Lorna Johnson, a Masters student at Harper Adams University and graduate agricultural consultant with ADAS, was named the winner of the first Future of Forestry writing prize – organised by trade body Confor: promoting forestry and wood.

The 22-year-old won £500 and was presented with her cheque by Forestry Minister David Rutley MP at the Westminster reception, organised by Confor for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry. Ten MPs and members of the House of Lords attended the event.

Sandy Davidson, a Forest Management student at the Scottish School of Forestry in Inverness, won £250 for second place, while Rob Coltman and David Pelly of Tiilhill Forestry (based in Kent and central Scotland) were placed joint third, receiving £100 each. All four winners also received signed certificates.

The event was organised to celebrate the contribution of young professionals and students to the profession. They were asked to write on ‘How can forestry and wood processing help deliver a Green Brexit and a more sustainable society in the UK?’