Newton Rigg and Brooksby Melton colleges join Royal Forestry Society awards scheme

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Silky Fox Handsaw Awards are being expanded to include two more colleges in 2013.

Newton Rigg in Cumbria and Brooksby Melton College in Leicestershire will join 22 other colleges across England and Wales in presenting the awards to the best practical students on Level 2 or 3 Certificates in Forestry and Arboriculture.

The awards were launched in 2012, thanks to a link up between the RFS and Silky Fox Handsaws.
RFS education officer Debbie Cotton said: "We are delighted to recognise the enthusiasm and hard work of students who will become the tree experts of the future.

"The saws are a reminder for students of all the time they have invested in learning their craft, while membership of the RFS is helping them to learn from those already involved in woodland management and to make connections which can lead to jobs."

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 RFS offers half price membership to students, and corporate membership for colleges and their staff. It also offers the Randle Travel Bursary for those who wish to pursue studies abroad. 

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