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A graduate surveyor with Fisher German in Banbury has won this year's Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Morley Penistan Award as top student on the Forestry and Woodland Management module at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

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Forestry high flyer: Alistair Falconer Hall, left, receives the Morley Penistan Award from the Royal Forestry Society's Alan Jones

The award is made annually by the RFS's Gloucestershire Division in memory of the much admired forester Morley Penistan.

Alistair Falconer Hall, age 22, who lives near Banbury, was inspired to take the Forestry and Woodland module on the BSc (Hons) Rural Land Management course after work experience with a rural chartered surveyor introduced him to estate management across a number of sites with woodlands.

He has since graduated with a First Class Honours Degree and is working in the Fisher German Rural Consultancy sector, based in Banbury, where he hopes to become more involved in forestry and woodland estate management work as his career develops.

Over the next two years he will be preparing for his Assessment of Professional Competence to become a chartered surveyor, and the professional exams for the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.