Glenlivet estate captures prize at Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2010

The Glenlivet estate received one of several awards presented by Scottish Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, at the Royal Highland Show today. Presented to some of Scotland's finest woods and woodland projects the estate, in Banffshire, was the winner of the Dulverton Flagon awarded for Innovation and Diversity.


12 August 2010

The special Silver Jubilee awards programme - organised by independent charity, Scotland's Finest Woods - celebrated the contribution that woodlands can make to the environment and to the quality of life of people and communities across the country.

Ms Cunningham said: "Scotland's Finest Woods has an impressive record in recognising the exceptional quality of woodlands and woodland projects being carried out across Scotland - often to the betterment of our communities, to individuals and to our economy.

"Forestry has a positive impact on many aspects of our lives, our culture and our environment and, of course, as a key element of our efforts to combat climate change, it can have a hugely positive impact on our future.

"Promoting and encouraging effective and dynamic management of our woodlands is a great way of ensuring that our forest resource can meet the many demands made on it. "The Finest Woods Awards celebrate the best of Scotland's woodlands and the efforts of the many people whose hard work behind the scenes makes these woodlands such fantastic examples of good forestry practice."

Peter Wilson, Executive Director of Scotland's Finest Woods, the charity which runs the awards, said the judges had struck gold: "People from across Scotland work hard to support their local communities and the environment and these awards provide a way to recognise and reward their achievements and to identify exemplars for others to follow.

"There was a record 38 projects entered for the awards this year and the quality of what is happening out there has simply bowled us over! The quality of this year's entry was so high that the judges made fourteen awards and commendations in total - which is most likely a record in itself.

"And, as well as the annual Schools Award and Community Woodland Award, we this year decided to mark our Silver Jubilee with a special award - open to all previous winners of our silvicultural excellence and multi-purpose forestry awards - to find the 'champion of champions'!

"Basically we struck gold this year!"

Winners

  • Winner of the Dulverton Flagon awarded for Innovation and Diversity

The Crown Estate for Glenlivet estate, Banffshire

Judges' view: a special prize for innovation and diversity to mark the estate's keen and enthusiastic focus on innovation and drawing in partners and resources to contribute to and benefit from the estate.

  • Winner of the Tim Stead Trophy for Community Woodlands

Forres Community Woodlands Trust for Sanquhar Woodlands, Forres, Moray

Judges' view: the 'gold standard for community woodlands' with 'an astonishing and professional approach'. More should be done to encourage others to visit and learn.

  • Winner of the Schools Award

The Charleston Academy, Kinmylie, Inverness

Judges' view: effective development of learning opportunities through a Forest School programme, rural skills training and conservation work all using woodlands in the school's catchment area.

  • The Silver Jubilee Competition:Overall Winner of the Silver Jubilee Prize and Winner of the John Kennedy Trophy for Multi-purpose Woodlands

Forestry Commission Scotland (Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District) for Glenmore Forest Park, Aviemore, Inverness-shire

Judges' view: an outstanding forest, where the scale of change to achieve objectives has been dramatic. The estate now combines biodiversity conservation, timber production and high quality access in an impressive way, handling 350,000 visitors cross the forest park each year.

  • Winner of the Hunter Blair Salver awarded for Silvicultural Excellence

Dr James Bryce for Newbyth Oak Wood, East Linton, East Lothian

Judges' view: an exemplar of broadleaf silviculture. The quality of crop management was singled out for praise with the thinning, brashing and monitoring an excellent demonstration of what is sadly a dying art in Scotland and 'a window on the past'.