Sarah scoops PD Arb. Outstanding Student trophy
A Tree and Landscape Officer at Wokingham Borough Council in Berkshire, Sarah Duckworth, has been awarded the Lockhart Garratt Trophy for the most Outstanding Student in the RFS Professional Diploma in Arboriculture – the top professional, vocational, qualification for those working in arboriculture.
Sarah was presented with the award at the Arboricultural Association National Amenity Conference at the University of Manchester on 14 September.
She said: “Studying for the RFS Professional Diploma has been a really worthwhile experience. It was challenging at times, but immensely gratifying and receiving the Lockhart Garratt Trophy was a very proud moment for me.
“Since achieving the professional diploma I have been able to expand my career working as an Arboricultural Consultant alongside my full time job as a local authority Tree and Landscape Officer.”
Sarah was one of only five candidates to pass out of the 14 who tackled the final, stringent Management Exercises held at Westonbirt in autumn last year. These five join an exclusive group of around 200 people to hold the qualification.
For the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), President Anthony Bosanquet said: “The RFS is delighted that its Professional Diploma in Arboriculture continues to be regarded as the gold standard for the profession. There is a real demand and need for a high-level qualification such as this, and it is vital that its future is secured for the long-term benefit of the profession.”
Lockhart Garratt’s Chairman, John Lockhart added: “We are delighted to present this award to Sarah to acknowledge her fantastic achievement. As a company, we are very pleased to be associated with this prestigious award which for us recognises and promotes the highest standards of technical and professional skills within the profession. We hope that this award will encourage others seeking to advance within the profession to take on the challenge of the RFS Professional Diploma in the future.”