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Sector skills council award in recognition of commitment to training

“Estate Manager’s Delight at Top Award

An Estate Manager from Corrour Estate near Fort William has been honoured for his commitment to training and development within the Game and Wildlife industry.

Niall Rowantree, was presented with the award by Fergus Ewing MSP on behalf of Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land based sector

With over 23 years experience within the Game and Wildlife industry, Niall is the latest trailblazer to receive the accolade. He was selected for his commitment and in particular his efforts in enabling and encouraging others to learn and to train.

The Estate currently employs 12 staff, which includes 2 students from North Highland College and is widely respected for work towards sustainable land management.

Niall is also involved with the innovative Land-Based Curriculum for Schools project, which sees two pupils one from Kinlochleven High School and one from Lochaber High School visiting the estate for practical work experience once a week.

Niall said of his award: “I am delighted to receive this award. I am very committed to training and believe that young people are our lifeblood. I am very grateful for any small part I can play.”

“The family behind the Estate and all of the trustees are very, very supportive of our team. They have put a huge commitment into the Estate and into the local area.”

Upon presenting the award, Mr Ewing MSP said: “I am delighted to be here tonight to present this award to Niall Rowantree for his continued commitment to training and development within the Game and Wildlife industry.”

Prior to his current appointment at Corrour, Niall was Chief Ranger for Forestry Commission Scotland in Cowal and the Trosschs. He has a particular interest in the sustainable management of deer and the implementation of best practice and has worked in various locations around the world. In his role of Vice Chair of the Lantra Game and Wildlife Industry Group, whose members include representatives from the Deer Commission Scotland, Scottish Gamekeepers Association and employers from other UK Estates.

Chris Mitchell

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