The Royal Scottish Forestry Society

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

AGM 2020 preparations

As you are aware, the unprecedented circumstances of the current pandemic in which we find ourselves has meant that many of the Society’s activities have had to be cancelled or postponed.  One matter that has been postponed as long as we are legally able to, in the hope of being able to hold a face to face meeting, is our Annual General Meeting. 

The trustees have therefore taken the difficult decision to hold the Annual General Meeting via video conference.  Those who are personal members can log in to the website and find the documents here.

RSFS Davidson Bursary to assist forestry career changers

The Royal Scottish Forestry Society and Richard Davidson are delighted to announce the launch of the RSFS Davidson Bursaries. Two new awards are available for students at SRUC Barony campus and the Scottish School of Forestry, Inverness College UHI respectively. 

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Royal Scottish Forestry Society looks to the future despite lockdown uncertainty

Faced with having to cancel its busy programme of field visits, training workshops and an annual study tour, the Royal Scottish Forestry Society has been working on other projects which help support its mission as the leading practical forestry society in Scotland.

Speaking to Scottish Farmer, President Nander Robertson said:

“We are rightly proud of our Society’s heritage; it is what the Society and its members do now that ensures its continuing value to future generations. We aim to preserve the best of the past, support ongoing delivery of education, provide access to practical experience and promote the enjoyment of forests and woodland management.”

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Spring is here and so is Scottish Forestry

The arrival of the latest edition of Scottish Forestry, the journal of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society, is always a welcome diversion and all the more so at the moment.

Fortunately we have been able to produce the journal more or less as normal despite the restrictions we are all living with to respond to Covid-19. In particular, our thanks must go to the editor, Carol Crawford for once again producing a high quality journal with a mix of RSFS news and reports, peer reviewed papers, articles, book reviews and general forestry news. We also wish to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Barr Printers Ltd and Communicate Mailing Ltd who excelled themselves working with skeleton staffs to print and distribute the journal.

In this edition for Spring/Summer 2020, we have reports of: our final ‘Forestry 100’ events; Simon Stuart’s first year as Monitor Woods Manager; and Pro Silva’s 30th Anniversary.

There are two major papers: Worrell, Ruhsam, Renny, Jessop and Findlay cover wild apple ecology (part two of their research), and National Trust for Scotland ecologists Andrew Painting and Shaila Rao describe 20 years of monitoring at Mar Lodge.

Alastair Riddell writes about his Black Wood in Glen Lyon and difficulties in agreeing management for this SSSI. Philip Gordon and Kate Holl discuss their study tour of the Dehesa system of agroforestry in the Iberian peninsula, and how such a system could apply in Scotland.

Reading through the journal gives us a chance to escape virtually to the woods, to be informed and educated and to reflect on times spent with others who share our love of Scotland’s forests and trees.

We are aware that some readers may not see their copy of the journal because it is delivered to somewhere different to where they are now confined. A pdf version is now available in the members’ area of the website, in the Journal Archive section. If you need help accessing this, please contact George Moore This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RSFS cancels events in response to Covid-19

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 on this website.