THERE is still time to get your nominations in for this year's Confor Awards – but you better be quick. 

Organisers have extended the deadline to Thursday, February 1, offering foresters across the UK the chance to shine a light on their colleagues who go the extra mile. 

Showcasing the best of forestry, the Confor Awards will be announced at a lavish dinner held in Edinburgh in March. At last year's ceremony, Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall said the awards show the industry is in great shape – and "ready, willing and able to tackle the big economic and environmental challenges ahead".

Foresters can submit nominations in four categories: 

  • Future Leaders (Sponsored by James Jones & Sons).
  • Changing Attitudes (Sponsored by Scottish Woodlands).
  • Science & Technology (Sponsored by Forestry Commission and Forestry and Land Scotland).
  • The Net Zero Award (Sponsored by CarbonStore).

Anyone currently working in the industry is eligible for the Awards. Additionally, Confor members are invited to nominate someone who has gone above and beyond for the special Dedicated Service to Forestry Award, which was won by Graham Taylor of Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in 2023. 

Forestry Journal: Graham Taylor, centre, won last year's Dedicated Service to Forestry award Graham Taylor, centre, won last year's Dedicated Service to Forestry award (Image: Confor)

Elsewhere, the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) will announce the UK's second Professional Forester of the Year at the awards evening. Its inaugural edition won by Jonathan Callis, of Network Rail. The nomination deadline for this award has now passed. 

To submit your nominations for the Confor Awards, visit here.