Nine win Royal Forestry Society diploma

There has been a bumper crop of successful candidates in the Diploma in Arboriculture - the professional, vocational, qualification for those working in arboriculture.

Previously known as the Masters in Arboriculture and the Professional Diploma in  Arboriculture, it was launched by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) more than 40 years ago. Since then more than 200 people have achieved the qualification and most are, or were, leading consultants.

This year nine candidates successfully passed the final stringent management exercises held at Westonbirt to achieve the diploma. They are:

Matthew Bennett, Bristol
Dominic Blake, Guildford
Lesley Dickinson, Cambridge
Ben Riches, Isle of Wight
Stuart Roberts, Bath
Mark Sharples, Corsham
Kevin Slezacek, Cambridge

Brian Stocks, Chesterfield
Eileen Woodbyrne, Dublin


Mark Sharples from Corsham was named ‘outstanding student’. He will receive the RFS Lockhart Garratt Trophy and cheque for £300 at the Arboricultural Association annual dinner in 2011.


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