Award recognises Bangor student’s excellent work

A student from Bangor University is the second person to win a special award given in memory of Phil Johnson, a greatly respected and much missed Tilhill Forestry member of staff.
Award recognises Bangor student’s excellent work

Press Release ( - BANGOR, Wales - May 19, 2016 - A student from Bangor University is the second person to win a special award given in memory of Phil Johnson, a greatly respected and much missed Tilhill Forestry member of staff.

Mary Crossland from Wimbourne, Dorset, and based in Bangor, has won the Tilhill Forestry Phil Johnson Memorial Award for Best Silviculture Student 2015/16 with the highest mark for the DDL-4202 Silviculture module achieved by an MSc student in the 2015/16 academic year.  She was presented with a specially carved wooden trophy in the shape of an acorn by Tilhill Forestry Regional Harvesting Manager Iwan Williams along with £250.

Phil Johnson worked for Tilhill Forestry for many years and was Regional Manager for England and Wales when he passed away following a short but valiant battle against cancer three years ago. During his career he made a huge contribution to the company including setting up the UK’s largest privately owned mountain bike centre at Coed Llandegla, Wales.

As part of the company’s work to strengthen links with students, Tilhill Forestry offers awards to top performing forestry students at leading universities which offer degrees in Forestry. The company also runs a popular graduate placement scheme.

Mary said: “I am very grateful to Tilhill Forestry for offering this award. To receive it has been a real honour and one of the highlights of my time studying at Bangor University.”

Iwan Williams added: “We run an awards programme with a number of universities across the UK but this award is extra special as it is in memory of a greatly missed colleague.

“We’re delighted to continue to support Bangor University and recognise the hard work of students who are studying forestry. It’s an excellent university which regularly feeds students into our graduate trainee programme.”

James Walmsley ( and Mark Rayment (, Lecturers in Forestry ( at Bangor University (, said: “We would like to thank Tilhill Forestry for offering this attractive prize. Mary was an outstanding student with an astonishing average mark of 90.5%!

Mary has since proved this was not a one-off, achieving similar marks on other modules.  Mary will shortly leave the UK destined for Ethiopia where she will undertake her MSc dissertation field work data collection and we would like to wish her well with this exciting endeavour.”

Forestry has been taught at Bangor for more than 110 years, and its forestry degrees are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Mary is a student on Bangor’s MSc Environmental Forestry programme, which has been running since 1978 and from which students from over 100 countries have graduated.  Tilhill Forestry has a long association with Bangor University as many of its past and present employees have studied there.

Tilhill Forestry Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BSW Timber Group was established more than 65 years ago. It is a national company operating from a network of offices throughout the UK. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor. Further information is available at

BSW is the most technologically advanced sawmill in the UK employing over 1200 people. The Company’s roots date back to 1848, and with seven sawmills in the UK and one in Latvia, has a production capacity of more than 1.2 million m3 of sawn timber which is distributed throughout construction, fencing and landscape markets

Together, BSW and Tilhill Forestry form a strong partnership in the forest industry that will deliver quality from beginning to end – from creating new forests through to producing timber end products.


For further information contact Suzi Christie PR Consultant for Tilhill Forestry on 01435 830031 or e-mail

Photo shows (left to right) James Walmsley, Mary Crossland, Iwan Williams and Mark Rayment.

Source : Tilhill Forestry

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