Cumbria University student wins Tilhill Forestry award

Cumbria University student wins Tilhill Forestry award name

A Cumbria University student is celebrating after winning an award from leading forestry and timber harvesting company Tilhill Forestry and graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Forest and Woodland Management.

Robin Williams, 31, from Harrogate (North Yorkshire), won the Tilhill Forestry Award for the Best Dissertation on his course, BSc (Hons) Forestry and Woodland Management. ‘I would like to thank Tilhill Forestry for this award. It’s an honour to be associated with such an achievement. This shows the excellent work the University of Cumbria is doing in educating future foresters.’

He was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy in the shape of an acorn by Tilhill Forestry District Manager Stuart Pearson along with £250.

As part of the company’s work to strengthen links with students, Tilhill Forestry offers awards to top performing forestry students at leading universities which offer degrees in forestry-related subjects. The company also runs a popular graduate placement scheme.

Stuart Pearson explains: “We run an awards programme with a number of universities across the UK. We’re delighted to continue to support the University of Cumbria and recognise the hard work of students. It’s an excellent university which regularly feeds students into our graduate trainee programme.”

Andrew Leslie, Senior Lecturer, said: “Robin has been a pleasure to have on our Forest and Woodland Management degree.  He has consistently worked hard, taken the opportunities afforded to him during his studies and is deserving of winning the Tilhill Forestry Award ”

Tilhill Forestry has a long association with the University of Cumbria as many of its past and present employees have studied there. The university’s location is ideal for studying forests and woodlands and its degree has a strong professional focus. From the university’s Lake District campus, students have access to ancient woodlands, mixed woodlands and plantations. The increasing environmental, social and economic importance of forests leads to exciting opportunities for graduates worldwide.

Tilhill Forestry Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BSW Timber Group, was established more than 65 years ago. It is a national company operating from a network of offices throughout the UK. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor. Further information is available at

BSW is the most technologically advanced sawmill in the UK, employing over 1200 people. The company’s roots date back to 1848, and with seven sawmills in the UK and one in Latvia, has a production capacity of more than 1.2 million m3 of sawn timber which is distributed throughout construction, fencing and landscape markets

Together, BSW and Tilhill Forestry form a strong partnership in the forest industry that will deliver quality from beginning to end - from creating new forests through to producing timber end products.