Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award – Environment

Bute Forest & Bute Community Land Company are very pleased to announce their nomination for the 2013 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award – Environment. The awards are a partnership between Glenfiddich and the Scotsman newspaper and seek to recognise “inspirational achievement across a range of cultural fields.” There are four nominees in the Environment category chosen by the judging panel from across Scotland but the final winner in each category is chosen by public vote.

Bute Forest has been nominated for its work in managing the forest in an environmentally friendly and ecological manner, utilising the continuous cover approach to forestry. The forester-run sawmill received special mention in the Scotsman coverage on Saturday as did the educational and recreational opportunities provided.

Forest Manager Emma Cooper is the named recipient of the nomination and will be attending a special award ceremony in Edinburgh at the end of November. Emma said “Bute Forest is really honoured to have received this nomination. It’s great to see any community-owned forest receiving recognition for its work and for us to be nominated so soon after the community buy-out of Bute Forest it really is a great accolade for all of the Directors, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to get the project off the ground. We’re keeping our fingers tightly crossed for the big night and would like to thank anyone who takes the time to vote for us.”

You can vote for Bute Forest at