New man at the helm

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Forestry Commission Scotland’s Lochaber based team has a new man at the helm.

Dr Ben Lennon, who has been with the Commission since 1994, took over as District Manager in December 2014.

Ben said;

“I’ve been involved with forestry all my working life and it’s great to come to Lochaber and lead the team in meeting the challenges ahead.

“It’s a beautiful part of the world and we have some of the best bits of the national forest estate here too. It’s a fantastic local - and national - asset and we’re all about ensuring that it continues to deliver a wide range of benefits for communities, individuals, for biodiversity and the economy. 

“There are obviously challenges ahead – tree health and the steep ground harvesting programme being two obvious ones – but I’m looking forward to the task.”

Ben, who is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Philosophy, started his career in Cumbria in 1988, working as a chainsaw operator.

He joined the Forestry Commission in 1994 after graduating from the National School of Forestry and has worked as an area forester in Somerset and as Planning and Environment Manager in the Forest of Dean Forest District in south west England. He has worked in Lochaber as Planning Manager since 2011.

Awarded a doctorate in 2010 from the University of Bristol for his study on woodland history, he has published a number of academic papers on woodland and landscape history.  

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