Scotland's Finest Woods Awards Winners 2018! 

On Friday afternoon, Mr and Mrs Rawson, Mitchell, Elsa and Molly C headed up to Ingliston to attend the Forestry Commission's Scotland's Finest Woods Awards (SFWA) at the Royal Highland Show.

There was a huge mass of traffic heading in to the West Car Park and we parked so far away that Mrs Rawson soon had her phone out looking for cheap flights to Edinburgh Airport.

We arrived at the ceremony to be met by Angela Douglas, the SFWA Executive Director. We also met Mr Fergus Ewing, MSP Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity.

The judges said of our efforts:

"Children throughout St Mary’s School have been involved with a series of wood and woodland based activities including building and erecting bird and bee boxes, designing a bird hide and collecting seed and growing trees for planting in the local community. The judges were particularly impressed with the tree nursery and the school working with the local community to recycle and reuse materials."

After speeches from both Mrs Douglas and Mr Ewing it was our turn!


Molly, Elsa and Mitchell had only received their copies of their speeches in the car on the journey up and Mitchell had been called up to the team 15 minutes before that. All spoke, slowly, clearly and confidently. They were a real credit to the school and were wholeheartedly congratulated by their audience.


We later discovered that it was the first time in the 10 years of the award that anyone had given a speech!

As well as an award of £500, a certificate and a beautiful wooden plaque, St. Mary's also received a magnifying post and a rather rotund wooden squirrel who was immediately nicknamed Chestnut!

Well done to all involved!