Tilhill Presents Award for Top Student

A graduate from Harper Adams University has won the Tilhill ‘Top Student’ Award for 2020.  

The award was presented at an online award presentation to Amy Shepherd, a graduate studying for a BSC (Hons) in Countryside and Environmental Management with the University.  

As part of Tilhill‘s work to strengthen links with future foresters, the Company presents awards to top performing students at universities offering degrees in forestry-related subjects across the UK. 

Upon receiving the award,  Amy Shepherd  said: ”Winning the Tilhill Award has been a wonderful achievement and I am so grateful for it. I have been interested in Forestry since travelling to the pacific north west and seeing the vast forests there. During this time, I thought that a career in Forestry would be too good to be true.

When I found the Countryside and Environmental Management degree at Harper Adams University I knew this was my route into the Forestry industry. During the degree course my skills have developed in a wide range of areas from woodland management, soil science and ecology to water management, all integral to forestry activities and a career in this discipline. The lecturers have been fantastic and made my time at Harper Adams enjoyable. They are genuinely interested in you and your wellbeing which makes them easily approachable, this I would say is one of Harpers greatest assets.

The talks given by Tilhill during career events at Harper Adams continued to inspire me and reinforce my aspiration of working in the forestry sector. Forestry has taken a new positive turn in recent years, with local and national governments realising the importance of trees. Graduating during this time is exciting and I can’t wait to see what the future will hold.”


A specially carved wooden trophy along with £250 prize money was presented to Amy by David Edwards, Tilhill’s Wales and Marches Regional Manager.


David Edwards  said: “It is my pleasure to present Amy with this award for her outstanding work whilst studying for her degree in Countryside and Environmental Management. There has never been a more exciting time for graduates to be starting a career in forestry. The industry is, after all, a part of the solution to mitigate the impact of climate change.  Congratulations to Amy, I wish her every success for the future.

“Harper Adams  graduates  have been particularly successful in  obtaining places on  Tilhill’s  popular graduate training programme. Within my own region we  have had  more  Harper Adams graduates than any other university and we think that is a great reflection on the courses taught by Jim and his colleagues.

“It is therefore most timely to announce that our 2021 Graduate Scheme is now open for applications. Just visit our website for details on how to apply.”


Jim Waterson, Principal Lecturer in Forestry and Forest Products at Harper Adams said: “It is great to see this kind of recognition for someone who has worked hard and committed everything to a course programme. Amy was a pleasure to work with and to teach and I am absolutely delighted Amy has chosen a career in the sector, carving out what will be a useful and constructive career in Forest Management.

“Thank you to David for presenting and Tilhill for sponsoring this award. We really value the relationship we have developed over many years with Tilhill, it goes above and beyond when we can recognise achievement through Amy’s hard work and Tilhill’s support.”

Watch the Online Award Presentation: