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Inverness student carves out winning eco project

By Andrew Dixon

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Jacques Fiette with his award.
Jacques Fiette with his award.

A student from the Scottish School of Forestry at Inverness College UHI has won an award from leading forestry management and timber harvesting company, Tilhill.

Jacques Fiette, a forest management student, won the Tilhill award for best new planting application following a report on woodland creation in his forestry policy and law module.

The 23-year-old was tasked with developing a woodland creation operational plan for a former agricultural site in the Highlands, similar to the plan most foresters will complete when trying to access grant funding for new woodland projects.

He proposed a productive hardwood scheme, which addressed resiliency to the impacts of climate change.

Mr Fiette, who works for Logie Timber in Forres, said: “The support and encouragement students receive from the Scottish School of Forestry is reflected through this award, which I’m very grateful to receive.

“This award is a great opportunity for students to be creative and research the multiple options available for woodland creation.

“It is also a good way of introducing students to using official documents and layouts, as well as showing the amount of research required.

“I have spent most of my life in the French Alps, where I developed a love for the outdoors and a special attraction to all things wood.”

Read more about the Scottish School of Forestry.

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