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Outstanding students from eight colleges receive RFS Silky Fox Handsaw Awards
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Chad Abell Rfs Silky Fox Handsaw Award 2020
Chad Abell: Silky Fox Handsaw Award Winner 2020

Fourteen students from eight different colleges have received this year’s RFS Silky Fox Handsaw Awards for their progress in hands-on skills in tree and woodland care.

“ In this most extraordinary of years,  it has been truly heartening to hear from colleges about students whose practical skills have progressed in leaps and bounds. We hope these awards, which recognise their individual achievements, will encourage them as they follow careers as foresters and arborists.

“ Our thanks to Silky Fox Handsaws for making these awards possible,” Adam Pickles, RFS Future Foresters Officer.

“This is an important partnership to have with the RFS and shows to the students that there is a larger industry out there. The opportunities and experiences they can achieve can start while they are still learning about the industry, and open further avenues to explore once their qualifications are completed.” Capel Manor College.

Recipients were:

Capel Manor College

Adam Edwards, Intermediate Diploma in Tree Surgery Level 2

James Stewart, Introduction to Tree Surgery Level 1


Coleg Glynllifon

Rhinallt Eleas Ellis, Level 2 Countryside Management

Daniel Savin, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Countryside Management


Herefordshire and Ludlow College

Chad Abell, Arborist Standard Level 2


Myerscough College

Kyle Bishop, City & Guilds Arboriculture Level 2 Technical Certificate

Kane Haworth, City & Guilds Arboriculture Level 2 Technical Certificate


Plumpton College

Rhys Beardsmore, City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture

Harrison Ovenden, Apprenticeship Standard - Forestry & Arborist Level 2 


Reaseheath College

Aaron Stanway, Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture

Alexander Pointon, Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture


Shuttleworth College

Ian Price, Level 3 Extended Diploma Countryside Management

Tom Pretty, Level 2 Arborist Apprenticeship


Sparsholt College

Ben Cross, Level 2 in Forestry and Arboriculture


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