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Collaboration in the forestry sector launches opportunity for new graduate

The drive for tree planting means the strategic importance of woodland and forest management becomes ever more critical. It is particularly exciting then that, with the support of the Patsy Wood Trust, the Future Trees Trust and Royal Forestry Society (RFS) are collaborating to deliver the Patsy Wood Scholarship.

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Jonas Brandl: First Patsy Wood Scholarship

The Scholarship was launched earlier this year to provide a key career stepping stone for new entrantsinto the forestry sector and the position was awarded to Jonas Brandl, a graduate of Bangor Universities MSc in Agroforestry.

Jonas will be working for three businesses, linked by their innovative approach to forestry, Timber Strategies, The Dartington Hall Trust and Sawmills Devon. Between these three companies Jonas will have the opportunity to work with innovative plantations from the last century to more contemporary projects around new planting and agroforestry; work across the supply chain from harvest to end-use; develop landscape scale forestry plans; undertake research into climate crisis resilient plantings; explore new enterprise opportunities to reinvigorate historical estate woodland; build enhanced skills in inventory and silvicultural  prescriptions required for the production of high quality timber.

The post also comes with specialist CPD training with the RFS and through the Future Tree Trust, particularly looking at the critical role of forest genetic resources in tree improvement, sound seed sourcing and planning future plant selections to deliver resilient plantations.                                                                                                                           

Jonas Brandl, Patsy Wood Scholarship recipient says:

“I am really excited about the opportunity given to me through this scholarship and the breadth of experience available between all the partners. I am proud that I got the role and keen to learn, as well as develop new ideas and contribute to the businesses success.”

Simon Lloyd, RFS says:

“The RFS is delighted to be working with the Future Trees Trust to help create this outstanding opportunity to nurture and grow forestry talent. The forestry sector desperately needs to grow the pool of talent to address the climate change challenge. We are pleased that Jonas will be developing his forestry skills with the innovative partnership at Dartington.”

Tim Rowland, CEO at Future Trees Trust says:

“Future Trees Trust is delighted to be able to support the creation of this wonderful new role, using the generous funding we received from the Patsy Wood Trust. It’s really important to us that young foresters are encouraged and helped early in their careers to understand the importance of tree improvement as well as all the other aspects of forest management and silviculture. Jonas will be a great asset to the Dartington Hall Estate and will, we hope, help us to engage young foresters in our work.”   

Jez Ralph, Timber Strategies says:

 “This is a huge opportunity for a small business to work with a young enthusiastic graduate.  We will be able to help Jonas develop his career in forestry whilst he will be able to help us bring new contemporary ideas from his recent studies.  It provides us with a platform for research & development that we would have otherwise been unable to accomplish.”