Scotland’s Finest Wood Awards 2019 are open for applications until 31 March 2019 - click here for the full press release. There are several categories of award but Scottish Woodlands Ltd is delighted to sponsor a new award for 2019.
The new award is to recognise Young People as a new category within the Farm Woodland Award, awarded for the first time in 2018. To be eligible to apply for the Young People Award, applicants should be 16 - 41 years old at 31 March 2019 (the closing date), and demonstrate that they are an active farmer / crofter and/or forester/woodland manager.
“For the Young People competition so long as the farmer/crofter has a Rural Payments’ Business Reference Number (BRN) and the entry is made with their prior agreement, the Young Person may be the forester/woodland manager only where they are different to the farmer/crofter. Entries for this competition, where both the farmer/crofter and forester are younger is especially welcomed.”
An eligible woodland for the Farm Woodland Awards must be at least 2 hectares in size, with (potential) canopy cover of at least 20%. Any young woodland must have had at least 5 growing seasons at the time of entry, i.e. planted in 2013/14 season or any time earlier. There can be more than one area of woodland on the farm included in the entry.
The judges will be looking for innovative and / or enterprising projects which have successfully integrated a tree crop into the farm / croft business, offering diversification to the business by adding to its productivity and financial stability. Prize awards will be made at the judges’ discretion.
In addition to the new award’s trophy, the winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000.
We wish any applicants good luck with their entry and look forward to meeting the winner at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston on 21 June!