Tilhill is celebrating after a double win in the Quality Timber Awards at the 2022 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards which recognise excellence in forests, woodlands and forest-related projects across Scotland.
Succothmore, located in Cowal, Argyll was the winner of the Quality Timber Awards’ New Commercial Woods competition. The property is managed by Tilhill Forest Manager Bryan Pearce. Of the win, the judges said: “Succothmore is an exceptional scheme from design to successful establishment. Both biodiversity and public access will benefit, including important botanical species and strong links into the Cowal Way.”
Bryan Pearce, Tilhill said: “I am thrilled to have been awarded the James Jones Trophy for New Commercial Woods for Succothmore. I find woodland creation, although not straightforward, a hugely rewarding part of the job. Receiving an award like this is a great way to shine a light on the community engagement and environmental improvements we achieve as foresters while still providing for our future timber and fibre needs.”
There was also a rare presentation made at the Quality Timber Award judges’ discretion of The Dulverton Flagon, last awarded in 2016. It was presented to Cormilligan, a large new commercial wood planted in Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries & Galloway, managed by Tilhill’s, Isaac Adams. The judges described it as: “An excellent example of modern Scottish forestry, delivering multiple objectives, focusing on quality timber and climate change mitigation”. They praised its “ambition, vision, and ability to take on board others’ views and criticism in its development”.
Isaac Adams, Tilhill’s Area Manager for Dumfries and Galloway said: “The planning and delivery of the woodland creation scheme at Cormilligan required a significant amount of work from our team and it’s a fantastic honour to have that recognised by way of this award.”
Tilhill’s Forestry Director, David Edwards said of the double win: “I am absolutely delighted that Tilhill has once again been announced as winners at the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards. I am extremely proud of the hard work and effort that has been put into both the winning properties on behalf of our clients. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
Màiri McAllan, Minister for Environment and Land Reform, who presented the Awards, said: “Scotland boasts a strong woodland heritage that is admired by many countries and its international reputation for good woodland management is well deserved.
“The Awards celebrate the achievements and hard work of all those who create and care for our forests and woodlands and instill a love of trees in our young people.
“This year, the judges’ results shine a special spotlight on young people of both nursery and school ages, farm and community woodlands – and excellence in creating new productive and native woods.
“I’d like to congratulate all the winners who are keeping Scotland’s woodlands the finest they can be.”
Angela Douglas, Executive Director of Scotland’s Finest Woods, said; “We’re delighted to have such a tremendous collection of winners and to be able to honour them in person for the first time since 2019. The large number of excellent entries from schools and early years settings was particularly pleasing, showing the future of our fine forests and wonderful woodlands is clearly in good hands!”