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Celebrating 690 years of forestry experience
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Seventeen remarkable foresters from across England and Wales received Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Long Service Awards in 2014 after clocking up more than 690 years of experience between them.

RFS President Sir Jack Whitaker says: “Presenting Long Service Awards has been an extraordinary privilege for me.

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A great forester:

Roger Pook, right,

with Geraint Richards


"It’s so wonderful to meet these people with their huge breadth and depth of local knowledge, and admire their loyalty and tenacity. It’s also a powerful testament to our industry, that both employers and employees are devoted to this love of continuity.”

The most recent to be presented were to:


Roger John Pook from the Coode Estate in Cornwall  for his 40-year award. The Award was presented shortly before he passed away. Roger will be much missed. As well as his work on the Coode Estate woodlands, mainly around Launceston, he was a former Secretary and Treasurer of the RFS South West a founder member of a forestry training company, Kensey Training; a member and ultimately the Chairman of the Forestry Section at the Royal Cornwall Showground and a main stay of the Cornwall Countryman’s Fair to name but a few of his achievements.

Andrew Birch was presented with his award for 30 years service by Foxley Estate's owner David Davenport at a meeting of the RFS Herefordshire Division. 

Three recipients received 60-year awards:

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Celebrating 30 years:  Andrew Birch, centre, with Div Chairman Andy Shirley-Priest, left, and David Davenport

  • The 60-year award to Walter Start, was presented posthumously to his family. Walter had also won  awards for his work both on the Froyle Estate and at Rotherfield Park in Hampshire. 
  • Geoff Bagley, Forestry Manager on the Willey Estate in Shropshire was the third generation of his family to have worked on the estate woodlands - following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. He started work as an apprentice woodman at the age of 15.
  • Brian Lewin followed in his father's footsteps to become Rockingham Castle Estate's Head Forester. After National Service, Brian followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Estate's team as a Woodsman, eventually becoming Head Forester himself as well as the Estate's Head Keeper.

Details of all recipients are  below with more details available on our Long Service Awards page


Geoff Bagley       Willey Estate  60 years 
Andrew Birch       Foxley Estate 30 years 
Mike Hayward   Willey Estate  40 years
Norman Hutchinson  Swinton Estate  30 years
 Brian Lewin

 Rockingham Castle


 60 years
 Raymond Latter                  Beech Estate  34 years
 Jonathan Lester   Leeds City Council  42 years
 John Litman  Boughton Estate  46 years
 David Peacock     Settrington Estate  40 years
 Roger Pook   Coode Estates 40 years
 Shaun Purkiss      Zetland Estate 34 years 
 Tim Sheldon   Hardwick Estate 39 years 
 Walter Start MBE (posthumous  Froyle Estate   60 years 
 John Taylor  Parlington Estate  50 years
 Timothy Tolliss    Duncombe Park Estate  30 years                
 Richard Teasdale Zetland Estate   33 years
 Raymond Williams  Glynllifon College  30 years