Forestry award for "common sense" estate manager

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Sylva Trophy 2016 for outstanding contribution to forestry has gone to Ian Jack, forestry and land use manager at Lowther Estate in Cumbria.

Image: RFS
Image: RFS

His citation from the RFS North Western Division read: "He has worked on many large-scale, interesting and forward-thinking projects, wholeheartedly adopting the changing role of forestry.... Ian will always find ways to use any newly researched information by interpreting this into sound practical solutions in everyday forestry applications."

Jack said: "Forestry, silviculture and arboriculture in all their forms have been more than just a job and more a way of life. Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to have had many excellent mentors who have taught me to think outside the box and not just about trees per se."

His career in forestry began at Newton Rigg College, where he obtained his diploma in forestry in 1982. After college hejoined Lowther Estates and went on to become a director of Lowther Forestry Group.

He is also chairman of the Ancient Tree Forum in Cumbria and is a trustee of the Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group, promoting conservation in The North Lakes and the Borders area. He is also a former trustee and chair of The Woodland Education Programme (WEP), a former chairman of the RFS North Western Division and a past chairman of Cumbria FWAG.

His contribution to the Lowther Park restoration required in-depth historical and silvicultural research. His earlier achievements include winning the RFS Gold Medal for the Whinfell Holiday Park and the establishment of a native woodland creation scheme in the Winster Valley, overlooking Windermere.

Jack will receive his award on 6 July at the Excellence in Forestry Awards event at Lotherton Hall Estate near Leeds,

The publicly accessible Lowther Estate consists of an estimated two million trees, managed as both an economic and environmental resource.

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