The Royal Forestry Society (RFS)

The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is the largest and longest established educational charity promoting the wise management of trees and woods in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We are very pleased to be able to highlight their work.  Their members represent a wide pool of knowledge, from woodland owners and foresters to enthusiasts for good woodland management.  Learning is based on a long history of evidence based enquiry, informed experimentation, and willingness to share expertise freely.

RFS are particularly good in understanding that woodland owners have different objectives and priorities.  For all though, managed woodland is more resilient to environmental change, pests and disease, and better able to deliver multiple benefits to the economy, environment and society.  They continue to be an excellent source of practical information.

The Tree Conference would highly recommend joining the RFS particularly because of the value of their Quarterly Journal which provides very well informed up to date articles on a diverse range of woodland management and because their network of members is fascinating.

The RFS has divisions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  To join or find out more go to or email

The RFS also hosts the Careers Guide for the forestry sector.  They are deeply committed to training and accrediting courses to support working with trees.  Checkout what four inspiring young foresters have to say about their careers

RFS spokesperson says:

“We aim to inspire passion and excellence in woodland management and believe bringing neglected woods back into management and sharing knowledge on how to manage all woods to a high standard is vital to the long-term health of our woods and trees.

Our policies identify what is required to ensure our woodlands, new and old, deliver their full economic, environmental and public benefits. One day courses, conferences lectures, meetings and field trips help us share knowledge. We welcome new members.”

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