Rural estates worker honoured for service to the county

Nicholas Halsey, from the Royal Forestry Society, presents Steve Bridges with his long service award.

Nicholas Halsey, from the Royal Forestry Society, presents Steve Bridges with his long service award.

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A member of the county’s rural estates team has received an award for his long service in forestry.

Steve Bridges, countryside works supervisor, has worked for 45 years in the rural estates unit at Hertfordshire County Council and was presented with a Long Term Service award by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS). The award which is offered to hands-on woodmen, contractors or foresters, is the RFS’s way of publicly recognising and thanking those who have worked with skill and dedication to shape our woodlands for over 30 years.

Steve said: “It’s an honour to be recognised and receive this award from the Royal Forestry Society.”

The rural estates unit manages around 11,000 acres of county council owned land made up of farms, rural businesses, woodland and recreation sites. The work carried out by their countryside works team includes tree inspections, felling and dead wooding, weed control and grass cutting. These activities help to create a safe, accessible and ecological rich countryside for the public to enjoy.

Derrick Ashley, cabinet member for environment said: “Steve has been a committed member of the rural estates team and he has been involved in many successes that have benefited the environment and local residents. We are delighted that all his hard work has been recognised by the Royal Forestry Society.”