Enter for Scotland’s 2010 silver jubilee woodland awards programme now!

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Issued on behalf of Scotland's Finest Woods

Entries are invited to Scotland's premier woodland awards programme.

It is the Silver Jubilee year for the Scotland's Finest Woods Awards and the 2010 awards programme promises to be the most exciting yet!

Peter Wilson, SFW Executive Director, said:

"Being our Silver Jubilee year, we thought we should do something extra special so, in addition to running our ever-popular Schools Award and the prestigious Community Woodlands Award, we have established a special Silver Jubilee Prize for this year only.†

“By inviting all those who have won our two longest running competitions to compete we are looking to pit champions against champions in pursuit of Scotland's finest of the finest!"

Three award categories are available:

•†Schools Award
School and pre-school projects can enter the ever-popular Schools Award.

•†Community Woodlands Award
Community and urban projects can compete for the prestigious Community Woodlands Award and the stunning Tim Stead Trophy.

•†Silver Jubilee Prize
This special prize will be open to all those who have won the Hunter Blair Trophy for silvicultural excellence or the John Kennedy Trophy for multi-purpose woodlands over the last 25 years.† A list of eligible past winners is available on www.sfwa.co.uk and the judges' task will be to identify 'the champion of champions'.

As always our judges will be seeking out Scotland's finest woods and rewarding the pursuit of excellence!†

Up to £3,000 of cash and other prizes will be presented to the winners at this year's Royal Highland Show.

Entries must be received by March 31st, so don't be shy, enter your woodland project today!

Notes for Editors
•†Scotland’s Finest Woods is a not-for-profit organisation and a Scottish Charity (SC039099).
•†The 2010 Awards programme is supported by its Delivery Partners – Forest Education Initiative and Forestry Commission Scotland – with additional support from Alba Trees, Central Scotland Forest Trust, Confederation of Forest Industries, Institute of Chartered Foresters and The Scottish Forestry Trust.
•†Further information from www.sfwa.co.uk or Peter Wilson on 0131 226 4665 or admin@sfwa.co.uk

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk