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A new job as Forest Craftsman was enough to ‘uproot’ Ben Anderson and tempt him to move to the south coast from Stratford upon Avon.
After a ten-year career in farming, the 30-year-old was keen to develop his growing interest in forestry work and leapt at the chance to join the Forestry Commission.
Ben’s new craftsman role involves tree planting, surveying the rate of tree establishment, felling, weed control and maintenance of recreational facilities such as gates and paths.
“Although I undertook an HND in agriculture, I have always been split between my love of farming and forestry. I recently decided to study for a distance learning degree in forestry, which I am due to complete in July, and so this new role really is the perfect job for me.
“The New Forest, Dorset and Wiltshire area is such a lovely part of the world and, although I am due to be married later this year, it didn’t take much to persuade my fiancée that this was absolutely the right move for us.”
Ben’s position sees him cover a patch which extends from the edge of the New Forest and Ringwood to include most of Dorset, including Wareham and Dorchester. Living in Downton near Salisbury, Ben added:
“I’m already really enjoying the surveying aspect of my job – tracking how many trees have survived from last year’s planting and how many have been damaged by deer, rabbits or other forest wildlife. I’m fortunate to have joined a fantastic team at the Forestry Commission and, by working in pairs or small groups, I’ll be able to learn from colleagues with decades of 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.
NOTES TO EDITOR
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 www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest
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Libby Burke at the Forestry Commission on 02380 286832