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Pictured: Top Kingston Maurward Apprentice Joseph Ryall receives the RFS Silky Fox Handsaw Award from RFS Divisional Chairman John Sanders

Date Issued: 24 February 2013


Apprentice Joseph Ryall has become the first student at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester to receive the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Silky Fox Handsaw Award after being nominated for “showing most endeavour”.

The award, which also includes a year’s membership of the RFS, was presented by John Sanders, Chairman of the RFS Somerset and Dorset Division, at the college’s prize-giving ceremony.

John said: “Apprenticeships play a vital role in ensuring that we have a generation of skilled and knowledgeable people able to provide the wise management needed to ensure the country’s woodland heritage for generations to come. We wish Joseph well in his future career.”

Joseph, 19, of Verwood, Dorset has been studying Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Arboriculture. He works for a company in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch called Evans Above Tree Care, where he is completing his apprenticeship.

He was nominated by Kingston Maurward Arboriculture lecturers Jen Newman and Spencer Gregory as: “... an incredibly hard working and enthusiastic young man. He was also a good older role model for the younger students in his class, offering them support with their tree-climbing skills and cheering them up with his sense of humour.”

Thanks to the continuing partnership of Silky Fox Handsaws, 25 colleges throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland are taking part in the RFS Silky Fox Handsaw Awards in 2013 .They are presented annually to the best practical students taking Level 2 or 3 certificates in Forestry and Arboriculture.