Professor’s prestigious award

Dr Mark Johnston from Myerscough College.

Dr Mark Johnston from Myerscough College.

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A professor from Myerscough College has become the first person in the UK to receive a prestigious award from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

Dr Mark Johnston a research fellow in arboriculture and urban forestry at the college in Bilsborrow, is this year’s recipient of the ISA’s Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education.

The accolade recognises his work in enhancing the education about cultivation, management, and study of individual trees and plants.

It is Dr Johnston who has developed the college’s Master of Science course in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, the only post-graduate course of its kind in Europe.

He has also played a key part in urban forest initiatives and forest projects across the UK during his more than 40 year career.

He said: “I’m surprised but absolutely delighted to get this recognition specifically for my work in arboricultural education.

“It has been the thirteen years at Myerscough where I have been able to make the most impact.”

Dr Johnston was presented his award in Toronto, Canada, at the ISA’s annual conference.

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