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Woodland student wins first RFS Prees Heath award
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Anne Walker receives the RFS Press Heath Award from RFS Divisional Chairman David Gwillam

Date Issued: 16 September 2013


A student from Harper Adams University, who is spending a year’s work experience at a national nature reserve near Whitchurch in Shropshire, has won the first RFS Prees Heath Award. The Award, presented by the RFS North West Midlands Division, recognises the student who is the highest overall achiever on the university’s Woodland and Field Sports Management module of a BSc in Countryside Management.

The first winner is Anne Walker, 20, who lives on a canal boat during university terms, but is originally from Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Presenting the award, RFS Divisional Deputy chairman, David Gwillam of Shropshire-based Prees Heath Forest Nurseries, said: “I am pleased to make this presentation on behalf of the Royal Forestry Society with these books donated by Prees Heath Forest Nurseries. It is a suitable reward for Anne’s hard work over the last year at Harper Adams.”

Anne’s tutor Jim Waterson MICFor, MRICS, said: “We are delighted to be involved with the RFS and Prees Heath with this award, which reflects excellent student achievement. Anne has demonstrated the highest performance in assignment, exam and tree identification assessments and fully deserves this welcome recognition.”

Anne, who hopes to pursue in career in professional land management and environmental conservation on completion of her degree, says:

“I’m very pleased and surprised. The assignment was challenging but fun and I enjoyed it all. The books will prove really useful and are good reference materials for both university and when I start my career.”

The RFS presents a number of student awards throughout the year across the UK For details go to