Tree Sparks interviews Sarah, a Forestry student from Bangor University in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019.

What do you study?

I study MFor Forestry and I’m in my 3rd year at Bangor University.

Why forestry?

I chose forestry because I have a passion for trees and the outdoors as the largest living organisms and a major key component to life.

Favourite Tree?

Favourite tree would be a willow as they are diverse, adaptable and can be very multi used.

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

Biggest challenge facing forestry today I feel is a strong lacking in education. Children don’t study forestry in school, which leaves a massive knowledge gap in one of the largest functioning ecosystems in the world.

What next?

When I graduate I would like to contribute to increasing the forest cover globally with out impacting the livelihoods of farmers or local communities through agroforestry and urban forestry researched methods to benefit both.

Advice for future female foresters?

Advice for a woman pursuing a career in forestry would be to just go for it as if it were any other job, if you are passionate about what you care about then dive on in, work hard and above all else enjoy what you do.