TWO senior forestry figures have been awarded the Institute of Chartered Foresters' highest honour. 

Tom Jenkins, head of Forest Research Wales, and principal silviculturist at Forest Research Gary Kerr were presented with the ICF's Institute’s Medal last week. 

Given to individuals who demonstrate a continued commitment to professional excellence and service in forestry, it is awarded to those whose work reaches beyond the profession and is recognised UK-wide. 

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Both Tom and Gary have contributed significantly to the sector’s development throughout their careers, ICF chiefs said, and to many aspects of the Institute’s operations during their membership.

Tom joined the ICF as an associate member in 1991, successfully completing his Professional Membership Examinations (PME) and being admitted as a professional member in 1995. He became a fellow of the Institute in 2007. Tom served as an assessor of the Institute’s examinations from 2000–2006, and was appointed as the moderator of the Examinations Board in 2007 and has served in this capacity ever since.

Dr Kerr became a Fellow of the Institute in 2003 and was elected to council in 2021. He was editor-in-chief of Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research between 2001–2021.