RSFS

 The Royal Scottish Forestry Society

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

Journal archive on-line (update 3)

All editions of the Journal from volume 44 (1987) to date are now available.  From 1st July 2019 the final batch in this series, Volumes 51 to 54 are now online (1997 to 2000) in the members area of the website.  If you are a RSFS member and do not have access to the members area please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All paid up members of the Society are entitled to access the members area.

From 14th April 2019 Volumes 47 to 50 are now online (1993 to 1996) in the members area of the website.  If you are a RSFS member and do not have access to the members area please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All paid up members of the Society are entitled to access the members area.

From 20th March 2019 Volumes 42 to 46 are now online (1988 to 1992) in the members area of the website.  If you are a RSFS member and do not have access to the members area please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All paid up members of the Society are entitled to access the members area.

From Saturday 2nd March 2019 all editions of the journal from 2001 onwards (except 2017 01 Spring edition) are now available from the Journal Archive menu in the Members area of the website.  This is a fantastic resource for Members and we are working towards making all editions available from 1947 (volume 1) to date through this portal.  It is a significant undertaking and will take a little time to complete.  Once complete, the second phase will be to make the contents pages publicly available.

Non-members of the Society can request specific articles from back issues via the Editor for a modest fee.

Cashel name change

With effect from 1st April 2019, the RSFS Forest Trust Company, a subsidiary of RSFS which owns Cashel Farm on Loch Lomond-side, changed its name to Cashel Forest Trust.  There were a number of drivers for this change, but the main reasons were that this is a name commonly used for the Trust, it more properly represents their purpose and improves perceptions of it as a charity.

Journal archive on-line (update)

From 20th March 2019 Volumes 42 to 46 are now online (1988 to 1992) in the members area of the website.  If you are a RSFS member and do not have access to the members area please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All paid up members of the Society are entitled to access the members area.

From Saturday 2nd March 2019 all editions of the journal from 2001 onwards (except 2017 01 Spring edition) are now available from the Journal Archive menu in the Members area of the website.  This is a fantastic resource for Members and we are working towards making all editions available from 1947 (volume 1) to date through this portal.  It is a significant undertaking and will take a little time to complete.  Once complete, the second phase will be to make the contents pages publicly available.

Non-member of the Society can request specific articles from back issues via the Editor for a modest fee.

Cashel website revamp

The Cashel website has been revamped and relaunched.  We are still working on some areas of content.  If you would like to contribute your knowledge of the local wildlife and the tree species at Cashel, please contact us.

Spring edition Scottish Forestry 2019

I really don't know where the time is going; it seems like last week I was telling you about the winter edition and here we are with the all new Spring edition of Scottish Forestry droping through your letter boxes next week!

All the very best

James Hepburne Scott

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Manager for RSFS Monitor Woods Scheme appointed

Simon Stuart MICFor has been awarded the contract as Manager of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society’s Monitor Woods Scheme.  Simon will use his extensive forestry and environmental knowledge and facilitation skills gained during his career to date in both temperate and tropical forestry to plan, lead and execute a development strategy to promote the adoption of the Monitor Wood Scheme across Scotland’s forest sector; State, Private and Voluntary, with visits to assess and recruit suitable Monitor Woods.

Funded by Forestry Commission Scotland, the Monitor Woods Scheme and its data management programme ‘Canopy’ are designed to provide a unique research and learning resource across the forestry sector and for the wider public. The principle objective is to facilitate access to good practice in forestry and to encourage more and better managed woods to deliver an optimum range of multiple benefits for public and private good.  

Monitor Woods will address the question of ‘what are the issues and what are the options ?’  The key information about each site will accessible via Canopy, a data management programme specially developed for Monitor Woods. At each visit, the management options and the outcomes of any actions or inactions will be reviewed, discussed and captured within Canopy.  Re-visiting the sites regularly, combined with ready access to the records of previous visits and discussions will, over time, generate a unique learning and research resource. Lessons learned from current commercial conifer woodland management and the use of diverse species will be important components of the scheme.  But it will also showcase innovative approaches as well as woods with a long tradition of management.  Monitor Woods may include examples of the establishment of long-lived protection woods, the management of young native woodlands, a stand of pole stage Douglas fir, an ancient woodland, a middle-aged stand of mixed species or the conversion of neglected woodland to continuous cover.  More details can be found here

Simon will also be responsible for data management, ensuring appropriate dissemination of information and learning, through provision and maintenanceof Canopy, the scheme’s publicly accessible online data resource.

Simon can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reflections on a new year from James Hepburne Scott

RSFS President, James Hepburne Scott reflects on 2018 and looks forward to an exciting programme for 2019

Full article Here