Royal Forestry Society manager wins tree management award

Joanne Mason has won an award for tree management from the Royal Forestry Society.

Mason, the Forestry Commission's recreation and contracts manager for the Chilterns area, was judged the best part-time student on the forestry HND course at Newton Rigg College in Cumbria.

Mason said:

"The HND has underpinned the day-to-day management of sites.

"Particularly useful are those areas that are primarily covered by other staff members but where a basic understanding is crucial, such as forest law and landscape design."

Mason won the Alec Pyman Award from the society's north-western division and holds a BSc in biological sciences and an MSc in environmental resources.

Division secretary David Brackley said:

"Forestry and woodland management are dynamic disciplines as the challenges we face are constantly changing.

"Even those who have been working in the industry for many years are constantly learning. Challenges include climate change, the economic environment and disease."

The award is named after the late Alec Pyman, a pioneer in forestry education and a former society member.

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