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RFS - Morley Penistan Award


The Royal Forestry Society Gloucestershire Division Award 2016


About the Award


The Award is named after the late Morley James Penistan, a well known and highly respected forester.

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.

The award in his memory is presented annually by the RFS's Gloucestershire Division to the most outstanding student in the Forestry and Woodland Management module at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.


Information about recent recipients is located here.