A pioneering farm woodland project near Dalry has been honoured at Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards.

David Carruth, site assistant at The Future Forest Company’s Brodoclea Woodland, won the Young People's Award for his efforts in showing innovation in developing farm woodlands.

David was celebrated for his exemplary use of both woodland and agricultural practice at Brodoclea, proved to benefit both the farming operation while showcasing high quality woodland management.

It is all part of the Future Forest Company's efforts to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, restore biodiversity, and fight climate change.

All woodland activities taking place on the site are entirely integrated and supported by farming activity.

Previously used for sheep farming, for the past three years, the 174-hectare site has had a combined use of agroforestry and regenerative agriculture, including becoming home to Mangalitza (woolly) pigs, whose unique interaction with the soil supports ecological restoration and biodiversity.

David said: “Our aims for the site include reforestation, biodiversity gain and agroforestry, building a reforestation model that keeps people present on the land while we regenerate it, in order to be both environmentally and socially regenerative.

“We look forward to implementing our plans to further restore more natural processes to the land through regenerative agriculture, monitor and increase biodiversity, and enhance the visitor experience here at Brodoclea.”

It was the second award for The Future Forest Company, at the ceremony.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: The wooly pigs love the woodlandThe wooly pigs love the woodland (Image: The Future Forest Company)

Jamie Adcock, senior forest manager at The Future Forest Company, accepted this year’s Climate Change Champion award for the company’s landscape scale project on Dumyat, which is estimated to sequester over 80,000 tonnes of carbon over the next one hundred years.

Over 340,000 trees made up of 18 species are being planted across 184 hectares at the iconic site, while a range of biodiversity projects are underway including the transformation of ecologically degraded grasslands into wildflower meadows and the creation of new wetland to provide habitat for wetland flowers, insects, and birds.

Dubbed the 'Tree Oscars', the awards, held on Friday at The Royal Highland Show in Ingliston, are run by independent charity, Scotland’s Finest Woods and are designed to celebrate the contribution woodlands make to the people of Scotland and to its environment and economic prosperity.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Jamie Adcock won the climate champion awardJamie Adcock won the climate champion award (Image: Future Forest Company)

Jamie said: “This accolade is testament to the vision, planning and execution of the work we are undertaking at Dumyat. We are delighted that this site has been recognised by Scotland’s Finest Woods for our efforts in sharing our knowledge and experience about climate change.

Each of the award winners received £1,000 prize money which will be re-invested into community and collaborative group projects on-site.

Full details on the work of the Future Forest Company at both Dumyat and Brodoclea are available to view online at thefutureforestcompany.com/our-forests/.