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UPM Tilhill managed forest wins top prize at the Scottish Finest Woods Awards
(UPM Tilhill, Edinburgh, 12 July 2012) – UPM Tilhill is celebrating after winning the top accolade at The Scottish Finest Woods Awards in recognition of their work on a large-scale planting operation involving around 900,000 trees.
The Quality Timber Award is for newly-planted commercial woodlands, focusing on productive conifer woodland of ten hectares or more in extent, up to five years old and established on previously bare land. It is the first time this award has been presented.
Annelshope Forest owner John Hartz said: “I was absolutely thrilled to win the award for the forest. The award is a real credit to the UPM Tilhill team, who ensured that the project was carried out in a very professional and environmentally sensitive manner. I was also personally pleased to see the project support local jobs.”
John is a client of FIM Services Limited and director Colin Lees-Millais commented: “The Scottish Government is actively encouraging expansion of forestry in Scotland. The grants provide an attractive income profile for 10 years as the crop is established and allows low productive, marginal land to be converted into highly productive forests. This is an ideal example of what can be achieved and we are pleased to be associated with this investment”
Since UPM Tilhill started managing the site in 2010, the team has planted around 900,000 trees at Annelshope Forest – predominantly Sitka Spruce and Larch. Some 25,000 broadleaves were planted along the edge of an area of special conservation. Timber from the site will eventually be used for fencing, house building and shed making.
UPM Tilhill District Manager Martin Craig said the award was a great example of team work with Deputy District Manager Ben Schofield designing the scheme, Forest Manager Lindsay Greer implementing and working closely with Wildlife Manager Chris Gray and UPM Tilhill Ecologist John Gallacher.
The judges for the awards commented: “Implemented with particular sensitivity and attention to detail and reflecting the outcomes of consultation, this well-chosen site is likely to be both productive (producing high yield classes) and visually attractive. A large commercial project (over 400 ha’s) next to a sensitive public road, the judges felt that the overall quality of both the project and the forestry staff effort in meeting the variety of challenges made it the winning entry.”
SFWA Director, Peter Wilson, said: "These Awards seek to identify and reward the very best woodland projects that are managed to the highest standards for the benefit of their long-term sustainability and for the benefits they deliver for our biodiversity, our communities, our people and our economy.
"Through the course of the judges' visits to each of the projects vying for this year's awards, it has become increasingly evident that there is a very high level of commitment and dedication to all aspects of forestry in Scotland. The efforts of individuals, businesses and communities across the country illustrate why we have a woodland heritage that is the envy of many, and a forestry industry that is robust and thriving.
"This year's awards were particularly hard to judge because the standard and quality of entries has been higher than ever. We look forward to an even harder job next year!"
The focus of the Scotland's Finest Woods Awards in 2012 is on the sustainable management of our woods and forests and the economic, environmental and social benefits they deliver to people in Scotland. The award ceremony took place on Friday 22th June at the Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh.
Established more than 60 years ago, UPM Tilhill is a national company operating from a network of offices throughout the UK.
UPM Tilhill is the UK’s largest timber harvesting and forest management company. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor. It also provides market leading services in utility arboriculture and commercial landscaping throughout the UK. Further information is available on the company’s website at www.upm-tilhill.com
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UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production plants in 16 countries. UPM's annual sales exceed EUR 10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com
FIM www.fimltd.co.uk is a market leader in UK forestry funds for private investors. FIM was established in 1979 and is authorised and regulated by the FSA. It has funds under management of some £315 million across a range of asset backed investments and renewable energy projects.
FIM provides investment advice on the management of some 53,000 hectares of land and forests. FIM has used this asset base to expand into renewables.