Student fascinated with Scotland’s natural environment awarded top prize

27 February 2017

A student of the Scottish School of Forestry at Inverness College UHI picked up the inaugural Savills Prize at a ceremony on Monday (February 27) after being recognised for his impressive personal achievement.

Ewan Batchelor (32), a final year BSc Sustainable Forest Management student from Cawdor was presented with a trophy and cheque from Savills during a ceremony held at Inverness Campus. Judges commended his outstanding academic report in the field of sustainable land management.

Ewan, who is completing his degree part-time whilst working at private forest management company, Tillhill Forestry, proposed a strategy for the future management of a mixed-use rural estate, providing a platform for sustainable development and enhanced management of natural resources – for people, planet and production.

Speaking of his award, Ewan said: “I am very grateful for the recognition from such a prestigious organisation.

“As someone who has always been captivated by the natural environment – be it forest, loch, mountain or coast – it’s brilliant to be able to work and study in a field I am both fascinated with and passionate about.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Scottish School of Forestry. There is a strong connection with the forestry industry in the region and high regard for the students it produces. To receive the Savills Prize makes it all the more special.”

Ewan Reid, associate director – senior forestry manager, Savills, who presented Ewan with the prize, said: “We are delighted to award the inaugural Savills Forestry prize to such an innovative student. 

“It is encouraging to see forestry attracting such talent because, as a sector, it is becoming increasingly dynamic.  It enriches Scotland’s economy in a number of ways; through sustainable construction, renewable energy, timber production and tourism, all the while enhancing the natural environment.”

Diane Rawlinson, principal and chief executive, Inverness College UHI, said: “It’s been wonderful to support Ewan as he furthers his passion for the natural environment. To see such important work with real value coming out of the Scottish School of Forestry is testament to both our students and the unique learning environment the school provides.

“I have no doubt that Ewan’s achievements will serve as an inspiration for his fellow students.”

Following completion of his degree, Ewan hopes to continue his professional development by gaining Chartered Forester status and looks forward to getting involved with some unique projects at the forefront of the forestry industry.

Established in the 1970s, the Scottish School of Forestry is a principal institution for forestry and arboriculture training and education in Scotland and offers a range of qualifications from certificate to degree level.

For more information about forestry courses at Inverness College UHI visit


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