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50 years service for forestry worker recognised

Graham being congratulated by Moray & Aberdeenshire District Manager, John Thomson.

Graham being congratulated by Moray & Aberdeenshire District Manager, John Thomson.

A supervisor who has retired after 50 years of service with Forestry Commission Scotland enjoyed a fitting send-off…..with a day in the woods.

Graham Morrison worked all of his life in the Kincardine area, initially in Drumtochty and Fetteresso.

He started as a skilled forest craftsman, but latterly was a works supervisor covering all of Kincardine.

Graham, who received the Imperial Service Medal and a long service certificate in recognition of his long and meritorious career, opted to revisit some of his old woodlands, rather than have a big fuss made over the award.

Alistair Young, for the Commission’s Aberdeenshire team said: “The phrase ‘shy and retiring’ would be very apt for Graham but we couldn’t think of a better and more appropriate way to mark his outstanding contribution over the years.

“Unusually, we brought Graham back to his forests for the day to be surrounded on a working site by some of the team he worked with.

“It was great to get Graham on site again and he very generously spent a good bit of the day with some new members of the team in the Durris area.

‘‘It was great to listen to him pass on some of his incredibly extensive knowledge of how to get the best from the forests in the Mearns and Deeside area.

“It was typical of the warm and friendly person we know and both he – and his wealth of knowledge and experience in harvesting and forest management - will be missed by all his colleagues.”

 

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