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“These careers have helped to shape some truly magnificent woodlands and the skills and experiences of all those receiving awards can not be over valued.

" As an industry, forestry is growing and it is vital that we attract new people with the same sense of dedication and love for their work. So it is appropriate that, as we celebrate these careers, the RFS

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Hywel Jones, David Williams, and Meilir Lewis receive Long Service Awards from RFS President Sir Jack Whitaker at our Leighton Coast Redwoods site

moves ahead with its Future Foresters programme, inspiring others to join the industry and helping to launch a new careers portal for the whole of the forestry sector, " so said RFS President Sir Jack Whitaker, marking a summer of celebrations with eight foresters and woodsmen from across the country receiving Long Service Awards.

At the RFS Charles Ackers Redwood Grove and Naylor Pinetum at Leighton near Welshpool, there were awards for David Williams MBE,  the RFS Honorary Warden, (36 years) and for two woodsmen, Meilir Lewis and Hywel Jones, whose work over 34 and 35 years respectively has ensured it has flourished. 

Meilir and Hywel were recruited by David shortly after he took on the honorary role.

David says: " There is nothing the two of them don't know about machinery and equipment and over the years their contribution has far outweighed their contract hours.

"They have developed a real interest and knowledge of the site, coming up with ideas that have helped it move forward. Meilir has now retired but I am delighted that Hywel's son David, has stepped into his place."

 A 50 years award went to Brian Reece,  the former Head Forester at Lydney Park Estate,

Gloucestershire; 40 year awards to Tim Day, Bathurst Estate, Gloucestershire and David Mortimer, Dodworth Estate, Yorkshire and  30 year awards to Steven Harrison (33 years), Lydney Park Estate, Gloucestershire and Stuart McDonough, Healey Estate, Northumberland.

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Steve Harrison, left, and 

Brian Reece

 Tim Day, centre  David Mortimer, right    Stuart McDonough, left

More presentations are being planned this autumn.