Imperial Service Medal award


Betsy (front right) receives her Imperial Service Medal from Head of Forestry Commission Scotland, Jo O'Hara


Mrs Betsy Walling, of Strathpeffer, has been presented with the Imperial Service Medal (Friday 25 August) by the Head of Forestry Commission Scotland, Jo O’Hara.

Betsy, who retired in December 2016, has 37 years of service with the Forestry Commission under her belt.

Starting with the Commission in 1979, Betsy had worked for the Commission’s teams in Fort Augustus, Inverness and latterly with the Highlands and Islands Conservancy team based in Dingwall.

A Gaelic-speaking native of Skye, she was a sounding board in the development of the FC’s Gaelic Language Plan, recorded the only Gaelic interview as part of the” Touchwood Project” and has been a touchstone for all things Gaelic for her colleagues.

Amongst her varied posts within the FC, Betsy has been the Secretary of the National Forest land Scheme panel and became something of an expert in EIA applications and Forest Plans. 

Betsy, an involved and active community and charity fundraiser, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to Forestry.

The Imperial Service Medal (ISM) marks a minimum of 25 years’ service in the Civil Service and is awarded in recognition of meritorious service.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.