Two SENRGy students awarded The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2016!

Nicholas Hill (MSc Environmental Forestry, 2015)  and Ellinor Dobie, (currently in year 2 of BSc Forestry) have been awarded the prestigious Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2016.

Endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, and delivered in partnership by the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF-IFC), the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), and the Duchy of Cornwall, and sponsored by TD Bank, the Award recognizes young forestry professionals in Canada and the United Kingdom who possess a dedication to sustainable forestry and the skills and aptitude to become our future forest leaders.  Award winners are offered summer employment in Canada, in addition to a generous bursary to help cover travel and living expenses.

Ellinor DobieEllinor DobieEllinor, who is currently studying at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as part of a one-year exchange program, said, "this Award will give me the incredible opportunity to explore Canada in a diverse, forestry context. My year at UBC has filled me with enthusiasm for this amazing country and I'm very excited to spend another three months amongst its awe-inspiring forests and friendly people”. 

Nicholas, who since completing his MSc Environmental Forestry degree has started his own woodland management consultancy company, commented "Having received the Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award I am thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to Canada and explore a forestry industry which plays such a prominent role in a nation’s culture and economy. In recent weeks I have had some memorable wildlife encounters whilst surveying forests in the South of England. The thought of undertaking similar work in Canada’s vast forested landscapes, among its rich array of iconic species is an exciting prospect. I look forward to gaining some valuable experience and skills this summer and to making professional transatlantic links which I hope will continue to enrich my career beyond." Nicholas HillNicholas Hill

Reflecting on their achievements, James Walmsley, Lecturer in Forestry at Bangor University, said, “Ellinor and Nicholas have done so well to both gain this prestigious award.  They are tremendous ambassadors both for forestry and for Bangor University; the opportunities that this award will afford them will further help their development as young forestry professionals and we look forward to learning from them once they have completed their internships in Canada and return to the UK.

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More information about the award can be found here:

Publication date: 12 April 2016