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There are seven official members on the BIFSA Committee plus a Staff President to liase between the Society and the School of the Environment and Natural Resources.  If you wish to contact any of them, please email

They are:

Student President:

AndyName: Andy Pickup
Occupation: 3rd year BSc Forestry student
Likes: Cutting down trees (in a sustainable way), eating vegetables, art, chickens, individuality, integrity, mountain walking, log fires, proper pubs, late-summer sunshine.
Dislikes: computers, cars, supermarkets, fashion, people who think cutting down trees is bad, political correctness, vague uninformed eco-waffle…
Most likely to say: Something unintentionally patronising, sarcastic or offensive (especially when drunk).
Favourite quote: ‘Truth is like a vast tree which yields more and more fruit the more you nurture it.’ (M. K. Gandhi)
Favourite tree: Fraxinus excelsior  (ash)


Treasurer:Laura’s Picture

Name: Laura Crook
Occupation: 3rd year BSc student

Likes: Walking, Guiding, cider and newts

Dislikes: Shopping, diggers and jelly
Most likely to say: ‘I’ve got issues’
Favourite quote: “I think therefore I
am….fit” (according to Becca)
Favourite tree: Betula pendula (silver birch)


BadgerName: Anthony ‘Badger’ Pigott
Occupation : 2nd Year BSc Conservation and Forest Ecosystems Student

Likes: Trees, sleeping, burrowing
Dislikes: Terriers, and being poked
Most likely to say: “‘ow much!!”
Favourite quote: “Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together” – Carl Zwanzig.
Favourite tree: Davidia involucrata (handkerchief tree)

Social Secretary:

TomName: Tom Heenan
Occupation: 2nd year BSc Zoology with Conservation
Forests, Travelling, Karate, Surfing

Dislikes: Revision, Being apart from my Hounds, Small-minded People
Most likely to say: ‘HAHAHAHA’ (rather loudly) and ‘No worries’
Favourite quote: ‘Well I’m not your typical stereotype’; my girlfriend Pippa
Favourite tree: Wollemia nobilis (wollemi ‘pine’) or Grevillea robusta (silky oak)

Publicity Officer:

pete-1.jpgName: Pete Wieland
Occupation: 3rd year BSc Forestry student
Likes: Real ale, CCF, Real ale, Semi-natural ancient woodland, Real ale, Hiking, Real ale, Genealogy (yes, more ‘trees’!), Real ale, computers and did I mention Real ale
Dislikes: ‘Eurofizz’ lager, Sitka spruce plantations, Clearfell, statistics, sleeping, bad drivers.
Most likely to say: Any one of hundreds of Monty Python quotes
Least likely to say: “Mine’s a lager”
Favourite quote: ‘There are lies, damned lies and statistics’ – Benjamin Disraeli
Favourite Tree: Quercus maximus Bamber Gascoigni

Volunteering Co-ordinator:

george1.jpgName: George Keays
Occupation: 3rd year BSc Forestry student
Likes: Breakdance, fitness, beer
Dislikes: Alcopops
Most likely to say:
Least likely to say:
Favourite quote:
Favourite Tree: Taxus baccata (yew) or Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)

Independent Officer:

RobName: Rob Parkin
Occupation: MSc Environmental Forestry Student
Likes: Walking, mountains, good beer, trees
Dislikes: Whinging, bad beer, M25, the list goes on..
Most likely to say: ‘It’ll be fine’
Favourite Tree: Dawn Redwood


Staff President:

Name: Tom Jenkins MICFor
Occupation: Distance Learning Programme Director
Forestry interests: Sustainable forest management, mensuration, inventory
Likes: Enthusiastic and capable students, good beer, nice wine, sunshine and forests…
Dislikes: [Thinks, as a “grumpy old man”, where do I start?] Grumpy old men, apathy, alcopops, advocating CCF as a universal panacea, the CSA…
Most likely to say: “Go on then, just the one…”, “Don’t panic, nothing can go wro…”

Least likely to say: “Mine’s the Ferrari…”, “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”
Favourite quote: “…as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know ” (Donald Rumsfeld)
Favourite Tree: Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood)

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