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A 2020 Vision: To find Scotland's finest forests and woodlands - Confor

The annual search to find Scotland’s finest forests and most wonderful woods has begun.

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2020 - supported by Confor - celebrates the programme’s 35th anniversary and builds on its biggest-ever year in 2019, when Fort Augustus Woodlands won the one-off 1919 Forestry Act Centenary Award.

Angela Douglas, Executive Director of Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, said: “2019 was a hugely significant year for trees in Scotland, with planting targets surpassed, full devolution of forestry policy and the centenary of the 1919 Act. We were delighted to celebrate that by honouring a range of brilliant winners, from a nursery school helping children discover the wonder of trees to experienced professionals for managing a large forest over several generations. The challenge is to find more wonderful winners to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Awards in 2020.”

The 2019 winners stretched from Michaelswood Public Amenity in Aith, Shetland (winner of the Small Community Woodland Group Award) to Beirhope, near Kelso, in the Scottish Borders - winner of the New Commercial Woodlands Awards.

“The Awards have always had a wide geographical reach, as well as reflecting the huge variety of excellent woods and forests in Scotland and I’m sure that 2020 will be no exception,” Angela Douglas added.