The Future of Forestry: ADAS graduate wins writing prize

December 07, 2018

A new graduate agricultural consultant in the ADAS (an RSK company) agriculture and land management team has been awarded the first Future of Forestry Writing Prize in a writing competition designed to stimulate debate on the potential for forestry and wood processing to deliver a more sustainable society.

Lorna Johnson was delighted to receive the first prize for her essay, ‘How can forestry and wood processing help deliver a green Brexit and a more sustainable society in the UK?’, at the Palace of Westminster in London, UK, on 20 November.
The writing competition, organised by Confor, invited applicants to submit an essay based on how forestry can contribute to a green Brexit and sustainable society. Anyone under the age of 30 was eligible to enter. Lorna based her essay on how forestry contributes to biodiversity, carbon sequestration through the construction industry and improving air quality. The judges said that Lorna’s essay “made a powerful case for forestry’s enhanced role in a sustainable future society, with a holistic approach connecting forestry, wood use, climate changes and much more.”

“I was notified that I’d made it into the top-three essays and was invited to the Palace of Westminster to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry AGM. There, I was delighted to find out I’d won first prize,” says Lorna. “This included £500 and a certificate from the event sponsor Tilhill Forestry.

“I’m really delighted to win this award. It was brilliant to meet my fellow winners and so many forestry professionals to discuss the exciting future of this great industry.”

The event was attended by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs David Rutley; Stuart Goodall, chief executive of Confor; Chris Davies, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry; Peter Whitfield, business development director at Tilhill Forestry; and Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton.

You can read Lorna’s winning essay on the Confor website. The essay will also be published in Forestry and Timber News in February 2019.

🤔 Should businesses offer free period products to staff?

We think they should!

💚 We decided to trial this at our offices, offering pads, panty liners and tampons for free. What’s more, all products on offer (and their packaging) are made from sustainable materials.

What do you think of this initiative?

#Inclusion #Wellbeing #Culture #WorkCulture #Diversity #Sustainability
...

📸 #selfiesonsite 🤳

RSK Radiological’s Karen Gunn on her way to site in her first drive of one of our RSK’s electric vehicles fleet!

Want to join our team? View our latest opportunities 👉 www.rskgroup.com/careers

#RSKgroup #behindthescenes #meettheteam #RSKfamily #RSKonsite #culture
...

🤝 At COP27, delegates from across the globe debated vital issues from expediting clean energy solutions to ensuring financial support for nations on the front lines of climate change.

🤔 As we are looking ahead to what the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) will bring, we asked specialists from across the RSK group what impact the agreement has had on their sectors and regions.

Read more in our bio!

#ClimateChange #Biodiversity #ClimateCrisis #COP15 #COP27 #Sustainability
...

📸 #selfiesonsite 🤳

Amelia Houghton from RSK Biocensus having a wonderful time on-site!

Want to join our team? View our latest opportunities 👉 www.rskgroup.com/careers

#RSKgroup #behindthescenes #meettheteam #RSKfamily #RSKonsite #culture
...

👏 Steven Carmody, Managing Director at SCP Infrastructure, an RSK group company, has been re-elected to the national council of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.

💚 "I take great pride in seeing things being built and leaving a long-term legacy for our world.”

Find out more about Steven's work in our bio!

#Highways #Transportation #Transport #Infrastructure #Sustainability #Council
...

🤔 Do you ever wonder what COP15 really is and why does it matter to you and your business?

💚 Dr Stephanie Wray, RSK Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Managing Director of Nature Positive, gives us a clear explanation about why it is essential for the business community to understand the opportunity that is COP15.

Read more in our bio!

#COP15 #Biodiversity #Nature #Environment #Sustainability #NetZero
...

🤝 @facaderemedialconsultants' Managing Director has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove to highlight concerns around new regulations such as the Building Safety Act 2022 and the developers’ pledge – Mr Gove’s bid to reset building safety in England.

Find out what he requested in our bio!

#Housing #Building #Construction #Safety #Home #Development
...