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Scotland's Finest Woods Awards - still time to enter.

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – still time to enter

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – still time to enter.

Scotland’s Finest Woods (SFW) and the Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland (OWLS) once again team up to run an annual Schools Award in Scotland for 2018.  The Award is to encourage and reward schools that increase young people’s understanding and appreciation of the environmental, social and economic potential of trees, woodlands and forests and of the link between trees and everyday wood-based products.

We are proud to sponsor the Schools Award again this year. Entry is open to nursery, primary, secondary and special schools anywhere in Scotland.

Entries can be practical or desk projects involving forestry, woodlands or trees.  Here are some examples of projects that can be entered:

A programme of learning in a woodland or forest environment or in a forest industry setting.
A classroom-based study of woods and forests or the forest industry.
Practical  tree planting or woodland improvement projects in school grounds or in the local community.

There is a cash prize of £500 for the winning school and the runners-up prize is £250 with both receiving one of our Mag Posts and and a special Tree Pack containing trees for planting or tree growing kits.  Each prizewinning school also receives a certificate and a special commemorative wooden display plaque recording their achievement.  In addition, the beautiful Crown Estates’ Schools ‘squirrel’ trophy will be awarded at the discretion of the judges with custody by the winning school for one year.

The winner and runner-up will be presented with their prizes on Friday, 22nd June 2018 at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh.

The deadline is soon – Saturday, 31st March 2018. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

These are the winners from years gone by. Why not see if you can add your school’s name to the list!

2017 Underbank Primary School (South Lanarkshire)
2016 Gavinburn Early Education and Learning Centre (West Dunbartonshire)
2015 Dingwall Academy and Evanton Community Woods (Ross-shire)
2014 Dreghorn Primary School, Irvine (North Ayrshire)
2013 Howden St. Andrew’s RC Primary School, Livingston (West Lothian)
2012 Mortlach Primary School, Dufftown (Moray)
2011 Rosneath Primary School, Helensburgh (Argyll & Bute)
2010 Charleston Academy, Inverness (Highland)
2009 Cowgate Under 5’s Centre (City of Edinburgh)
2008 St. Joan of Arc Special School (City of Glasgow)
2007 Cockburnspath Primary School (Scottish Borders)
2006 Equal 1st place: St Crispin’s Special School (City of Edinburgh)
2006 Equal 1st place Kincardine-in-Menteith Primary School (Stirling)