Royal Scottish Forestry Society

How to support RSFS

Since 1854, the Royal Scottish Forestry Society has been supporting the education of foresters and others who love our woods.  Here are some ways you can help, or contact our corporate office to speak to someone about making a donation or the difference you would like your gift or support to make.

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Donate to RSFS

A donation to RSFS will support our work in educating and informing all those who love trees and will contribute to the long term sustainability of our woodlands. We promote learning at visits, events, lectures and our annnual excursion as well as through our publication Scottish Forestry and newer digital platforms.  Examples of what you can achieve include:

  • £5 will host our website for a month;
  • £25 would allow us to support a student with a year's free subscription to the Society;
  • £250 meets the hosting cost of the entire back catalogue of Scottish Forestry for a year;
  • £750 would meet one tenth of the cost of an edition of our journal Scottish Forestry;

The RSFS has several very large scale programmes for which larger, or indeed larger numbers of smaller, donations are most welcome. 

Make a donation to RSFS

Volunteer with us

Like most charities, the RSFS depends on the support of people who volunteer for various roles or take on particular tasks.  Taking on a voluntary role is satisfying in its own right and can provide a range of experience and contribute to professional development.

We have a Board of Trustees and our regional committees have a key role in organising local events.  We welcome offers to host visits to forests or provide a short presentation themed round a topic suitable for a visit. 

We also may be able to make use of volunteers who are able to help with functional tasks such organising our archive of publications and images, doing production work on videos, etc.

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Leave a legacy

Saying a final goodbye is never easy. But if your final goodbye can make such a big difference for many families and communities in need, it will have a positive impact you can be proud of.

One of the vital ways you can help support our work is by choosing to include a gift in your will. We understand that when it comes to your will, you’ll want to remember friends and family first, but you can also remember causes close to you, like RSFS.  Leaving a charitable legacy to the RSFS in your will is a lasting memorial to someone who had a special link with Scotland’s trees and forests.  

Legacies to registered charities are exempt from inheritance tax. In certain circumstances, especially with larger estates, a charitable bequest can be a useful way to reduce the payment of inheritance tax on some or all of your estate.  RSFS would be delighted to receive monetary gifts or investments portfolios.  If you do include us in your Will, it would be great if you could let us know.

Become a member

We invite everyone with an interest in forestry, woodland or trees to become a member of RSFS. 

Membership is the lifeblood of any Society and RSFS is no different; the Society is the sum of the contributions of its members. Over the past five years we have been working to reinvigorate our membership, improve participation and return to our educational roots.  

Whether an individual member or if you are employed by one of our corporate members you can enjoy everything that the Society has to offer, many of which are eligible as CPD, from our journal Scottish Forestry (hardcopy or online), attending a Field Day or being in receipt of one of our Bursaries.  Over the next five years we aim to enhance our involvement in education in the sector.

More about membership can be found on the Being a member pages or click the button below to join.


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The Royal Scottish Forestry Society was instituted in 1854. We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in Scotland, charity registration number SC002058.

Our registered office is Unit 1, Pentland Industrial Estate, Loanhead, Edinburgh, EH20 9QH.  All correspondence should be sent to RSFS, 2 Walker Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7LA.

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