RFS – Morley Penistan Award

Presented by the Gloucestershire Division to the most outstanding student in the Forestry and Woodland Management module at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.


Rachael Harvey

FdSc in British Wildlife Conservation & BSc (Hons) in Countryside Management

Forestry and Woodland Management elective module

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Find out what inspired Rachel here.


Abigail Wyatt

Forestry and Woodland Management module

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Unfortunately we weren’t able to hold a presentation ceremony this year due to covid-19 restrictions but we would like to give Abigail our best wishes for success in her future career.

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

Morley Penistan

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 chairman 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.