executive Director of Scotland's Finest Woods, said: "Farm woodlands are an important part of Scotland’s landscape, whether they are shelter-belts for livestock, cherished native woodlands, productive conifers supporting a farming business or younger woods. We are delighted to introduce this award to show how tree planting on farms can contribute to a healthy environment and the economic viability of the farm business."
Jimmy Warnock, RHASS Chairman said: “Many progressive landowners in Scotland have recognised the benefits of incorporating woodland into farm management plans and have invested for the long-term reward for the environment, people and the economy of Scotland. RHASS is proud to support these inspiring individuals.”
Ralland Browne, Managing Director of Scottish Woodlands Ltd, one of the UK’s leading forest management businesses, said: “Scottish Woodland Owners’ Association, which evolved into Scottish Woodlands Ltd, helped establish the first awards in 1985. I was lucky enough to win several awards on behalf of clients as a young forester in the late 80s and early 90s and I’m delighted, now as Managing Director of the company, to support continued excellence in the sector.”
The deadline for entries to all categories is 31st March. Winners will be honoured at a ceremony at the Royal Highland Show in June. For full detail of all categories and to download an entry form, go to

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