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Four videos have been launched this week as the forestry sector joins forces to inspire more people to consider the exciting career opportunities it has to offer those leaving school or going on to further studies.

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Adam Todd: RFS Future Foresters Officer

The videos, focusing on Real Careers in Forestry, are produced by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) in partnership with the Forestry Learning and Development Working Group (FLDWG).

They are available to view online here and feature three foresters at the beginning of their careers and a forester who many may consider holds a 'dream job' - the man in charge of the spectacular woodlands and landscape at Chatsworth and Bolton Abbey Estates.

The videos are the first in a series exploring real career opportunities: Those featured are:

  • James Broom, forestry placement student 
  • John Everitt, private estate forest manager
  • Luke Hemmings, trainee beat forester
  • Keira Tedd, assistant forest manager
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Inspiring others: From top, James Broom, John Everitt, Luke Hemmings and Keira Tedd

By focusing on the experiences of individual foresters, the video project aims to inspire the next generation to consider fulfilling and worthwhile roles working with people and woodlands, and contributing to the land-based economy.

RFS Future Foresters Project Officer Adam Todd, explains: "The future of UK forestry is one of growth and we need to attract the very best if we are going to be able to help meet demand. Forestry needs people with the hands on skills to create thriving woodlands but also people with science and research qualifications, theoretical knowledge and the professional planning skills that rival other business sectors.

"Forestry is at the forefront of societal development. It is no longer all about timber growth. Our woodlands are playing a vital role as we face challenges from climate change, pest and disease outbreaks; career opportunities increase as we consider forestry for carbon capture, flood attenuation, biodiversity conservation, recreation, health and well being, as well other environmental and social benefits."

Marcus Sangster, FLDWG Chair said: " Forestry is a completely modern discipline; if you are a forestry apprentice or student you will become versed in science, understand the environment and wider land use, you can learn cutting-edge technology such as remote sensing and surveying and also learn how forestry operates as a business enterprise. People with forestry qualifications are in demand; if you take this path you will be very employable and you really will have a variety of fulfilling opportunities open to you."

Only around 11% of forestry employees are aged under 25 with 53% over 40 and an average age in the mid 50s. This is the perfect time for new entrants to the sector to bring their skills, talent and creativity. A recent career survey rated forestry as one of the most satisfying career options, largely because the work involved teams of committed professionals delivering worthwhile and tangible projects.

What those feature in the videos say:

James Broom, forestry placement student: "One of the best aspects of working in forestry is the combination of using traditional ways of woodland management with improvements in technology and photography which is making this industry quite an exciting one to be entering."

John Everitt, private estate forest manager: " Being a forester is such a fantastic career. It is such a varied job. You have such a wide range of skills ranging from conservation to mechanical engineering to economics. Every day is different and a different challenge."

Luke Hemmings, trainee beat forester:" A career is forestry is definitely very satisfying in terms of the environment you are working in, the people all around you and the challenges you can face. Seeing something you have planned and carried out at the end of the day is a very satisfying thing."

Keira Tedd, assistant forest manager: "There is a lot of diversity in forestry. If you come in and find there is one aspect you are not enjoying so much, there are other elements you can go and explore."