CHRIS Rawlinson of the School of Natural Sciences (SNS), Bangor University, has been presented with the Tilhill Phil Johnson Memorial Award for Best Silviculture Student 2020–21 on the MSc Silviculture module.

He was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy along with £250 prize money by Tilhill’s forestry director David Edwards in the presence of Tilhill’s area manager Sam Brown and the university’s Dr James Walmsley.

Chris is currently studying on the MSc Environmental Forestry degree course. Dr James Walmsley said: “Chris performed exceptionally well on the silviculture module, submitting an excellent critical essay on silvicultural options for the Afan Valley in South Wales in the face of a changing climate. We have also nominated him for this award because he was exemplary in his attitude and engagement. Despite the challenges of studying remotely due to the pandemic, he actively participated in all online events, asking questions, helping other students and helping to create and sustain a positive learning environment for all.”

Chris said: “I for one know my forestry knowledge has developed greatly over the MSc programme, and it has been great to be within a department full of energy and a sense of community.”