WOODLAND Heritage has announced that the joint winners of this year’s Peter Savill Award are Professor Julian Evans OBE and Dr Gabriel Hemery.

The award and has been given in recognition of the close working relationships both winners had with Dr Peter Savill, who sadly died last year.

Each year Woodland Heritage gives the Peter Savill Award to recognise the contribution of an individual who has significantly benefited British forestry.

Forestry Journal: Professor Julian Evans OBE.Professor Julian Evans OBE.

Lewis Scott, co-founder and acting chairman, said: “We wanted to recognise not just the amazing contributions that both Julian and Gabriel have made and continue to make to British forestry, but how they were also important people in Peter’s life.”

Professor Evans said: “Working with Peter has been one of life’s privileges for me. To receive this award is an honour indeed.”

Dr Hemery added: “Peter Savill has left an incredible legacy to forestry. Compiling memories from his former students and colleagues from across the world before his funeral service, certain keywords shone through which tell of his personal impact: great, gentle, kind, helpful, knowledgeable, patient, wise, humble. In short, I think of him as Peter Savill DBH: Distinguished, Brilliant, Human.”

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