Inaugural Woodland Trust prize presented to East Sussex star student

Inaugural Woodland Trust prize presented to East Sussex star student

There was an extra reason for celebration for forestry student Ben Crisford who as well as graduating from the University of Cumbria’s National School of Forestry was the first recipient of a new prize awarded by the Woodland Trust.

The student, from Heathfield in East Sussex, was awarded the inaugural prize which recognises the best overall grade on BSc (Hons) Woodland Ecology and Conservation with and without placement.

“It was a great course which went really well – I was delighted to get a job at the end of it,” Ben, who has joined Tilhill Forestry in south west Scotland, said.

Ben is among the latest graduates from the National School of Forestry, the largest provider of undergraduate forestry and woodland courses in England and Wales.

The school has over 50 years of educating and training professional foresters and achieve high levels of student satisfaction on our courses and high levels of employability.

“At the National School of Forestry we’re always really pleased to see our students excelling by winning the prizes that show our close industry connections,” Dr Andrew Weatherall, senior lecturer in forestry conservation, said. ”We shouldn’t forget that we have other students who have done well including those on placement in California, getting placements in woodland and ecology industries here and going on Institute of Chartered Foresters Prince of Wales award to Canada.”

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Pictured: Ben Crisford, recipient of the first Woodland Trust prize at the National School of Forestry.