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Future beckons for award winning Houghall forestry student

Tue, 2002-05-14 01:00

An East Durham College Houghall Campus forestry student is predicted to have a fine future ahead of him in the industry after winning the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Silky Fox Handsaw Award.

Andrew Hedley, 32 and from Washington in Tyne & Wear is studying the Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture.

His lecturer Joseph Shipley says: "Andrew is consistently a top performer both practically and academically. In addition to which he is one of those students who will give time to assist other students who are struggling.

The award was presented at the College’s Houghall Campus in Durham, by the RFS North East Division.

Congratulating Andrew, Divisional Secretary Hamish Jeffrey said: “Forestry is a wonderful industry with many opportunities for a varied and lifetime career. The award includes a year's membership of the RFS and we hope to see Andrew at several of our meetings where he will be able to meet foresters and woodland owners who are already experienced.

"Practical forestry skills are the lifeblood of the industry, and, at a time when we are facing a number of challenges to woodlands and trees from pests and disease, it is essential that students are learning best practice and the latest techniques to help us protect and grow our woodlands for the future."

The RFS North East Division organises a number of woodland visits every year to help members share knowledge and learn from experiences at first hand. For more information on the RFS and how to join go to www.rfs.org.uk