Royal Forestry Society award for Riseholme College student

Student David Reynolds from Donington on Bain, has won the Royal Forestry Society’s (RFS) Silky Fox Handsaw Award.

David is studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture at Riseholme College.

Tutor Neil Rowbottom said: “David has worked hard thoroughout the two years of the course achieving a high standard of academic work. His attendance has been excellent and during the days he is not attending college he has taken on voluntary work with the Forestry Commission and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in order to gain experience in the industry.”

“His future plan is to go on to a degree programme in Forestry.”

The award was presented by RFS President Nick Halsey at a meeting of RFS Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Division at Kneesall estate near Newark.

Congratulating David, Divisional Chair Andy Reynolds said: “It is a vibrant time to be joining the woodland and forestry sector, with many opportunities for those who are qualified, have a keen professional interest, and prepared to work hard. The award includes an initial year’s membership of the RFS, which we hope he will renew. The division hopes to see David at several of our meetings where he will be able to meet foresters, woodland owners and contractors who are always willing to share their experience.

“Practical forestry skills are the lifeblood of the industry, and, at a time when we are facing a number of challenges to woodlands and trees from pests and disease, it is essential that students are learning best practice and the latest techniques to help us protect and grow our woodlands for the future.”

The RFS Notts and Lincs Division organises a number of woodland visits every year to help members share knowledge and learn from experiences at first hand. For more information on the RFS and how to join go to