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NEWS RELEASE No: 1385226 JULY 2010

Love of the outdoors draws Michael

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Michael Ullman

Leaving behind a career in finance, 31-year-old Michael Ullman from Winchester has taken his love of the great outdoors one step further, and secured a Harvesting Works Supervisor role at the Forestry Commission.

Michael has just finished a Woodland Management Foundation Degree at Sparsholt College - for which he is going to be presented with an award from the Royal Forestry Society for achieving the highest average grade on the course.

In his new position, Michael will have responsibility for supervising the smooth running of forest operations. He will oversee timber harvesting contractors across the South East of England (including the New Forest, Dorset and Kent), ensuring machinery and staff adhere to legal requirements.

Michael, who is based at the Forestry Commission’s New Forest Headquarters in Lyndhurst, explained:

“A few years ago, I went travelling around New Zealand and Australia and I really came to love being outdoors. I made the decision to change my career and thought that I could put my love of the outdoors to good use; plus I wanted to take on a role where I could be a positive influence.”

Michael opted for a Degree in Woodland Management; the course involved a work placement which he undertook in the Forestry Commission’s Kielder District in Northumberland. When the Harvesting Works Supervisor position arose for the South East region, Michael didn’t hesitate to apply.

He added:

“I have only been in this position for a few weeks but already it’s everything I hoped it would be, and more. I feel extremely lucky to have secured a job so quickly, and I’m fortunate to have joined a fantastic team at the Forestry Commission. I’m really looking forward to learning much more about the working of the South East forests as I gain experience.”

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodland for the benefit of the environment and the general public. It is the UK’s largest land manager and the biggest provider of outdoor recreation.

1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For more information, visit

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