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2016 Prees Heath Award 

 

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Harper Adams student Ryan Warman receives the Prees Heath Forest Nurseries award 2016 from David Gwillam, Chair of RFS North West Midlands Division. 

Ryan Warman, 21, from Monmouthshire, South Wales, is currently in his final year at Harper Adams studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM).

 

Ryan's interest in woodland management started from implementing new planting regimes on the family farm. He says: "Several years ago, we undertook a large planting scheme on the less productive areas of the farm; creating shelter belts and cover in an attempt to improve disease resistance within the herd. We have also noticed improvements in general animal welfare and higher outputs."

 

Ryan is currently looking into UK policies and components that could be included in a new framework for forestry regulation in the UK as part of his undergraduate dissertation. He has  completed a 12-month work placement with Carver Knowles, a Firm of Chartered Surveyors, Land Agents and Valuers nearTewkesbury, Gloucestershire, helping to advise farmers and landowners on a range of rural issues including woodland tax planning and management.

 

Upon graduating Ryan is aiming pass a number of professional accreditations including his Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered surveyors (RICS) and fellowship exams to become a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

 

 

 


 

2014 Prees Heath Award 

 

  •  Name: Andy Rowland
  •  Course: BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM)
  •  University: Harper Adams University, Shropshire

 

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Andy Rowland (right) receives the Prees Heath Award 2014 from David Gwillam (left).

Harper Adams University student Andy Rowland (right) has been presented with a prestigious Royal Forestry Society (RFS) - Prees Heath forestry award in recognition of outstanding performance in the second year of his degree.

Andy, from Brown Edge, Staffordshire, received the Royal Forestry Society’s North West Midlands Branch Award – a prize given to the highest overall achiever for the level five woodland management module.

The prize was a selection of key reference books, presented by North West Midlands Branch Vice-Chairman and owner of Prees Heath Forest Nurseries, David Gwilliam.

27-year-old Andy, who studies BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM) was graded on examination results, a tree identification test and a woodland establishment assignment.

Andy said: “I’m very surprised to have won the award, but I really enjoyed the module and it was of particular interest to me.

“I hope to study more forestry modules when I return to university for my fourth year of studies. The books will prove very useful.”

Senior Lecturer and Chartered Forester, Jim Waterson, said: “This support and recognition of excellent student achievement from the Royal Forestry Society is very welcome.

“It also helps to maintain and strengthen the industry and land management links that underpin the academic content of our taught forestry and woodland curriculum at Harper Adams University.”


 

2013 Prees Heath Award 

 

  •  Name: Anne Walker 
  •  Course: BSc Countrysidie Management
  •  University: Harper Adams University, Shropshire

 

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Anne Walker (left) receives the Press Heath Award 2013 from David Gwillam (right)

Harper Adams University student Anne Walker (left) has been presented with the prestigious royal forestry societys - Prees Heath forestry award in recognition of outstanding performance in the second year of her degree.

Anne, from Leyburn, North Yorkshire, received the first Royal Forestry Society’s Prees Heath Award – a new prize given to the highest overall achiever for woodland and field sports modules.

The prize was a selection of key reference books and a certificate, presented by North West Midlands Branch Vice-Chairman and owner of Prees Heath Forest Nurseries, David Gwillam.

20-year-old Anne was graded on examination results, a tree identification test and an assignment. Anne said: “I’m very pleased and surprised. The assignment was challenging but fun and I enjoyed it all."

“The books will prove really useful and are good reference materials for both university and when I start my career.”

Anne was presented with her award at Natural England’s Fenn’s Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses near Whitchurch, where she is currently undertaking her industrial placement year.

Senior Lecturer and Chartered Forester, Jim Waterson, said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Royal Forestry Society and Prees Heath with this important new award, which reflects excellent student achievement by Anne."

“This type of award is particularly valuable as it also helps to reinforce the connections between our students, our courses and the professional land management and conservation sectors, which is highly-important to all concerned."