Young crofters win at forestry awards

Lynbreck Croft managers Lynn Cassells, left, and Sandra Baer.
Lynbreck Croft managers Lynn Cassells, left, and Sandra Baer.

Two Grantown crofters have won a prestigious new forestry award.

Lynn Cassells and Sandra Baer run the 150-acre Lynbreck Croft in the Cairngorms.

They are the winners of the Farm Woodland Award for Young People at this year’s Scotland’s Finest Wood Awards.

Judges said the duo had made an impressive impact in a few short years on an abandoned croft, using woodlands as shelter for livestock and fuel for the croft.

Other winners from the north included – the special Centenary Award to Fort Augustus Woodlands; the Schools Award to Earthtime Forest School Nursery in Duffus, Moray; the small community woodland group and overall community woodland award to Michaelswood Public Amenity, Aith, Shetland; the new native woods award to Jahama Highland Estates for Kinlocheven Native Woodland, Lochaber; the small wood award to David Shepherd and Annie Griffiths for Craggach Woods, Kirkhill, near Inverness, and the whole forest or estate award to James Evan Baillie for Darroch Wood, Scaniport Estate on the banks of the river Ness near Inverness.