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Students Get First Hand Forestry Insight

Students from Newton Rigg College spent an informative and enjoyable morning at the busy premises of A.W. Jenkinson Forest Products in Clifton, Penrith.

The visit by the 13 forestry students followed sponsorships awarded to six Newton Rigg students, under the new partnership announced earlier this year. This aims to assist them with their studies and practical skills training.

forestry students from Newton Rigg College visiting the premises of AW Jenkinson Forest Products in Penrith. Richard Palmer, the company's Commercial Director is seen explaining the processes to the students

Forestry students from Newton Rigg College visiting the premises of AW Jenkinson Forest Products in Penrith. Richard Palmer, the company's Commercial Director is seen explaining the processes to the students

During the morning, the students were given an overview of the company and then toured the premises, gaining an insight into the operations involved in processing the raw products into the graded bark, compost and biomass which the company sells to its national customer base.

Richard Palmer, Commercial Director said: “We are delighted to be involved with Newton Rigg College, and in particular to support forestry students in their studies. The Clifton yard is our main production site from where the business was founded. A.W. Jenkinson has a long history of supporting student visits to Clifton, Penrith and more recently to Steven’s Croft, Lockerbie.

"The forest industry and the whole ‘wood life cycle’ has become much more integrated and therefore requires a wider skill base to meet the new challenges and technologies for both traditional wood products and renewable biomass energy.

The industry offers exciting and rewarding career opportunities and we are delighted to work with the College. Their commitment to nurturing work-ready individuals with both practical experience supported by technical learning stands their students in good stead. They will be well placed to meet the needs of the industry,” he added.

Susie Grainger, the College's course manager for the Forestry Section said: “Visiting Jenkinsons’ premises and seeing the procedures of what’s involved in a successful commercial forestry operation was hugely interesting and very beneficial. It gave our students a first-hand insight into the many operations and processes, bringing them alive and sparking the student’s interest and enthusiasm for the type of careers they might look to follow. We are extremely grateful to Mr Palmer and his team for giving us this valuable opportunity.”

Newton Rigg

   
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