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PUBLISHED: 16:45 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:45 29 October 2015

Matt has won the award for young entrepeuners

Matt has won the award for young entrepeuners

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An award designed to help young entrepreneurs has this year gone to a Somerset tree surgeon

The Exmoor Society’s prestigious Pinnacle Award has been won by Matthew Sharp from Bicknoller, who set up a business in woodland management with the specific intention of using small equipment.

Fully aware of the damage that can be caused by large machinery, Matt has decided to concentrate on using small machinery that can operate within woodland and other environmentally sensitive areas without disturbing the habitat and the landscape.

His plan for spending the £3,000 prize money is to purchase equipment that will enable him to manoeuvre between trees when extracting and hauling timber.

Chairman of The Exmoor Society, Rachel Thomas, says: “As a conservation body, we want to show that beautiful landscapes and livelihoods can go together. The Society hopes to attract other sponsors to help encourage a diverse range of business opportunities for young people on Exmoor.”

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