Wonderful Woodlands Awards & Scottish Forest Parks

We are so lucky here in Scotland to have some amazing green spaces to enjoy and ground ourselves. Discover more about the native flora and fauna with the Wonderful Woodlands Awards, also the pristine woodland walks that you can explore in the beautiful forest parks in Scotland.

Wonderful Woodlands Awards, Forest Parks, Scotland, Carrifran Wildwood, Moffat Hills
Carrifran Wildwood in the Moffat Hills ©SFWA

 

Wonderful Woodlands Awards & Forest Parks in Scotland

Wonderful Woodland Awards

Magnificent woodlands and fabulous forests from all across Scotland have been recognised in an annual Wonderful Woodlands awards ceremony.

The 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards honour the outstanding contributions made by woodland to people, the environment and the economy.

The winners come from the length and breadth of Scotland, from the Borders Forest Trust Wildwood Group in the south to the Airor Common Grazings Committee in Knoydart in the north west.

This past weekend the Wonderful Woodland Awards were announced at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. Tthe winner for the Large Community Woodland is Airor Common Grazings Native Woodland, Knoydart.  Aigas Community Forest, Inverness-shire a community social enterprise (Highly Commended) and Falkland Estate, Fife (Commended). Did you know you can visit the Falkland Estate and retrace royal footsteps on this historic land.  

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Wonderful Woodland Award Winner – Airor Common Grazings Native Woodland, Knoydart Pictured left to right: Jim Brown, Kristy Brown (Grazings Clerk), Tony Robinson (Grazings Chair), Fergus Ewing (Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity) with Jim & Kristy’s children Kitty (8) and Rossa (3) at the front. ©Public Affairs Co-op

Other Woodland Awards

There was also the Small Woodland Award category, New Native Woods Award and Quality Timber Awards – New Commercial Woodlands and the Schools Award.  It is expected that in 2018, an additional award for Farm Woodlands will be created.

The school summer holidays will begin here in Scotland tomorrow.  If you are looking for a great day out for the family why not visit Doune.  Doune Ponds, Perthshire 2017 small community award winner, was once a sand quarry now it is home to three different ponds that host a large number of birds including swans, coots, warblers, swallows and swifts. There are also all types of trees and bushes including willow, myrtle, rowan and birch. In the area is also Doune Castle and Gardens. The castle was built in 1370 and restored between 1883 – 1886. Don’t forget to look out for the native red squirrel.

 

Wonderful Woodlands Awards, Forest Parks, Scotland, Doune Castle
Doune Castle ©MDHarding

 

Scottish Forest Parks

Did you know Scotland is home to six forest parks, Glenmore, Tay, Argyll, Queen Elizabeth, Tweed Valley and Galloway.  Each with their own character and delights.

Glenmore Forest Park located in the highlands of north Scotland you can walk through some of Scotland’s ancient forest then onto the pretty sand beach, with views over Loch Morlich and the dramatic snow-capped Cairngorm Mountains.

Wonderful Woodlands Awards, Forest Parks, Scotland, Loch Morlich
Loch Morlich ©MDHarding

 

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park by Aberfoyle is home to Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, there is stunning woodland walks with waterfalls and a bird hide, also home to Scottish Heilan Coos (Highland Cows).

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Helian Coo at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park ©MDHarding

 

Galloway Forest Park down in the south west of Scotland is the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, with over 75,000 hectares.  The park also has tranquil lochs, enchanting wildlife and legendary mountain bike trails.

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Entrance to Galloway Forest Park ©MDHarding

The best way to get to these amazing forest parks is by car. Once there you can explore on foot or why not take your bike?

I hope you have enjoyed reading about Scotland’s ancient woodlands and forest parks.  As always, I would love to hear from you. Have you visited any of the Scottish Forest Parks?  Which one was your favourite? Please leave any comments/questions below. Happy Travels:) x

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Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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