“Lively” forestry student wins silky fox prize for tree skills

A “lively” forestry student from Weston near Sidmouth has become the first Bicton College student to win a coveted national award for his excellent practical skills and speed at climbing up trees.

Albert Selway, 17, scooped the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Silky Fox Handsaws Awards and was named “best practical student”.

His prize was a top-of-the range Silky Gomtaro pruning saw and a year’s RFS membership- to help him with his career.

His proud tutor, Nobby Clarke, said: “Albert has always shown great skill in practicals, and has always been one of the livelier members of the group!

“He was particularly impressive in the 3ATC student competition where he scored one of the fastest climbing times against colleges from around the country.”

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