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John Lanham receives the RFS Long Service Award from Anthony Bosanquet, RFS president

Date Issued: 26 July 2011


Foresters from two of Yorkshire’s best known estates have received Long Service Awards from the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) at the Great Yorkshire Show. John Lanham, 62, from South Dalton started work in the Dalton Estate Woods department in South Dalton, East Yorkshire, in 1975, having previously worked in a joinery shop making coffins. He is now Dalton Estate’s Head Woodsman. Jim Mortlock, 56, from Sandsend, left school aged 16 to work at the Mulgrave Estate near Whtiby as a Woodsman 40 years ago. He is now their Head Forester.

Presenting the awards, RFS President Anthony Bosanquet said: “Between them John and Jim have a lifetime of experience and skills which they are using to ensure that the woods on both estates continue to flourish for future generations.

“With increasing challenges from new tree diseases, climate change and from economic pressures, their dedication, and the dedication of others like them across the country, will help to ensure not only that we maintain our woodland heritage, but also that British forestry will have a future that is beneficial to biodiversity and community wellbeing, while simultaneously providing economic returns for those who invest time and effort in the long term business of managing woodlands.”

Of John, Simon Fairbank, Dalton Estate Agent, said: “He is particularly skilful at felling large hardwood trees in difficult locations, and is always prepared to turn out in an emergency and turn his hand to whatever is required. John has established and maintained successfully, many acres of trees on the Dalton Estate, which will be a legacy to his work on the Estate.”

Jim Mortlock, 56, whose father was a policeman turned publican who kept the Fishermen’s Tavern in Whitby, joined the Mulgrave Esate from Caedmaon School and went on block releases to Newton Rigg Agricultural College in Penrith to train as a professional forester followed by two years of day release at York Technical College studying Business Studies.

He has recently been instrumental in developing the woods department of the Mulgrave Estate into a stand-alone commercial operation.

Jim Mortlock receives the RFS Long Service Award from Anthony Bosanquet, RFS president

Jim Mortlock receives the RFS Long Service Award 
from Anthony Bosanquet, RFS president