Students win recognition in latest Royal Forestry Society awards

 Capel Manor College student Matthew Ogunmokun receives Silky Fox Handsaw Award from RFS regional chairman Paul Akers and former minister David Lammy MP
Capel Manor College student Matthew Ogunmokun receives Silky Fox Handsaw Award from RFS regional chairman Paul Akers and former minister David Lammy MP

Students on arboriculture and combined arb and forestry courses have been honoured in the latest round of Silky Fox Handsaw Awards made by the Royal Forestry Society.

The awards recognise students showing the most endeavour in courses with a strong practical woodland management element, and include a year's RFS membership. 

So far, 21 of the 24 awards have been made, at local RFS events or college award days.

RFS development director Simon Lloyd said: "It is an exciting time to be coming into the forestry and arboricultural industry, with many opportunities for those who are professionally qualified and prepared to work hard.

The 21 individual winners are: 

  • John Robinson, Extended Diploma in Forestry & Arboriculture (Arboriculture), Askham Bryan College
  • Thomas Chudley, Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, Bicton College
  • Aaron Stephens, Level 2 Diploma in Arboriculture, Bridgewater College
  • Marcus Whitwell, Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Arboriculture, Brooksby Melton College
  • Matthew Ogunmokun, Trees and Timber Level II Apprenticeship, Capel Manor College
  • Ben Price-Williams, Level 2 Diploma in Trees and Timber, Coleg Gwent
  • Conor Lakin, Coleg Llysfasi Ruthin (Deeside College)
  • Gareth McBreeze, National Diploma in Countryside Management, Coleg Meirion Dwyfor
  • Andrew Hedley, Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, East Durham College
  • Harry Loewe, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management, Hartpury College
  • Josh Read, Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, Merrist Wood College
  • Matt Walton, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, Moulton College
  • Sam Gill, Level 3 Arboriculture, Myerscough College
  • Andrew Schofield, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, Newton Rigg College
  • James Broom, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, Otley College
  • David Bryant, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, Plumpton College
  • Edward Richards, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, Reaseheath College
  • David Reynolds, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, Riseholme College
  • Chris Jackman, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Arboriculture and Forestry, Sparsholt College
  • Andrew Plester, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Arboriculture, Warwickshire College (Moreton Morrell campus)
  • Dean Hickton, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Arboriculture, Warwickshire College (Pershore campus)

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