The honour was given in recognition of Paul’s Services to Forestry. Following a degree in Forestry from Bangor University, Paul Nolan worked in commercial forest management in South Scotland for 8 years, with roles in EFG and Tilhill. In the 20 years since this time he has worked at the Mersey Forest, and has held the position of Director since 1999. In addition to his professional membership of the ICF, he is Chair of the National Community Forest Partnership.
Upon announcement of the award, Paul said: “I am surprised and delighted. It’s great that the achievements of The Mersey Forest have been recognised in this way.
“I’ve been really lucky to work with some fantastic people to help create The Mersey Forest. While I take great personal pride in everything the partnership has achieved over the last 20 years, I’m really grateful to all of my colleagues for making this happen.”