Kate Palmer, from Dundee, Scotland and based at the School of Natural Sciences (SNS), Bangor University, has been presented with the Tilhill Phil Johnson Memorial Award for the Top Student 2021-22 on the MSc Silviculture module.

Kate was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy together with £250 prize money. The presentation took place at a Tilhill managed woodland in Dundee and was awarded by Tilhill’s North Scotland Area Manager David Bruce.

Kate studied a MSc Environmental Forestry degree course and has now been successful in gaining a forestry industry role.

Upon receiving the Award, Kate said: “It’s a huge honour to win this award, especially considering how knowledgeable, experienced, and engaged my course mates have been throughout the silviculture module. It came as a huge surprise to hear I had won, and I am really grateful to Tilhill for supporting the award.

“The silviculture module cumulated in an extended essay of my own choice considering a case study within the context of ‘silviculture within a changing world’. I focused on the effect of climate change on pine forests in East Scotland and the silvicultural systems and potential mechanisms to mitigate it. This opportunity to deep dive into a topic was pivotal for developing essential forestry knowledge which will underpin my future forestry career.

“Bangor University has been very supportive in accommodating distance learners like me. The lecturers have been approachable and have gone above and beyond to ensure distance learners engage in the modules and feel that they belong to the Bangor forestry community.”


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