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Inverness student wins Tilhill Forestry award
An Inverness College UHI student is celebrating after winning an award from leading forestry and timber harvesting company Tilhill Forestry.
Alasdair Martin, a fourth year BSc sustainable forest management student, won the Tilhill Forestry Award for Best New Planting Application Project following a report he prepared in his forestry policy and law module on woodland creation. The 28-year-old was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy in the shape of an acorn by Tilhill Forestry’s Phil Di Duca, North Highland District Manager, and £250.
Alasdair, who lives in Lochardil, said: “I was delighted to win the Tilhill Forestry Award. It came as a surprise but it’s lovely to be recognised in this way and I’m very proud to have received this award.”
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.
Phil Di Duca explains: “We run an awards programme with a number of universities across the UK. We’re delighted to continue to support Inverness College UHI and recognise the hard work of students. It’s an excellent college which regularly feeds students into our graduate trainee programme.”
Amanda Bryan, lecturer and Programme Leader for the BSc Sustainable Forest Management, said: “Alasdair’s work has been excellent throughout, achieving the highest combined marks for the unit.
“His work shows excellent grasp, understanding and analysis of technical and strategic forest and land management issues.”
Tilhill Forestry has a long association with Inverness College UHI and many of its past and present employees have studied there. The institution’s programmes equip students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the forestry industry.Inverness College UHI has been in operation for over 50 years and is an integral part of the local community. Home to more than 6,500 students with around 200 courses on offer across nearly 30 subject areas, the College offers flexible learning methods to suit a wide variety of student needs and locations.