Tilhill managing director receives Confor award for services to forestry

Tilhill Forestry managing director George McRobbie has been named as the winner of Confor's Dedicated Service to Forestry Award for 2018.

McRobbie (left) receiving his award from Fergus Ewing MSP. Image: Tilhill Forestry
McRobbie (left) receiving his award from Fergus Ewing MSP. Image: Tilhill Forestry

McRobbie, who was described as "a stalwart of the 21st century forestry and timber sector", was presented with the award by cabinet secretary Fergus Ewing at Confor’s annual dinner in Edinburgh.

Confor chief executive Stuart Goodall said: "George McRobbie has been a significant figure in the modern forestry industry. He has stepped up to the mark to serve the sector time and time again - and always brings a wide range of skills to the table. He has enormous knowledge of forestry and valuable attributes, including integrity, diligence and tremendous common sense.

"At a time when society faces huge challenges, there is a big role for an emerging sector that can offer solutions and behave with integrity. But we have to tell the story – collectively get the message out there – and that means all of us working together."

McRobbie has been managing director of Tilhill Forestry since 2012, a board member of Confor since 2013 and a forestry commissioner since 2015. He is also a former president of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

McRobbie said: "I am delighted and honoured to win this award. It is a privilege to serve the modern forestry industry and a pleasure to see the sector making very positive progress towards a new era of productive planting."

Membership organisation Confor promotes sustainable forestry and wood-using businesses.

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