James William Burnett from Bedfordshire has won Tilhill’s 2020 Award for ‘Best Dissertation’ on the BSc (Hons) Forestry and Woodland Management course at the University of Cumbria.
The Award was presented to James via an online public webinar by Stuart Pearson, Tilhill’s North & Central England Regional Manager. Tilhill awarded James with a specially carved wooden trophy in the shape of an acorn along with £250 prize money which was virtually gifted by Stuart, who is also a past student of the National School of Forestry.
Upon presenting the Award, Stuart commented: “James’dissertation clearly demonstratesthe broader thinking and skills required in a modern forester. The role trees and timber will play in all our futures is now finally being recognised by the politicians and public alike, it is therefore a great time to be coming into forestry as a career and I wish James well for the future.”
Upon receiving the Award, James said: “It feels brilliant! I feel really proud to have been giventhis recognition by a company as renowned as Tilhill. Winning this award has given me lots of confidence as I take my next steps after graduation. Completing my course and dissertation was a challenge so being awarded this prize really lets me see the benefits of being challenged and supported in this way.”
Andrew Leslie, Senior Lecturer at National School ofForestry opened the online awards presentation in celebration of James’ award: “It is great that he has won this prize. James arrived at The National School of Forestry just a year ago after studying a foundation degree in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry but then he saw the light and saw that Forest Management would be a more exciting choice than Arboriculture which I think is a great decision.”
As part of the company’s work to strengthen links with students, Tilhill offers awards to top performing forestry students at leading universities which offer degrees in forestry related subjects. The company also runs a popular graduate placement scheme.