Top Forestry Students win Tilhill Forestry Awards

James Edward Broom, ICF Student member, winner of ICF’s 2017 Student Award and the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award has now won the Tilhill Forestry Award for the Best Dissertation on his course. Jonathan Hawick, ICF Student member, has won the Tilhill Forestry Award for Best New Planting Application. Tilhill Forestry reports on the Tilhill Forestry Award winners.

James Broom, 27, from Woodbridge, Suffolk, won the Tilhill Forestry Award for the Best Dissertation on his course, BSc (Hons) Forestry and Woodland Management (Cumbria University).

He said: “It is a fantastic achievement for me personally and great that Tilhill Forestry recognises the hard work of student foresters.”

He was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy in the shape of an acorn by Tilhill Forestry District Manager Stuart Pearson MICFor along with £250.

As part of the company’s work to strengthen links with students, Tilhill Forestry presents awards to top performing forestry students at leading universities offering qualifications in Forestry. The company also runs a popular graduate placement scheme and a structured programme to grow the management skills not only for graduates but for other staff as well.

Stuart Pearson MICFor explains: “We run an awards programme with a number of universities across the UK. We’re delighted to continue to support Cumbria University and recognise the hard work of students. It’s an excellent university which regularly feeds students into our graduate trainee programme.”

Andrew Leslie MICFor, Senior Lecturer, said: “James, a student on our Forest and Woodland Management degree, has put a huge amount of effort into his studies and has actively taken the opportunities afforded to him throughout the course, including a successful and challenging work placement. He is a deserving winner of this Tilhill Forestry Award.”

Tilhill Forestry has a long association with Cumbria University as many of its past and present employees have studied there. The university’s location is ideal for studying forests and woodlands and its degree has a strong professional focus. From the university’s Lake District campus students have access to ancient woodlands, mixed woodlands and plantations. The increasing environmental, social and economic importance of forests leads to exciting opportunities for graduates worldwide.

Jonathan Hawick, Inverness College UHI, has won the Tilhill Foresty Award for Best New Planting Application following a report he prepared in his forestry policy and law module on woodland creation.

He said: “I was delighted when my lecturer informed me that I had won the award. It came as a big surprise but it’s great to be recognised and honoured in this way.”

Jonathan was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy in the shape of an acorn by Phil Di Duca MICFor, North Highland District Manager for Tilhill Forestry, at the Scottish School of Forestry, Balloch along with £250.

Phil Di Duca MICFor states: “It’s great to see students like Jonathan excelling in their studies and leanring importnat skills such as how to draft a woodland-creation plan.”

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