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The following Long Service Awards have been presented in 2019. Watch this space for more awards! 

50 year awards

David Spooner, Walsingham Estate, Norfolk

40 year awards

Freddy Futter, Holkham Estate, Norfolk


From Garden Boy to Head Forester

From Garden Boy to Head Forester – a remarkable career spanning more than 50 years with the Walsingham Estate in Norfolk was marked with an award from the Royal Forestry Society at the Royal Norfolk Show for David Spooner.

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David, who lives in Great Walsingham, was presented with the award at the President’s Pavilion LawnDeputy President of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, The Most Honourable the Marquess of Cholmondeley KCVO DL presents the 50 year award to David Spooner. Picture Credit:  J Bass 

Although David joined the Walsingham Estate team as a Garden Boy in 1968 his association with the Estate dates even further back as he recalls delivering flowers from the gardens on a handcart around the village on Saturdays and during school holidays aged only 11!

David became Head Forester in 2002. He says: “I have always loved working in the woods, doing everything from planting to felling.”

David’s son Ben is now following in his father’s footsteps as a forestry contractor.  

John Downing, Resident Land Agent for Walsingham Estate says: “David has been a greatly valued part of our Estate team for over 50 years, starting part time in the gardens and then joining the forestry team. He retires with our thanks and very best wishes. We are pleased that he will continue living on the Estate and helping out from time to time.”

Walsingham Estate has traditional mixed woodlands of around 180 acres.




Surprise Award for Holkham Estate Forester

A forester from the Holkham Estate in Norfolk received a surprise award when members of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) from across the country visited the Sotterley Estate in Suffolk as part of a five-day tour of East Anglia.

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Freddy Futter wth his award for 40 years service

Picture: Taber Photography

Freddy Futter, 68, who lives in Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, was presented with an Award by RFSPresident Andrew Woods, recognising his 40 years working on the Holkham Estate’s 870 hectares of woodland while on the visit to the Sotterley Estate – work which has included helping to extract fine hardwood timber.

Head forester Harry Wakefield said: “Freddy has been an asset to the Holkham forestry department over the last 40 years. His experience, pride and knowledge of the woodland has been invaluable.”

Freddy said: “The day was very enjoyable and informative. I have to say that I was overwhelmed and very much surprised to be given the award and I would like to thank Harry and the Holkham forestry team for their support.”

Approximately 500 hectares of woodland is contained within Holkham Park. A further 145 hectares is within Holkham National Nature Reserve and the balance is dispersed across the estate. The forestry team focuses on delivering the best hardwoods and softwoods wherever they occur while manging woodland to preserve and enhance the historic landscape.