Inverness College student wins Institute of Chartered Foresters Best Student award

Inverness College student Liam MacDonald has won the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) Best Student award.

Liam MacDonald, graduated with a BSc with distinction in Sustainable Forest Management with Forestry Conservation.

He said: "I'm really pleased to get the ICF's Best Student award and it was a welcome surprise to me. It's something I can add to my CV that will help me stand out from the crowd."

The award, given to the best forestry student in their final year, was presented to MacDonald by MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey, Danny Alexander, and ICF regional group chairman for north Scotland, Neil McKay.

Presenting the award, Neil McKay said: "It's an honour for me to present this award. It represents what the ICF is about — striving for excellence in the forestry profession. [MacDonald] has demonstrated a commitment to high standards and I wish him success as he starts his career."

It was a double win for Liam MacDonald, who also received the Scottish Woodlands Prize on behalf of Scottish Woodlands Ltd.

During his studies, MacDonald completed an industrial placement with the Northern Ireland Forest Service in 2007. He leaves Inverness College planning to obtain work-based experience in conservation.


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