The Royal Scottish Forestry Society

...for those who love the forests, woodlands and trees of Scotland

What we do

The Society is a welcoming, diverse organisation which is focussed on:


With around 20 visits each year to woods and forests, there are always sights to see—from ancient woodland to the most modern forestry practice. Breath-taking scenery, knowledgeable guides, and gracious hosts make these trips deeply rewarding for members from all walks of life.


The Society takes its role in informing people about trees and forestry seriously. Our highly-regarded, full-colour journal, delivered free to members, combines rigorous academic thinking with general topics close to forest-lovers’ hearts. Our website adds many archived articles and news items together with a full calendar of visits, seminars and social events for members.  


We want to hear what our members say and think about forestry topics old and new. Each member has much rich experience to pass on, whether as a scientist, forester or simply as a lover of Scotland’s woodland heritage. Those combined voices can be heard by the wider community—benefitting both the environment and the economy.

Annual study tour schedule 2019

13 May
Dunloskin Forest
13 05 2019 9:00 am

Planning and management of shared timber haul routes; restocking; mountain biking.

13 May

Harvesting and restocking contracts; Community Asset Transfer Scheme; Recreation management.

13 May

Guest Speaker: Jo O’Hara - Head of Forestry Commission Scotland.                                                                      

14 May

Rothesay. Conifer collections; Rebuilding Sawmill; Biomass boiler & wood fuel supply; proposed timber pier.

14 May

Community Land Co. Plans / Organisation.

15 May
Kilmun Forest Garden
15 05 2019 10:00 am

Tree species performance monitoring by Forest Research.

15 May

Trails / specimen conifers

16 May

The opening and exploration of the new Millennial Paths