RFS - Future Foresters Studentships
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the RFS was able to offer four Studentships to undergraduate students of forestry and related subjects in 2016. This is part of the RFS commitment to encourage careers in forestry and woodland management under our Future Foresters programme. Information about Future Foresters Studentships 2017 will be available later this year, please check again.
The Studentships are six- to eight-week paid work experience placements supervised by the RFS. They are designed to provide students wishing to start a career in forestry and woodland management with the opportunity to work with one of the most influential forestry organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The studentships represent a perfect way to gain invaluable practical and professional experience.
Competition for the 2016 Studentships was high. Those who were awarded studentships were:
Rob Coltman from East Sussex. Rob is studying a foundtion degree (FdSc) in Forestry and Woodland Management at Plumpton College. He is already a Forest Schools Leader based at the college and has previously worked as a classroom teaching assistant. He will be helping develop RFS Teaching Trees Resources for primary schools and says: "I hope eventually to spend as much time as possible revelling in woodlands and inspire others to do so!"
Mike Page, a former Army Officer and a trained baker from Cupar, Fife. Mike has completed a foundation degree in Arboriculture at Askham Bryan College and will go on to the National School of Forestry in Cumbria to complete a BSc (Hons) top up degree in Forestry. He will be writing up case studies on 2016 Excellence in Forestry Award winning woodlands and hopes eventually to work as a Forest Manager in the UK.
Mike says: "I’m really looking forward to visiting the award winning woods in the North of England and drawing out some useful lessons for the RFS membership. It’s going to be a busy summer and I can’t wait to get started."
Andrew Rayner from Preston, Lancashire. Andrew is studying arboriculture at Myerscough College and going on to complete a BSc (Hons) Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. He will spend the summer examining data from the RFS's unique Conifers for Colleges research project which is being run at four colleges in England and Wales, including Myerscough. The project focusses on growth in different conifer species.
He says: "I am interested in forestry and the impact of climate change, pest and diseases now and in the future that threaten our woodlands. Looking into the establishment of a diverse selection of conifers could give the forestry industry up to date data for plant selection when it comes to timber crop. Along with my studies in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry BSc (Hons) this will help me gain knowledge of the industry and help me with my future career prospects within the industry."
Nick Wragg from Lancaster. Nick is studying for a BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences at Lancaster University and works part time for Westward Forestry, a small forestry contracting business in Cumbria. He will be working on the Continuous Cover Forestry demonstration site at Wythop Forest, Forestry Commission, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, re-measuring permanent sample plots and helping with data analysis comparing forest condition from 2004-2016. This could make a highly significant contribution to the CCF story in England.
He says: "Through the studentship I am intending to apply and practice my forestry mensuration and survey skills by designing and undertaking a research project into the impacts of CCF, and to gain experience and contacts in the sector. I'm hoping to move into a career in Forest Ecology and Sustainable Forest Management."