50 years service for forestry worker recognised

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7 APRIL 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16237

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A forestry supervisor who has retired after 50 years of service with Forestry Commission Scotland enjoyed a fitting send-off with colleagues recently…..with a day in the woods.

Graham Morrison, who received the Imperial Service Medal and a long service certificate in recognition of his long and meritorious career, opted to revisit some of his old woodlands, rather than have a big fuss made over the award.

Alistair Young, for the Commission’s Aberdeenshire team said:

“The phrase ‘shy and retiring’ would be very apt for Graham but we couldn’t think of a better and more appropriate way to mark his outstanding contribution over the years.

“Unusually we brought Graham back to his forests for the day to be surrounded on a working site by some of the team he worked with. It was great to get Graham on site again and Graham very generously spent a good bit of the day with some new members of the team in the Durris area. It was great to listen to him pass on some of his incredibly extensive knowledge of how to get the best from the forests in the Mearns & Deeside area.

“It was typical of the warm and friendly person we know and both he – and his wealth of knowledge and experience in harvesting and forest management - will be missed by all his colleagues.”

Graham worked all of his life in the Kincardine area, initially in Drumtochty and Fetteresso, initially as a skilled forest craftsman, but latterly as a works supervisor covering all of Kincardine.

He worked for exactly 50 years with the Forestry commission starting in April 1963, retiring in April 2013.

Notes to Editors
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk