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RFS - Long Service Award

The RFS offers this award to hands-on woodmen, contractors or foresters who have worked at the sharp end of forestry with the same employer and/or on the same estate for at least 30 years. It is our way of publicly recognising and thanking those whose skill and dedication in shaping our woods might otherwise go largely unrecognised.

For guidelines on the Award and details of how to apply please click on the links below.

Long Service Award Guidelines

Long Service Award Application Form


2020 Awards

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Neil Edmondson, left, receives his award from his Grace the Duke of Roxburghe

Neil Edmondson, 53, from Ford village, Berwick-upon-Tweed, was presented with an RFS award marking more than 30 years service on the Ford and Etal estate by His Grace the Duke of Roxburghe, President of the BUAS, on behalf of the RFS.

Neil grew up on the Ford and Etal Estate where his late father was a tenant farmer.

Lord Joicey, principal trustee and director of Ford & Etal Estates, said: “Neil has been a wonderful member of the forestry team and has always shown immense attention to detail and to safety in the sawmill. It is thrilling that he has achieved so many years of service and he deserves every congratulation and thanks from the Joicey family and the wider community.“

The Ford and Etal Estate includes 700 hectares of mixed woodland with its own working sawmill, processing timber from the estate for sale to contractors, fencers, landscape designers, local businesses etc. The sawmill is known for its flexibility in attending to one-off orders.