Future of Forestry writing prize is back

8 January 2019

The Future of Forestry writing prize will run again in 2019 after a highly successful launch year in 2018, Confor has announced.

Tilhill Forestry has also confirmed that it will return as headline sponsor for the Confor competition, won in 2018 by Lorna Johnson, a Masters student at Harper Adams University and graduate agricultural consultant with ADAS. 

Lorna received her award of £500 and a certificate from Forestry Minister David Rutley MP at a packed event at the Palace of Westminster in November. Judges said her essay made “a powerful case for forestry’s enhanced role in a sustainable future society, with a holistic approach connecting forestry, wood use, climate change and much more”.  

Sandy Davidson, a Forest Management student at the Scottish School of Forestry in Inverness, won £250 for second place, while Rob Coltman and David Pelly, both of Tiilhill Forestry were placed joint third, receiving £100 each. All four winners attended the awards ceremony, three of them accompanied by their local MP. 

The writing prize was launched to celebrate the contribution of young professionals and students to the profession. They were asked to write on ‘How can forestry and wood processing help deliver a Green Brexit and a more sustainable society in the UK?’  

Stuart Goodall, Confor Chief Executive, said: "We were delighted with the response to the first writing prize and equally delighted by the quality of the entries. The presentation evening was fantastic, with a tremendous buzz in the room as young professionals and students mixed with politicians and a wide range of forestry and timber experts.