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RFS Silky Fox Handsaws Awards launch in 21 FE colleges
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David Davenport of Silky Fox Handsaws and RFS Education Officer Debbie Cotton, launch the RFS Silky Fox Handsaws Awards for 21 colleges

Date Issued: 17 January 2012


The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has linked up with Silky Fox Handsaws to offer a unique annual award to students on courses with a strong practical arboriculture or woodland management element. The first awards will be made in 21 colleges across England and Wales this summer to the student each college judges to be the ‘best student’ or ‘student showing most endeavour’ in 2012.

Each winner will receive a Silky Gomtaro 300mm pruning saw together with a year’s membership to the RFS.

RFS Education Officer Debbie Cotton explained: “The award is for students on further education courses that meet the practical skills criteria.

“They recognise the increasing value of Level 2 & 3 Diploma courses in Forestry and Arboriculture in delivering the essential skills to open doors into careers in both the private and public sectors.

“As an education charity promoting the wise management of trees and woods, the RFS is delighted to recognise the excellent work of colleges up and down the country, and to give recognition to students who have gone the extra mile in their learning.”

David Davenport of Silky Fox Handsaws said: “The practical skills learned through these courses help ensure we have a skilled workforce to maintain and enhance the country’s trees and woodlands. The successful students form the backbone of the country’s tree experts in the future.

“Silky saws enjoy a worldwide reputation for quality, and we hope these Silky Fox Handsaws will become treasured – and useful – reminders for the students of the valuable time that they spent in college.”

The awards will be presented by the RFS Divisions in June and July to students at: