Awards at the sharp end

David Davenport of Silky Fox Handsaws and RFS Education Officer Debbie Cotton, launch the  RFS Silky Fox Handsaws Awards
David Davenport of Silky Fox Handsaws and RFS Education Officer Debbie Cotton, launch the RFS Silky Fox Handsaws Awards

STUDENTS in Ponteland will be among the first to take part in a new arboriculture awards scheme.

Northumberland College at Kirkley Hall has introduced The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Silky Fox Handsaws Awards to recognise outstanding students on courses with a strong woodland management element.

The honour will be presented in the summer, with the winner picking up a Silky Gomtaro 300mm pruning saw, as well as a year’s membership of the RFS.

Arboriculture Course Team Leader at the college Nick Johnson said: “Our arboriculture students often tend by nature to be fairly competitive individuals, justly proud of the technical skills they have developed.

“This award by the Royal Forestry Society will be a great additional incentive for those students and real testament and reward for those practical achievements.”

RFS Education Officer Debbie Cotton said: “The annual award is for students on Further Education courses that meet the practical skills criteria.

“It recognises the increasing value of Level 2 and 3 Diploma courses in Forestry and Arboriculture in delivering the essential skills to open doors into careers in both the private and public sector.

“As an education charity promoting the wise management of trees and woods, the RFS is delighted to recognise the excellent work of colleges up and down the country and to give recognition to students who have gone the extra mile in their learning.”