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RFS - Alec Pyman Award

 The Royal Forestry Society North Western Division Award


Alec Pyman Picture From Kate Waller Jan 2016

Alec G. Pyman, NDF, MBE

Pioneer in Professional Forestry Education


 About the Award


The Award is named after the late Alec George Pyman, MBE, a leader in forestry education and a former RFS member.

In 1947 Alec Pyman began his forestry training when he was accepted by the Forestry Commission. He went on to enrol at Lynford Hall Forestry Training School. From 1949-55 Alec worked as forester and forester-in-charge at Andover, Liminge, Mardon, Alton and Micheldever Forests. In 1955 Alec enrolled on the National Diploma in Forestry (NDF) and become the first Forestry Commission employee to achieve this qualification.

In 1962 Alec embarked on a new career when he successfully applied to work as Lecturer in Forestry at Newton Rigg College, Penrith. Over the following years Alec built up the Department of Forestry, overseeing the development several important programmes: the National Diploma in Forestry; short courses in forestry; a series of practical certificates of competence.

Alec was involved in every aspect of professional forestry education up until his sudden and sad death in September 1982. In recognition of his tremendous contribution to forestry and specifically forestry education the Royal Forestry Society recognises the student who achieves the highest grade while studying on the Forestry Foundation Degree at the National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria with the Alec Pyman Award.


Information about recent recipients is located here.


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Stuart Pudney being presented with the Alec Pyman Award in 2014.
The award is presented as part of the Graudation Ceremonies at the University of Cumbria.

In the photo (left to right): Andrew Leslie (University of Cumbria), John Chapman (Chairman RFS North Western Division), Stuart Pudney (Alec Pyman Award recipient 2014), Andrew Weatherall (University of Cumbria).   

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Oak tree planted in memory of Alec Pyman at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria. 

Photo: E. R. Wilson 2016