The first awards are being made in 21 colleges across England and Wales this summer to the student each college judges to be the ‘best student’ or ‘student showing most endeavour’ in 2012.
Each winner will receive a Silky Gomtaro 300mm pruning saw together with a year’s membership to the RFS.
RFS Education Officer Debbie Cotton said: "The award is for students on Further Education courses that meet the practical skills criteria.
"They recognise the increasing value of Level 2 & 3 Diploma courses in Forestry and Arboriculture in delivering the essential skills to open doors into careers in both the private and public sector.
"As an education charity promoting the wise management of trees and woods, the RFS is delighted to recognise the excellent work of colleges up and down the country, and to give recognition to students who have gone the extra mile in their learning."
The awards will be presented by the RFS Divisions in June and July to students at:
Askham Bryan in Yorkshire;
Capel Manor, Middlesex;
Coleg Gwent, SE Wales;
Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, N Wales;
East Durham & Houghall and Kirkley Hall in Northumberland;
Hartpury , Gloucestershire;
Holme Lacy, Herefordshire;
Kingston Maurward, Dorset;
Merrist Wood, Surrey;
Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire;
Otley, East Anglia;
Riseholme, Lincolnshire and
For information on colleges and courses see our Horticulture Course Map.
David Davenport of Silky Fox Handsaws said:
"The practical skills learned through these courses help ensure we have a skilled workforce to maintain and enhance the country’s trees and woodlands. The successful students form the backbone of the country’s tree experts in the future.
"Silky saws enjoy a worldwide reputation for quality, and we hope these will become treasured – and useful – reminders for the students of the valuable time that they spent in college."