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Harper Adams student wins Tilhill Forestry award

Image 1A Harper Adams student is celebrating after winning an award from leading forestry and timber harvesting company Tilhill Forestry and graduating with a first-class honours BSc Rural Enterprise and Land Management degree.

Andrew Rowland, 29, from Brown Edge, Stoke-on-Trent, won the Tilhill Forestry Award for the best overall top final year student who studied the module Sustainable Forestry and Forest Products.

He was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy in the shape of an acorn by Tilhill Forestry Regional Harvesting Manager Iwan Williams along with £250.

As part of the company’s work to strengthen links with students, Tilhill Forestry offers awards to top performing forestry students at leading universities which offer degrees in forestry related subjects. The company also runs a popular graduate placement scheme.

Iwan Williams explains: “We run an awards programme with a number of universities across the UK. We’re delighted to continue to support Harper Adams University and recognise the hard work of students. It’s an excellent university which regularly feeds students into our graduate trainee programme.”

Jim Waterson, Principal Lecturer said: “Andy’s work has been excellent throughout the module, achieving the highest combined marks for the module. His work shows excellent grasp, understanding and analysis of technical and strategic forest and land management issues.”

Tilhill Forestry has a long association with Harper Adams University and many of its past and present employees have studied there. Harper Adams forestry programmes offer a solid and effective way of studying forestry with a strong applied focus. Input from industry professionals, many of them Chartered Foresters, ensures that the curriculum is relevant and current and that students benefit from the experience and insight of managers with real-world responsibilities. Industry visits and assignments based on professional projects and case studies reinforce this approach and help build links and networks. The central UK location of Harper Adams enables access to a wide range of forest resource types for teaching and study.

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