Trainee tree surgeon wins forestry award

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A TEENAGER has become the first student from his college to win a prestigious forestry award.

 Thomas Stevens, 19, who is studying for an Extended Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture at East Durham College, won the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Silky Fox Handsaws Award as the student showing the best endeavour.

Presenting Thomas with a Silky Gomtaro 300mm pruning saw and a year’s membership of the society, RFS North Eastern Division secretary Hamish Jeffery said: “Throughout Thomas’s career he will be drawing upon practical skills to ensure the health of trees and woodlands.

“I hope that this saw will always act as a reminder of the days at college. We look forward to seeing Thomas at our meetings, and wish him well in his future career.”