Green award: Forester’s 42 years of work marked

Jonathon Lester (left) receives his award from the Royal Forestry Society's Yorkshire Division chairman David Carter.
Jonathon Lester (left) receives his award from the Royal Forestry Society's Yorkshire Division chairman David Carter.

A forester has been rewarded for 42 years of keeping the Leeds’ greenery well pruned.

Jonathon Lester (pictured left), head forester at Chevin Forest Park, joined Leeds City Council’s parks department forestry team as an apprentice in 1971 and has since spent over four decades managing woodland.

The Otley resident’s award for excellence from the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) comes following a period in which he has led Chevin Forest Park to be named a Centre of Excellence and a Green Flag Award winner three times.

David Carter (pictured right), of RFS’ Yorkshire Division, said: “The specialist knowledge of foresters like Jonathon is vital to ensure that woodlands are well managed and thrive now and for future generations.”