Top forestry student wins our award

A Cumbria University student is celebrating after winning an award from Tilhill Forestry and graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Forest and Woodland Management.

James Broom, 27, from Woodbridge, Suffolk, won the Tilhill Forestry Award for the Best Dissertation on his course, BSc (Hons) Forestry and Woodland Management.‘

He said: “It is a fantastic achievement for me personally and great that Tilhill Forestry recognises the hard work of student foresters.”

He was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy in the shape of an acorn by Tilhill Forestry District Manager Stuart Pearson along with £250.

As part of the company’s work to strengthen links with students, Tilhill Forestry presents awards to top performing forestry students at leading universities offering qualifications in Forestry. The company also runs a popular graduate placement scheme and a structured programme to grow the management skills not only for graduates but for other staff as well.

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

Andrew Leslie, Senior Lecturer, said: “James, a student on our Forest and Woodland Management degree, has put a huge amount of effort into his studies and has actively taken the opportunities afforded to him throughout the course, including a successful and challenging work placement. He is a deserving winner of this Tilhill Forestry Award.”

Tilhill Forestry has a long association with Cumbria University as many of its past and present employees have studied there. The university’s location is ideal for studying forests and woodlands and its degree has a strong professional focus. From the university’s Lake District campus students have access to ancient woodlands, mixed woodlands and plantations. The increasing environmental, social and economic importance of forests leads to exciting opportunities for graduates worldwide.