Scottish Forestry’s best articles of 2022

Scottish Forestry’s best articles of 2022

Winning authors who penned Scottish Forestry’s best articles of 2022 – decided by an independent panel of judges – have been presented with their trophies by RSFS President Wilma Harper.

Ben and Katie Harrower (above left, with Wilma Harper) attended the RSFS Annual Dinner presentation, from which they took home the trophy for the Neil Findlay Memorial Prize for their article, ‘Hot on the trail: How advances in thermal imaging are transforming deer management’ in the Autumn/Winter 2022 edition. It was a well-written account of a ‘breakthrough’ in deer management, the judges said. The category rewards work that ‘portrays wider perspectives of people’s involvement with trees, woodland and the environment'.


The Sir George Campbell Memorial Trophy for professional articles was given to ‘The role of nursing mixtures in forestry in upland Britain’ by Bill Mason, Victoria Stokes (both pictured below) and Andy Taylor, published in Spring 2022. One judge wrote: ‘The paper contributes greatly to our knowledge of upland forestry; it is one that will surely be referred to frequently by foresters, scientists and policy advisers.’

Andrew Cameron was a runner-up in the category, for his piece, ‘Positive environmental impact of productive forest expansion on mitigating climate change and reducing natural and semi-natural forest loss’ in Autumn/Winter 2022.


Kate Holl, ineligible for one of the two prizes as a non-member, received a special mention from the judges for her work, ‘Missing understorey? The biodiversity and carbon cost of high deer numbers’, published in Summer 2022.


The society wishes to thank the panel of judges – Pat Hunter Blair, David Henderson-Howat and Carol Crawford for their hard work, expertise and generosity.