Award recognises forestry student’s excellent work


Harper Adams student receives award

A student from Harper Adams University near Newport, Shropshire, is celebrating after graduating with a First Class BSc. Honours degree in Countryside and Environment Management and, in addition, winning an award from Tilhill Forestry in recognition of the quality of his studies.

Matthew Newson, from Woodbridge, Suffolk, has won the Tilhill Forestry award for best achievement on the Sustainable Forestry and Forest Products moduleby a student in the 2014/15 academic year.  He was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy in the shape of an acorn by Tilhill Forestry Regional Harvesting Manager Iwan Williams who also presented Matthew with a £250 cheque.

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 and related courses. The company also runs a popular graduate placement scheme.

Matthew said: “I am greatly humbled and honoured to have received the Tilhill Forestry Award. It was a great privilege to have studied at Harper Adams University, one of these reasons being the strong industry partnerships, like that with Tilhill, which facilitates a better insight into the forestry sector. I strongly believe education is the key to the future, and therefore offer my sincerest gratitude to Tilhill for rewarding academic success and investing in the next generation of land managers.”                     

Iwan Williams said: “This year we launched an expanded awards programme with a number of universities across the UK. However Harper Adams University was the frontrunner in this project and have been involved for a number of years now. We’re delighted to be supporting Harper Adams and recognising the hard work of students who are studying forestry. It’s an excellent university which regularly feeds students into our graduate trainee programme.”

Jim Waterson MICFor, Senior Lecturer in Forestry and Forest Products at Harper Adams University, added: “We would like to thank Tilhill Forestry for offering this attractive prize. We were very pleased with Matthew’s efforts and he is a worthy winner of the award.”

Tilhill Forestry has a long association with Harper Adams University and many of its past and present employees have studied there. Harper Adams Forestry programmes offer a solid and effective way of studying forestry with a strong applied focus. Input from industry professionals, many of them Chartered Foresters, ensures that the curriculum is relevant and current and that students benefit from the experience and insight of managers with real-world responsibilities. Industry visits and assignments based on professional projects and case studies reinforce this approach and help build links and networks. The central UK location of Harper Adams enables access to a wide range of forest resource types for teaching and study.

Tilhill Forestry Ltd, established more than 65 years ago 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


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