Tree Sparks interviews Georgia, a Woodland Ecology student from the National School of Forestry (UoC) in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019.

What do you study?

Woodland Ecology and Conservation, second year, University of Cumbria.

Why forestry?

I have always had a deep connection to nature, especially trees! I grew up in urban Manchester and had no idea pursuing a degree revolving around trees was possible, it’s really wonderful to learn in a green environment.

Favourite Tree?

My favourite tree is Yew (Taxus baccata)

What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing forestry today?

In one word – Deforestation!

What next?

After I graduate I hope to contribute to the protection and conservation of our ecosystems and spread awareness about climate change, plus plant a lot of trees!

Advice for future female foresters?

Do it! Don’t be put off by societal constructs such as forestry being a male orientated industry.