Royal Forestry Society Gold Medal awarded to the first woman recipient in its history

by | May 23, 2024 | Latest, News

The first Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Gold Medal to be awarded in nearly five years has been given to the first ever woman recipient

Dr Jo Clark, head of research at the Future Trees Trust, has become the first person in nearly five years to be awarded the Royal Forestry Society’s (RFS) Gold Medal, she is also the first woman to receive the award.

She received the Gold Medal for “a Herculean task and one that goes on to a large extent ‘under the radar’, for it is future generations that will really benefit from Jo’s painstaking work. It is her work that will ensure that our woodlands will be capable of producing better timber,” says the Royal Forestry Society.

The award was presented to Dr Clark by Royal Forestry Society president, Ben Herbert, at the Future Trees Trust Supporters Day at Buscot and Colehill Estates in Oxfordshire.

On presenting the award, Herbert says Dr Clark’s “contribution and knowledge of the future trees we should plant is immeasurable and without her and her work I think we would be at a loss to find what trees we should be planting for the future.”

Future Trees Trust chair, John Leigh Pemberton, adds: “She has been working largely on her own for 25 years and it takes a very special kind of person to do this. Her contribution to the UK’s forestry is huge.”

Dr Jo Clarks Gold Medal is the first to be presented since 2019 when Geraint Richards, head forester for the Duchy of Cornwall, received the award from the then Prince Charles.