Nick Marsh – MSc Forestry (Distance Learning)

Now works as:            Countryside Ranger
Now works for:          National Trust

“Since I was a child growing up in rural Herefordshire, I have had a passion for trees and woodlands, joining the Woodland Trust and eventually undertaking voluntary work in practical woodland management”

“After University and a 20 year career in building surveying and property services, I decided to look for an alternative path in conservation, specifically woodland and forestry-related work. Whilst still employed, I needed to have a study programme which suited my personal requirements and the MSc in Forestry course at Bangor provided the perfect solution.”

“The course enabled me to join the Wildlife Trust in Oxfordshire as a Conservation Trainee and also to gain valuable woodland mensuration and planning experience with the Chilterns Woodland Project. The MSc has an excellent reputation for providing first class forestry education and both employers were willing to support my career change based upon a commitment to this course. The module learning materials, links to research portals, online tutorial support and teaching methods used provide a really integrated programme and ensure that you have access to the best and most up to date forestry information available.”

“I have now completed my career transition by gaining full-time employment as a Countryside Ranger with the National Trust. I am managing a number of habitats, including two large woodland sites requiring extensive thinning programmes. The MSc Forestry course at Bangor provided the knowledge base for me to apply practical skills directly to these sites, in terms of understanding forestry planning and logistics and appreciating timber markets. It has been an invaluable course both from providing the flexibility of study to supporting someone like me without a background in forestry and giving me the confidence to develop in a new and exciting career.”