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Long Service Awards have been presented this year to the following foresters whose dedication and skills have ensured thriving woodlands and forests now and for the future.


Daniel Trevarthen, Duchy of Cornwall Restormel Estate

50 years

Nigel Kendell, Duchy of Cornwall Restormel Estate

30 years 

Keith Pike, Clifford Estate, Devon

Daniel Roy Trevarthen, Duchy of Cornwall Restormel Estate 

Clifford Estate Head Forester: 36 years' service 

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Keith Pike, centre, receives his award from RFS President Andrew Woods, left, and The Honourable Alexander Cliffor Keith Pike at work! 

Head of Forestry at the Clifford Estate’s Ugbrooke Park, Chudleigh, Devon, Keith Pike, from Newton Abbot, was presented with a medal for 36 years’ service when the RFS Whole Society Meeting visited the Clinton Devon Estate.

He had joined the estate when he was 16 and now runs a team of three. During his time on the estate he has dealt with the after effects of the great storms of 1987 and implemented the Parkland Restoration Plan drawn up in 1993 to restore the landscape of Ugbrooke Park to the form and extent shown in the historic Capability Brown plans.

Keith has worked closely with both the 14th Lord Clifford and in the last three years with his son, The Honourable Alexander Clifford, who said: “Keith is incredibly dedicated and it is obvious that he lives and breathes his job and the wellbeing of the estate.”

Duchy trio receive awards 

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Awards presentation, from left: RFS President Andrew Woods, Nigel Kendell, Daniel and Daniel Roy Trevarthen and Duchy of Cornwall Head Forester Geraint Richards  At work: From left, son and father Daniel Roy and Daniel Trevarthen  Relaxing away from work: Nigel Kendell 

When the RFS Whole Society Meerting visited the Duchy of Cornwall Restormel Estate, a three-strong team received recognition: Nigel Kendell from Truro, a Forestry Contractor who has worked for the Duchy in various capacities for nearly 55 years received a medal; Daniel Trevarthen of St Austell, (48 years' service) added a bar to an existing RFS medal, while his son Daniel Roy also from St Austell (34 years' service) received a medal.

For Nigel, there is immense pride looking back over half a century at seeing small conifer plants he had put into bare ground now mature and standing tall at Arrallas Drive.

He says: “I came to join the forestry team after helping my father who was a firewood contractor felling firewood for the Duchy. I was at Ladock Wood with my father when the then head forester, Mr Jim Duguid, asked if I would like to join the Duchy team on a month’s trial and here I am 55 years later

“For the last few years my daughter Kate has been helping me with the planting and weeding.

“I have enjoyed many aspects of the job, one of the highlights is having the honour of meeting Prince Charles.”