Thomas Makes The Cut At EDC

Sat, 25/08/2001 - 01:00

Forestry and arboriculture student Thomas Stevens receiving his award from RFS North Eastern Division secretary Hamish Jeffrey

Thomas Stevens has become the first student at East Durham College to win the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Silky Fox Handsaws Awards.

Thomas, 19, from Spennymoor, County Durham, is studying for an Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, and has won the award as the student showing the best endeavour.

The awards, which will be held annually, recognise outstanding performance on forestry and arboriculture courses and have been introduced at 21 colleges throughout England and Wales.

Presenting Thomas with a Silky Gomtaro 300mm pruning saw and a year’s RFS membership, RFS North Eastern Division secretary Hamish Jeffrey said: “Throughout Thomas’s career he will be drawing upon practical skills to ensure the health of trees and woodlands. I hope that this saw will always act as a reminder of the days at college.

“Understanding good woodland management is a continuous process as new techniques are developed, new threats and diseases appear and new tree species are introduced.

“The RFS promotes continuous learning through its many woodland events, allowing those interested in all forms of woodland management to discuss a broad range of issues and exchange experiences whilst seeing examples of practical woodland management in action.

 “We look forward to seeing Thomas at our meetings, and wish him well in his future career.”

East Durham College Arboriculture Lecturer Joe Shipley added: “Thomas has been a superb student during his two years with us. He has been strong both academically and practically; however, above all he has made a positive contribution to his course and to the department as a whole.

“Thomas has always been willing to assist others which is a quality we try to instil in all our Arboriculture students. The award is thus recognition for his overall endeavour.”