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News Release: September 2016

A post-graduate student studying his MSc in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry at Myerscough College near Preston has been awarded the 2016 Lockhart Garratt Masters Award. The presentation, made to Matthew Wells in Fort Worth, Texas recognises the outstanding work he produced during his studies.

Matt Wells 2016 03Duncan Slater from Myerscough College present Matthew with the award on behalf of Lockhart Garratt – a UK based environmental planning and forestry consultancy – at the 92nd International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Conference at Fort Worth, Texas, USA on 16th August 2016.

Following his acceptance of the award, Matthew delivered a talk to the delegates in the hall about his research was that more regular pruning of their tree stock in Santa Monica gave rise to more frequent branch failures. His conclusion is that the wisdom of the current street pruning programme needs to be reviewed.

In his role of Urban Forester for the City of Santa Monica, California, Matthew has international experience of urban forestry and specialises in municipal tree management. Previous to this he was the Director of Tree Preservation for NYC Parks and has also been a Tree Officer in Central London.

Matthew has set an excellent standard for MSc level research by analysing the effects of cyclical pruning on the rate of failures in street trees in Santa Monica

comments Duncan Slater.

His findings should have a big impact on future tree management plans in many urban forests, as it highlights that, at times, arborists prune trees in a way that makes branch failures more likely to happen. I hope to have more students that can match the very high standard that Matthew has set with all his coursework and that can produce such mindset-changing research.

John Lockhart from Lockhart Garratt Ltd commented

I am delighted that once again we are able to provide support Myerscough College and this award. Having met Matthew I am delighted that this has been awarded to an exceptional candidate who I believe will continue to have a very successful career in urban management and arboriculture.

Upon receiving his award Matthew commented

I decided to embark on an MSC Arboriculture & Urban Forestry degree to strengthen my knowledge and expertise. I found the course at Myerscough to be an excellent blend of research, theory and practical examples. Since graduating from Myerscough I have found that I am far better equipped to deliver a systematic, planned and sustainable urban forestry program to the community I serve. Developing my knowledge and analytical research skills at Myerscough has also given me the confidence to present multiple papers at urban forestry conferences throughout the world. I am very grateful to Lockhart Garratt for recognising this excellent Master’s programme and I am honoured to receive this wonderful and generous award.

In addition to the Myerscough Award Lockhart Garratt continue to support education with the award for the Best Student in the ABC Awards Level 6 Diploma in Arboriculture and the Student Achievement Awards at the Corby Business Academy.

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