George McRobbie wins Confor award

9th March 2018

George receiving his award from Fergus Ewing MSP, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Connectivity.

(Tilhill Forestry, Stirling, Scotland, March 2018) – George McRobbie, described as 'a stalwart of the 21st century forestry and timber sector' has been named as the winner of Confor’s Dedicated Service to Forestry Award for 2018. Confor is a membership organisation that promotes sustainable forestry and wood-using businesses.

Managing Director of Tilhill Forestry George McRobbie, who is also a Confor Board member and Forestry Commissioner, was presented with the award by Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing at Confor’s annual dinner in Edinburgh.

Mr Ewing spoke at the dinner in the same week that the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill reaches its final stages in the Scottish Parliament.

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor, said: "George McRobbie has been a significant figure in the modern forestry industry. He has stepped up to the mark to serve the sector time and time again - and always brings a wide range of skills to the table. He has enormous knowledge of forestry and valuable attributes, including integrity, diligence and tremendous common sense."

George has been Managing Director of Tilhill Forestry since 2012, a Board member of Confor since 2013 and a Forestry Commissioner since 2015. He is also a former President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

George said: "I am delighted and honoured to win this award. It is a privilege to serve the modern forestry industry and a pleasure to see the sector making very positive progress towards a new era of productive planting."

Mr Goodall said at the event: "At a time when society faces huge challenges, there is a big role for an emerging sector that can offer solutions and behave with integrity. But we have to tell the story – collectively get the message out there – and that means all of us working together."

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 company in the UK employing over 1,200 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.


Image: George (left) receiving his award from Fergus Ewing MSP (right), the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Connectivity.

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