A FORESTRY worker who lives in Sandsend has received a long service award from the Royal Forestry Society (RFS).
Jim Mortlock (56) started work on the nearby Mulgrave Estate as a woodsman when he left Caedmon School in Whitby 40 years ago and is now the estate’s head forester.
His father used to be a policeman and went on to run the Fisherman’s club.
Mr Mortlock trained at Newton Rigg Agricultural College in Penrith and later took a business studies course at York Technical College.
He recently has been developing the woods department of the Mulgrave Estate as a stand-alone commercial operation.
He was presented with his award by RFS president Anthony Bosenquet who said: “Jim has a lifetime of experience and skill which he is using to ensure that the woods on the estate will continue to flourish for future generations.
John Hoyes, Mulgrave Estate’s Resident Agent said: “It is only right that Jim’s long and loyal service to the Estate is recognised. His contribution has been, and continues to be tremendous, and he has been instrumental in developing the business of the Woods Department into a thriving commercial operation.”