National Arbor Day

Radio Lancashire

Sharon was asked to travel and speak to the students at Myerscough College in Preston and organised by Duncan Slater, presenting the first National Arbor Day in her role as Vice President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.  At lunch an interview with (click this link for the interview) BBC Radio Lancashire went out with Stephen Lowe.

To quote Duncan, the day is/was …….’a massive opportunity to promote the many benefits that trees can bring to communities – and also highlight the arboricultural industry as essential for providing, maintaining and managing those trees’. 

The Streets of London: Resilience of People, Resilience of Place

Institute of Chartered Foresters 2016 National Study Tour

Sharon is playing a large part in this years ICF Study Tour, which will involve tours across many interesting London sites. Named ‘The Streets of London’ (ask Sharon why, and certainly get her to sing the first couple of lines), the event starts on the 5th October, and will feature Environmental Advisor and Broadcaster Prof Chris Baines, Peter Massini MCIEEM of the Greater London Authority, Mersey Forest’s Paul Nolan OBE MICFor, John Parker of Transport for London. A dinner on the 5th will be held, and there is an opportunity to download the full programme here.  Great chance to meet up with like-minded colleagues, and a rare opportunity for many to hear the MD of a respected practice cover one of the most famous ‘trad’ songs ever written (if enough money changes hands).

Places are limited! Visit the ICF website to discover further information and book today.

Plumpton College Awards


 Plumpton College Student Awards 2015Plumpton College student awards 2015
 A great afternoon was spent on Friday June 19th when we were invited to Plumpton College for their annual awards ceremony.Of the 770 students receiving awards, there was one special additional award from the ICF for the top Arboricultural student, Peter Small. In achieving the Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Arboriculture, Peter also received a certificate from the ICF which Sharon presented to him after the ceremony, held in a magnificent marquee in the grounds of the college. The award was sponsored by Hassocks Field Society, and afterwards Peter spent some time with Sharon discussing the possibilities that laid ahead for him, whilst she encouraged him via her experiences in the business to follow his desire to establish himself as a consultant. Sharon presented Peter with a year’s subscription to the ICF, and he is likely to be popping over to the SHA office to do a couple of days work experience with the company. Here’s the official press release from the college:-

‘Plumpton College held its annual awards ceremony recently, and over two thousand students, staff, parents and invited guests celebrated completing students receiving awards.  The Principal, Des Lambert congratulated the students on their successes, highlighting the efforts which students had devoted to their studies to achieve their awards, commenting that all staff were proud of the students’ individual achievements. 

A very wide range of students attend the college in terms of the discipline studied and the academic level of study and Plumpton College is unique in its ability to encourage and develop such a wide range of learners in land-based subjects.  It is what makes the college special.

Dr Stan Stanier, Chair of College Governors, welcomed the guest of honour, Dr Tim Strickland, CEO of FE Sussex.  Dr Strickland had a wide knowledge of vocational training including teaching at nautical colleges and at a number of FE colleges and in addition to this he had a wide experience of international education and college inspections.  He has long been a strong advocate of vocational education, was involved with many Sussex associations and is a great supporter of the College’s activities. During his address Dr Strickland mentioned that the students were part of a far wider body of 63,000 students studying at colleges across Sussex.  This awards ceremony was one of the largest.  He strongly supported the College with its emphasis on student success and diversity of the curriculum.  He emphasised to the students that College was not only about learning their chosen area of expertise but it was also about growing in confidence and making friends and that the friendships which the students had made during their time at college would last them through their life.  He emphasised that the awards event celebrated success and reminded the students of never underestimating the importance of self-confidence, combined with vocational qualifications, to help them through their careers. He also reminded the students of the importance of creating their own opportunities and that learning needs to continue throughout their careers.

The awards ceremony was then directed by Dr David Stokes, Deputy Principal.

At the end of the ceremony Mr Peter Field, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex congratulated the Principal on his award of OBE.

On behalf of all students, Alexandra Tuck, who had just been awarded the prize for the top student on the Foundation Degree in Agriculture, proposed a vote of thanks to all present, including the staff and governors.  She offered congratulations to each student at this, the end of an important chapter in their lives.  On behalf of the students she thanked all the staff for the work which they had put into helping students during their time at college.  Alex added that every student would take away cherished memories and wished everyone much luck for the future‘.

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