THREE new awards recognising leadership, innovation and communication are to be presented at Confor’s expanded Forestry Dinner & Awards Evening in February 2020.

The three new awards are:

Future Forestry Leader Award, sponsored by James Jones & Sons Ltd – for an individual with outstanding skills, who has the potential to be a leader in the forestry and timber sector.

Changing Attitudes Award, sponsored by Scottish Woodlands Ltd – for an individual or business promoting the forestry and wood sector in a positive and impactful way, through personal engagement, campaigning or communication, social media or other ways.

Innovation and Research Award, sponsored by Forestry Commission and Forestry & Land Scotland – for a business or individual delivering successful innovation and/or research which has clearly demonstrated greater productivity or efficiency in the forestry and wood industry.

Confor CEO Stuart Goodall said: “The forestry and wood sector is buoyant and expanding – with every hope of further growth as political parties start to buy into our important messaging about the need to expand forest cover in the UK to support our economy, environment and communities.

“We want to reflect the optimism of the sector by recognising excellence. The Dedicated Service to Forestry Award is the premier industry prize, but we wanted to reward quality more widely across the sector.”