Chris Starr, a former Newton Rigg, University of Cumbria lecturer, has received the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) Medal for services to the British forestry industry.

Awarded only 25 or so times in the past 80 years, the prestigious Medal is the ICF’s highest award.

It recognises Mr Starr’s contribution to raising the profile of the forestry profession both nationally and internationally.

Having lectured in numerous countries around the world, including the US, Canada, India, Sweden, Germany and Finland, he has also put Newton Rigg on the global forestry map.

Now a forestry consultant, Mr Starr was at the University of Cumbria for 24 years’ service, during which time he held many senior posts, including head of department and director for international development. He also developed a wide range of education programmes, including degrees, masters and distance learning courses.