The Royal Scottish Forestry Society

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

RSFS COVID-19 update

Check here for updates  All upcoming RSFS events cancelled

In line with government guidance on Covid-19, we have decided to cancel all Royal Scottish Forestry Society events from now to the end of July.  Like many other bodies, we are taking this action to stop unnecessary travel and to protect both vulnerable people and the wider population.

This applies to regional field days, the annual study tour and training workshops.  We are grateful to the many woodland owners and managers who offered to host events for RSFS.  We hope these postponed events can be reinstated once circumstances allow.  We will contiune to follow government advice and provide updates here.


Douglas fir

The Douglas Fir is one of our most magnificent conifers. A native of the West coast of North America, it was discovered by Archibald Menzies in 1791, and was introduced here by the great David Douglas in 1827.

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Gammel Sitka Spruce

Honorary Vice President John Keenlyside submitted this article, after reading the report on the Annual Excursion 2015 in Scottish Forestry.

This is the picture that appeared in the journal. Ken Ellis (L) & George Moore (R)

Drumtochty Glen 15


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In Scotland you will commonly see three types of larch trees, the European (Larix decidua) introduced in about 1620, the Japanese (Larix kaempferi) introduced in about 1861 and the Hybrid (Larix *eurolepis).

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The rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) occurs throughout Scotland especially at higher altitudes, often on cliffs or steep gullies to try to escape the grazing of sheep or deer.

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Sitka spruce

This fine species of the Spruce genus was first introduced into Britain by David Douglas, in 1831, who sent it home from America and named it in honour of one of his predecessors as a pioneer in the American woods, Archibald Menzies.

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