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    • New president and chair for Royal Forestry Society

      The Royal Forestry Society has a new President and a new Chair of the Board of Trustees who took office from 1 October. Sir James Scott, has taken over as President from Andrew Woods, who spent two-years in office. Sir James has been Vice President for two years. He is…

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    • Students attend Future Foresters Skills Day

      More than 200 students from across the country attended a unique Future Foresters Skills Day organised by the Royal Forestry Society and hosted at Shuttleworth College. Speakers and exhibitors gathered to reveal the skills required to land a first job,to help employers optimize advances in technology and to move up…

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    • Woodland Trust appoints new CEO

      The Woodland Trust the appointment of Dr Darren Moorcroft, currently director of estate and woodland outreach, as chief executive.  He will take up the role on 1 October 2019.  Having worked in conservation for over 20 years, Darren’s experience has already helped the Trust plant over 3 million trees in 2018…

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    • Three forestry legends receive awards

      Three forestry “legends” have received prestigious awards when the Royal Forestry Society’s South Western Division met at Eggesford Forest, near Chawleigh, Devon. Between them, Clive Hunt from Dalton, Mark Jeffery from Tavistock and Simon Tremain from Okehampton have more than 117 years of service with Forestry England (an agency of…

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    • Elgan Pugh wins fifth consecutive STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® British Championship

      Elgan Pugh from Wales has been crowned the best lumberjack athlete in the country for the fifth consecutive time at the 2019 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® British Championship. This came after breaking his own national record in the final discipline, the Hot Saw. Hosted at Blenheim Palace, as part of BBC Countryfile…

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    • Man fined for damaging trees

      A Salford man has been fined for the wilful destruction of two protected trees. Mr Laith Al-Hashmi, 37, pleaded guilty at Salford and Manchester magistrates court on Wednesday July 31 to two offences under Section 202 and 210 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 of destroying protected trees…

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    • From garden boy to Walsingham head forester

      From Garden Boy to Head Forester – a remarkable career spanning more than 50 years with the Walsingham Estate in Norfolk was marked with an award from the Royal Forestry Society at the Royal Norfolk Show. David Spooner, 65, who lives in Great Walsingham, was presented with the award at…

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    • Tree Champion reappointed to continue tree planting push

      The Government’s Tree Champion Sir William Worsley has been reappointed to continue his drive to accelerate tree planting rates.  The chair of the National Forest Company was tasked last year with setting a bold direction for the country’s forests and woodlands over the next 25 years. Now Sir William is…

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    • ICF executive director awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

      A Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal has been awarded to Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019. It is in recognition of the positive contribution she has made to forestry. Including her work with…

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    • Woodland Trust Volunteers

      Woodland Trust recognised for its work with volunteers

      The Woodland Trust has been recognised for the opportunities it gives to volunteers.  The charity has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. This is after being assessed against a range of best practice standards and having proved to excel in the areas of recruitment, safety standards, management, support,…

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    • Oak Processionary Moth

      Public urged to report Oak Processionary Moth caterpillar sightings

      People in London and the South East of England are being reminded to report sightings of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) caterpillars, which could be damaging oak trees in their area. Any sightings should be reported to the Forestry Commission via its Tree Alert online form. Or, people can email opm@forestrycommission.gov.uk…

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    • Call for climbing arborists to complete research survey

      Do you climb trees as part of your job? If so, please complete a straightforward five-minute survey, which is part of a major research project that will benefit climbers around the world. The survey can be accessed here and the results will be used in the Biomechanics of the Tree Climber project.…

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    • FutureScape Spring

      Focus on you: The People of FutureScape Spring

      With the focus on people, tech and sustainability at FutureScape Spring, the spotlight shines across the seminar programme, putting the landscape’s key influencers, leaders and heroes front of stage, just for you. You’ve come to expect a high calibre of thought-provoking, inspirational and ground-breaking speakers, experts and topics from FutureScape.…

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    • Woodland's Trust

      Record support for Woodland Trust’s Campaign

      More than 28,000 people have added their voice to a Woodlands Trust’s campaign. It opposes the destruction of at least 19 ancient woodlands for Phase 2b of the environmentally caustic project. It’s the largest number of responses the charity has seen for one of its campaigns to protect woods under…

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      Protected tree felling prosecution

      A Beckenham resident who knowingly felled three protected pine trees has been prosecuted.   Peter Clarke of Westgate Road, Beckenham, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court to carrying out prohibiting work. This includes felling, to the protected trees without the written consent of the local authority. He received orders to pay total fines and…

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