The College awarded the Fellowship to Paul in recognition of his work over thirty years in helping to create woodlands, green spaces and planting millions of trees. Over a thirty year period Paul has been involved in projects that have planted in excess of 20 million new trees.
As Director of The Mersey Forest, Paul has presided over a growing network of woodlands and green spaces across Cheshire and Merseyside. Since the organisation began 25 years ago, five new trees have been planted for every person living within the Forest area.
After receiving the fellowship Paul spoke to students graduating at the college:
''I have been extraordinarily fortunate to have worked with some extremely gifted, hardworking and inspirational people. As you start on the next stage of your career, find these people. With others who share your vision you will achieve more than you can imagine. And, as you gain experience and knowledge, building on the foundation you have been given at Myerscough, be one of those inspiring people that gets things done.
''Thank you for this great honour. I've enjoyed working with the College for the last twenty years. It's a privilege to be awarded a Fellowship.
''Being here today is down to lots of people, who have helped to plant literally millions of trees and do the work that we do. Standing here is because of all of the kind words and helping hands I've had over the years.
''As you as students start out in the next phase of your life you'll find people who will support you and you should be open to that support and advice. Don't be an island. Myerscough has given you a great foundation to build your knowledge and skills to excel in your chosen sectors. Be generous in your support for others as you develop your careers – work together to do great things.''