RFS – Alec Pyman Award

Presented to the student who achieves the highest grade while studying on the Forestry Foundation Degree at the National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria.


Henry Samuels recieves the 2020 Alec Pyman Award From RFS North West Divisional Secretary Ian Jack

Henry Samuels

Forestry Foundation Degree

National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria

Henry is currently a final year forestry student at Cumbria University, but has always been interested in trees and their part in the countryside. He grew up in the Peak District. His first part-time work was in a garden nursery. After a period working with tree surgeons in Cheshire, he attended college to study forestry and arboriculture, then moved to the University of Highlands and Islands in Inverness where he gained a HNC in Forestry & worked on the west coast of Scotland. His final move was to complete his degree in Cumbria.

He now hopes to gain further experience in forestry as part of countryside management.


Details of earlier winners of the RFS Alec Pyman Award are available on request from rfshq@rfs.org.uk

Alec G. Pyman, NDF MBE

Pioneer in Professional Forestry Education

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.