RFS expands Silky Fox Handsaw Awards

Date Issued: 18 October 2012
John Tunstall, winner of the RFS Silky Fox Handsaws Awards 2012 at Reaseheath College, Cheshire, studied City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Forestry & Arboriculture

The Royal Forestry Society Silky Fox Handsaw Awards are being expanded to include two more colleges in 2013. Newton Rigg in Cumbria and Brooksby Melton College in Leicestershire will join 22 other colleges across England and Wales in presenting the awards to the best practical students on Level 2 or 3 Certificates in Forestry and Arboriculture.

The awards were launched in 2012, thanks to a link up between the RFS and Silky Fox Handsaws.

RFS Education Officer Debbie Cotton says: “We are delighted to recognise the enthusiasm and hard work of students who will become the tree experts of the future.

“The winning students receive a Silky Fox Handsaw, as a reminder of all the time they have invested in learning their craft, plus membership of the RFS to help them to learn from those already involved in woodland management and to make connections which can lead to jobs.”

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 RFS has growing links with colleges, offering half-price membership to students, and corporate membership for colleges and their staff. It also offers the Randle Travel Bursary for those who wish to pursue studies abroad – closing date is March 6 2013. For more information go to our Learning and Qualifications/training pages.