We are proud to announce that the newly created forest on Carrick Castle Estate has been awarded the James Jones trophy for new commercial woodlands in Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2016.


The judges said:


This scheme presented substantial conservation challenges over and above its presence in the national park.The fundamental research and survey work carried out as part of the environmental assessment process will certainly benefit future similarly sensitive forestry proposals. The extent of native woodland establishment and designed open space within the plantation will ensure long- term conservation benefits while the extensive areas of Sitka spruce will provide a valuable commercial resource for the future.

“The potential to export timber from the site by sea is already being demonstrated as timber from existing adjacent plantations is being shipped to the South West. This is a well-designed scheme which shows the ability of the design process to accommodate significant environmental interests within an extensive commercial forest.


The award was presented to Tilhill Forestry’s Argyll forest management team at the Highland Show in July 2016, pictured below.

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In accepting the award Senior Forest Manager for Tilhill Forestry Ross Buchanan (centre of picture) said:

We were absolutely thrilled to win the James Jones trophy. It is recognition for everyone involved in this complex project which involved hundreds of hours of planning, surveying, consulting, compromising, and creating to accomplish the design and the implementation of the final product.

We hope that this scheme can represent a flagship example of what can be achieved in terms of productive woodland creation in modern Scotland. This has been accomplished in a manner which positively satisfies multiple objectives but which also puts a heavy weighting on the value of timber production.”