UPM Tilhill Commended in Scotland's Finest Woodlands Awards 2009

Archive 11.8.2009 0:00 EEST

UPM Tilhill has been commended by Scotland's Finest Woodlands Awards (SFWA) for its multi-purpose forestry scheme at Kirndean Farm, near Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders.

Kirndean Farm, owned by John Butler, received a Commendation in the 'John Kennedy Trophy' class for the creation of an integrated, multi-purpose farming/forestry unit. Improvements to the surrounding landscape, primarily by softening the edges of the adjacent major forestry blocks were also noted as being very significant. The judges were highly impressed and thought it was a well-established project, gaining from its scale and professional input.

George McRobbie, Operations Director, UPM Tilhill, said: "We are delighted to receive this Commendation from Scotland's Finest Woodlands Award, which recognises the quality that UPM Tilhill brings to ambitious projects such as this where every care is taken to work sensitively within the landscape."

The annual SFWA's seek to identify and reward those woods and forests that are special, that are managed to the highest standards and are exemplars of Scotland's modern forest or woodland heritage; be it the quality of trees, the contribution to natural habitats or a wider environmental contribution.