Royal Welsh stalwart wins prestigious forestry award

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17 JULY 2009NEWS RELEASE No: 12654
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* Forestry Commission Wales at the Royal Welsh Show *

A man who is credited with shaping many woodlands throughout Wales has become the second winner of the prestigious Ian Forshaw Memorial Medal for his services to forestry.

For almost 40 years, forestry consultant Paul Raymond-Barker has advised many woodland owners on how to manage their land and is widely respected across the industry.

He beat seven other nominees from across the public and private sectors to win the award, which was created as a lasting legacy to commemorate Ian Forshaw, former Director of Forestry Commission Wales who died suddenly in September 2007.

Paul received his award - a cheque for 500 and the Ian Forshaw Memorial Medal - from Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones during the forestry awards ceremony at the showground today (Tuesday, July 21).

The judges - Forestry Commissioner for Wales Judith Webb and the Honorary Director of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Harry Fetherstonhaugh - said Paul's contribution to private sector forestry in Wales over several decades set him apart as the outstanding candidate.

In addition to running his forestry consultancy, Paul has supported the RWAS for 27 years on forestry-related matters and was chairman of the society's Forestry Committee for 17 years. He is also a former committee member of the Forestry and Timber Association (now the Confederation of Forest Industries/Confor).

Paul was instrumental in creating the successful main forestry ring and sourced the original tall poles which host the tree climbing competition.

Ian Forshaw's successor as FC Wales Director, Trefor Owen, said, "Paul has an outstanding record in woodland management and excels in delivering woodland owners' objectives through sound woodland management. He has also given up a great deal of his own time to develop the forestry section at the Royal Welsh Show into one of the largest and best in the UK.

"He has been instrumental in guiding many woodland owners on how to manage their woodlands in a sustainable way and is highly regarded within his profession. There is no doubt that Paul is a worthy winner of this prestigious award."

The award is presented annually to the person, group or business which best embodies the qualities of excellence and innovation that Ian brought to forestry in Wales. Judges are also looking for proven long term commitment and high regard among peers, qualities which reflect Ian’s highly regarded contribution to the sector.


The Ian Forshaw Memorial Medal celebrates those that have gone the extra mile in the way Welsh woodlands and forest products make a difference to people’s lives.

The judges were looking for people, groups or businesses in Wales which:
made a difference to the woodlands, forestry activity/sector or the timber industry
brought distinction to and enhanced the reputation of forestry, the timber industry or woodlands
demonstrated innovation and/or entrepreneurship
carried the respect of their peers.

The medal is open to any individual, group or business that studies, influences or practices forestry or uses timber in Wales in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

The inaugural winner of the award, last year, was Forestry Commission Wales's former Wildlife Manager, John Lewis.

For more details of the medal, contact James Laing on 0845 604 0845.
Media enquiries to Clive Davies, Forestry Commission Wales Information Officer, on 0845 604 0845.