Hertfordshire Portrait: Nicholas Halsey
PUBLISHED: 19:01 12 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:16 20 February 2013
Royal Forestry Society President Nicholas Halsey
The new President of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), Nicholas Halsey, will be a familiar face to many working in forestry and land management.
Nicholas, whose family owns the Gaddesden Estate, Hemel Hempstead, took over as President on October 1, succeeding Anthony Bosanquet whose two-year term of office had come to an end.
He says: We are in an exciting time for forestry after so many years in the doldrums. Public interest has been galvanised by the proposals earlier this year over the Public Forest Estate. The problems of tree diseases and pests, carbon sequestration, and renewable energy are to be seen every week in one newspaper or another, along with many other issues about trees and woodland. The RFS has lots of work to do contributing to the debates on forestry subjects; it is a challenging time for us all.
Nicholas originally trained as a land agent at the Royal Agricultural College, and, as a student woodman on the Crichel Estate in Dorset before working for Savills in London and Chelmsford. Over the years he has served on the Forestry Safety and Training Councils, and the FC Regional Advisory Committee for East England and is currently a member of the CLA Forestry and Woodland Sub-Committee.
Nicholas has also chaired the National Trusts Ashridge Estate Management Committee and sat on the National Trust Thames and Chilterns Regional Committee, the Estates Panel and the Land Use and Access Panel, and was High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1995.
Nicholas is pictured with a billhook when he presented the Excellence in Forestry Schools Award to Pinewood School in Ware earlier this year.