Winner of Hunter Blair Trophy for Silvicultural Excellence

The Hunter Blair trophy that was awarded to the Lovat Estate

Woodlands owned by Mrs Virginia Fraser, Lord Lovat’s mother, at Fanellan and Ruttle and which have been in the Lovat family ownership for many generations have won the Hunter Blair Trophy for silvicultural excellence at the Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards. The prize of £1,000, the Hunter Blair trophy, plaque and certificate were presented at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh on 20th June 2014 to Dietrich Pannwitz of Sylvestrus Ltd, the forestry contractor for the woodlands.The judges commented: “It is clear that this wood has benefited greatly from the application of silvicultural operations over the last 6 years and throughout the wood the works being done are improving productivity, quality and visual appearance. A particular success is the scale of natural regeneration of broadleaves and conifers which is now being achieved. The judges were impressed by the level of care and attention to detail in the way plans were being implemented. There is no doubt that the silviculture now being applied will safeguard existing quality in the better stands and enhance quality in others. The wood is an excellent example of how appropriate and timely silviculture can have a significant positive impact.”