Former chief forester receives award from Royal Forestry Society

Derick Stickler, recently retired Chief Forester on the Windsor Estate, has been presented with a long service award from the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) after working for The Crown Estate in forestry management for 43 years.

19 October 2010

The awards were presented during a meeting of the RFS Southern Division at Stansted Park on the Hampshire / Sussex border by RFS President Anthony Bosanquet who said: "The presentation of long service awards to people such as Derick is a moving and humbling occasion for all concerned, and a great privilege for any RFS President. In our 'here today, gone tomorrow' world, such dedication over such a long period of time is not only exceptional but also very special: I hope that it will be an inspiration to future generations of foresters."

Derick Stickler commented: "The high quality of forestry practiced at Windsor over many decades has created the close relationship between the Royal Forestry Society and The Crown Estate in Windsor. I have been very fortunate to have played a part in this process and, in particular, it was a special privilege to have been instrumental in the planning and hosting of both the hundredth and 125th Anniversary Royal Forestry Society tours of the estate, which were attended by Her Majesty the Queen."

"I joined the Royal Forestry Society when I began my career and it has provided an important forum for discussion and the sharing of best practice amongst colleagues from many different levels within forestry. Following World War II, the government encouraged the replenishment of woodland. However, the greatest change over my career is that the focus is now on multipurpose woodland management and the equal weight given to public access, environmental management and commercial activity."

Derick began his forestry career on the Windsor Estate at the age of 19 when he also joined the Royal Forestry Society. Following the completion of the Forestry Commission Forester Training Course, Derick returned to Windsor in 1971 as a trainee forester in charge of Swinley Forest and became Chief Forester in 1991. Derick, who is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, retired in March 2010 and lives in Old Windsor with his wife Jenny who has run the Windsor School of Dancing for the last 37 years.

An area of 3,100 hectares (7,666 acres) of the Windsor Estate is covered by forestry including nationally and internationally recognised areas of ancient and natural woodland. Windsor Great Park and forest has the largest collection of mature, over mature and ancient oak and beech trees that remain in Europe north of the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. It provides a thriving and diverse habitat for animals, insects and birds and supplies commercial timber, including logs and Christmas trees.