Signing off after 39 years

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16 APRIL 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15917

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Forestry Commission Scotland’s Cowal & Trossachs team has said goodbye to one of their staff – after a 39 year stint!

Moving from the south of England to Glendaruel - his wife’s home town - in the 1970s, Robert Beaney joined the Cowal team as a chainsaw operator. He also joined the Transport and General Workers Union and quickly became a respected and pragmatic representative and colleague.

Gordon Donaldson, the Commission’s District Manager for Cowal & Trossachs, said:

“Robert has been a great asset to the team, trusted, valued and respected both as a forester and as a trade unionist. He’s always been enthusiastic and he’s played an important part over the years in improving pay and conditions for his colleagues. 

“He’s also been a long-time campaigner on the idea of getting more young people into the business, because for a long time young people weren’t joining and there was a risk that we would lose a lot of skills and experience when the older generation retired.

“It seems fitting that there are now a couple of apprentices enjoying their opportunity in life working with the Cowal team.”

Robert became the Union representative on the Commission’s National Committees and Councils – while still managing to do the day job – and he was elected to the role of Chairperson of the FC TU in 2004. He continued in this UK role until he retired.

Closely involved with his local community and a long-standing contributor to local sports teams and committees, Robert – formerly an enthusiastic runner - has endured several marathon runs and raised thousands of pounds  for local church funds and other good causes.

A dinner was organised at the Whistlefield Inn, overlooking Loch Eck, where his colleagues, family and friends wished him a happy and long retirement.

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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.