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RFS - Morley Penistan Award

The Award is named after the late Morley James Penistan, a well known and highly respected forester. It is presented by the RFS's Gloucestershire Division to the most outstanding student in the Forestry and Woodland Management module at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.

Morley was a graduate of the University of Oxford where he developed his interest in silvicultural systems. During his time at Oxford, he was President of the University Forestry Society. His first post after University was working for the Forestry Commission, an opportunity that enabled him to gain valuable practical experience. After the war he volunteered to work with the North German Timber Control, and then returned to the UK to continue his career with the Forestry Commission.

Morely Penistan was an enthusiastic supporter of the Royal Forestry Society, and served for a time as chariman of the Gloucestershire Division. He was also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Belgian Forestry Society, who awarded him with their Gold Medal and Diploma of Honour for his services to silviculture.

Morley Penistan was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and witty addition at all RFS fixtures he attended. His contributions on silvicultural systems within broadleaved woodlands were always much valued and well respected.




Name: James Harding

Course: Forestry and Woodland Management module

University: Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Unfortunately we weren't able to hold a presentation ceremony this year due to covid-19 restrictions but we would like to give James our best wishes for success in his future career.


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Mike Hartnell ,Glocestershire Division Committee (left), Eloise Balcombe (centre) and Charlotte Colton, Buckminster Estate (right)

Name: Eloise Balcombe

Course: BSc (Hons) Land Management

University: Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Congratulations to Eloise Balcombe, winner of the 2016 Morley Penistan Award, after being named top student in the Forestry and Woodland Management Elective Module at the Royal Agricultural University.

Eloise is pictured above, centre, with Mike Hartnell ,Glocestershire Division Committee and Charlotte Colton BSc (Hons) MRICS, resident agent at Buckminster Estate in Leicestershire where Eloise is working as a Graduate Land Agent.

Eloise says: "Studying the Woodland and Forestry Management elective in my third year allowed me to enhance my woodland and forestry understanding, therefore providing me with a good knowledge base on which to build during my career as a Rural Land Agent." 

She is now working towards APC and CAAV exams and says: "I have regular involvement with the Estates woodlands on matters ranging from roadside tree surveys to our obligations under The English Woodland Grant Scheme as well as selecting suitable Christmas trees to be harvested in December.


Details of earlier winners of the RFS Morley Penistan Award are available on request from