Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Announced
Winner of the James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woods – The Church Commissioners for England, for their site at Warroch Hill near Milnathort. (L-R) Dr Aileen McLeod, Chris West (representing the Church Commissioners for England) and his daughter Sophie West, Graham Carter (agent – Aitchesse Ltd.) and Bruce Spalding (Forest Manager – UPM Tilhill).
Winners of the 2015 Scotland’s Finest Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Royal Highland Show on 19 June. Scottish Environment Minister, Dr Aileen McLeod presented the four categories of prizes, which honoured woodland projects from Knoydart, Glasgow, Milnathort and Dingwall.
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 Schools Award
- 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.