Screen shot of storm map
Screen shot of storm map

Storm Arwen – Woodland Managers asked to add site information to remote sensing data

A new Storm Arwen Mapping tool, developed by Forest Research and Scottish Forestry, is providing invaluable data on the impact of the storm. The polygons have been derived from machine learning and need to be confirmed. In order to develop a more accurate assessment of the volumes and species involved in the windblow, woodland managers on the affected properties are requested to share information on breakdown of species.  Information is being gathered through a dedicated citizen science portal and an associated application. 

For those interested in the science behind this application of remote sensing, it was coincidentally the subject of a Forest Research seminar on10th December. It is available on Vimeo for 30 days and the Storm Arwen item occurs from about 26 minutes to 29 minutes.

Scottish Forestry is working with Confor and Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) to fully assess the impact that Storm Arwen has had on the country’s forests and woodlands. This news release was issued on 14th December. Keep an eye on the Scottish Forestry website and social media for updates. Scottish Forestry has already deployed its staffing resource to the areas most affected and have acted to simplify the paperwork and fast track Felling Permissions and Forest Management Plans for areas affected by windblow. Details here.

The Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA) has also produced guidance on working in area of windblown and dangerous conditions where the operator needs to be trained and competent (with experience working in windblow).


QGC image HM the Queen

The Queen and The Prince of Wales “Plant a tree for the Jubilee” at Balmoral

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will mark the start of the official planting season for The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) at the Balmoral Estate on Friday, 1st October 2021.

Working with the Royal Forestry Society, and the Royal Scottish Forestry Society, a special jubilee of the Junior Forester Award has been created for the Jubilee year, which will be made available to schools nationwide.

The QGC is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, who is Patron of the QGC, will plant a copper beech tree at the Balmoral Estate’s historic cricket pavilion, joined by schoolchildren from nearby Crathie Primary School.

The event marks the unveiling of the QGC’s education programme which seeks to inspire young people as the future custodians of the UK’s green spaces, forests and woodlands. With its partners, the QGC has created a programme to encourage schools to participate in tree planting to support the environment and celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

The children from Crathie Primary School will be the first participants in The Queen’s Green Canopy Junior Forester Award, which aims to inspire knowledge of the benefit of trees and equip young people with the practical ability to assist in woodland management in their schools and local communities.

To access The Queen’s Green Canopy Junior Forester Award please visit RFS Junior Forester Award

In addition, the QGC is encouraging all schools to get involved in planting Jubilee trees, with free tree packs available through our partners the Woodland Trust and The Conservation Volunteers.

From 1st October all Jubilee trees can be added to the QGC Map, which will create a digital record of the green canopy of tree planting projects across the country. 

The QGC encourages everyone to plant trees as a simple, natural solution to climate change, cleaner air, habitat for wildlife and enhancement to health and wellbeing. We hope you will get involved and ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’

Carol Crawford and Gavin Mcgregor

RSFS welcomes a new editor for its journal Scottish Forestry

We are delighted to announce that Gavin McGregor has been appointed as the editor of our journal Scottish Forestry. This year we are marking the 75th anniversary of the journal and Gavin will be the 12th editor. He takes over from Carol Crawford who has been editor since 2006. They are pictured together during the Annual Study Tour visit to Seafield Estates.

Carol is planning to spend more time developing her art practice. In recognition of her work as the editor and her contribution to the RSFS, President Simon MacGillivray presented her with two multi-lustre ceramic vases at the Society’s Annual Dinner.

Gavin McGregor comes to us with a background in both journalism and conservation management. On taking up the role of editor, Gavin said:

'After a number of years working in the food and conservation worlds, I hang up my chainsaw and boots and take up the editor’s chair with excitement and humility.

Excitement at facilitating the exchange of knowledge through a journal with such rich history in service of a sector so central to the economy, ecology and culture of Scotland, where my personal and family history stretches from Fife to the Hebrides.

Humility in stepping into the shoes of Carol Crawford, who steered Scottish Forestry through its 75-year milestone, and in acknowledging members’ expertise, commitment and graft in the face of challenges ranging from climate uncertainty to post-Brexit trade. 

I hope to contribute by continuing to make Scottish Forestry a lively, essential forum for the forestry community to connect, learn, debate and progress, and I look forward to opportunities to meet you and to hearing your wishes for the future of the journal.'

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Scottish Forestry digital edition

RSFS members can read their edition of Scottish Forestry as a digital edition.  Login, go to activities and select "Scottish Forestry Online" from the left hand menu.  Then click on the button for the edition you wish to read.  This is a new facility we are offering; the digital edition is optimised for iPads and other makes of tablet.  To access the menu, you must be logged in.  If a long-standing member, you would have been sent login credentials in March 2020; more recent members would receive their login credentials on sign-up.  Get in touch if you want them refreshed.

Treeplanting across the UK to benefit from Trainhugger Grants - Cashel
Treeplanting across the UK to benefit from Trainhugger Grants - Cashel

Trainhugger grants: a new platform for woodland owners

An innovative project to help in the fight against rapid climate change has been launched by new train ticket search and booking service Trainhugger in association with the woodland sector’s leading educational charities the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS).  

The scheme will provide woodland grants and focuses on planting or improving woodland under the expert care of RFS and RSFS members, meaning train travellers can be sure that for every booking made through Trainhugger new trees will be planted across the UK to flourish for decades and centuries to come.

At least 80,000 trees will be planted in an initial pilot of the Trainhugger Grants for Resilient Woodlands and Treescapes with hundreds of thousands more planned in an ongoing multi-year partnership. 

The pilot scheme opened for applications on 24th May. For more details, including how to apply, go to

To apply for the grants, woodland owners must be RFS or RSFS members and must be able to demonstrate that the species they are choosing, or the planting methods they are employing, will maximise the woodland’s survival for the future. Restock and small woodland schemes, which do not currently always qualify for traditional government grants, will be considered alongside new woodland creation.

RFS Development Manager Jen Turner said: “This truly is a pioneering project. We are all looking to a time when it is safe to travel again, but the lockdowns have made many of us more aware than ever of opportunities to cut our climate impact and improve local air quality. Trainhugger delivers so many benefits in these areas.

“Ticket prices are the same price as competitors, yet every booking made through Trainhugger means a tree will be planted through the RFS and RSFS and managed expertly for the future, helping meet government climate change aims. Train travel also produces significantly less CO2 than traditional car travel so this is a win-win for conscientious travellers, the environment and for those planting resilient woodland.”

RSFS President Simon MacGillivray said: “One of the positives from this past year has been a growing awareness of the benefits of our forests and green spaces. We’ve seen a huge desire from people to plant more trees. Through this partnership with our members and those of RFS, this initiative by Trainhugger allows everyone who travels by train a chance to be part of creating a new generation of woodlands.”

Trainhugger’s Director of Sustainability Nellie de Goguel says “We’re excited to harness the power of sustainable public transport to plant a network of healthy, resilient woodlands across the UK. Almost two billion train trips were taken in 2019. If less than one percent of those trips were purchased through Trainhugger, we could plant millions of trees in one year.”

“It’s actually a really simple idea, but we believe it can make a huge difference,” adds Trainhugger CEO and founder Ed Caldecott. “We want to make sure that every Trainhugger tree that goes into the soil is climate resilient and planted in the best place possible, and that’s why we have teamed up with the experts at the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS).

Under the pilot project, RFS and RSFS members will be able to apply for grants worth 50p per tree planted, with decisions made on applications within six weeks. Grant applications will open on 24 May. A free webinar is being held for RFS and RSFS members on 24 May to explain how to apply for tree-planting grants. Tree planting will begin during the 2021-2021 planting season and be completed by 2023 at the latest.

Jen Turner added: “We are also thrilled that they are planting their first trees in RFS Hockeridge and Pancake Woods which will become a focus for research and education and help us to share knowledge and experiences further.”

More on the grants and application here.

Or watch RFS and Trainhugger partnership on YouTube here.

Contact: Wendy Necar, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01789 841425 / 07973 523168
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RSFS Simon MacGillivray 07768 925591 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to Editors

The Royal Forestry Society
1. 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.
2. The RFS aims to inspire passion and excellence in woodland management. We do this through education and knowledge-sharing.
3. The RFS believes bringing neglected woods back into management and sharing knowledge on how to manage 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 woods deliver their full economic, environmental and public benefits.
4. RFS publications and reports can be found at
5. For information go to Follow us: TwitterFacebook :Instagram

The Royal Scottish Forestry Society
1. The Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS) was founded 1854 and is charged with the education of foresters and the advancement of forestry in all its branches. The Society is a registered charity in Scotland, registration number SC002058 and is constituted as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
2. RSFS promotes education and training in the sound management of trees and woodlands through its membership, publications, field events, monitor woods scheme, educational bursaries and prizes.
3. The Society’s journal “Scottish Forestry”, now in volume 75, seeks to disseminate original research and technical innovation that will enhance the creation of diverse woodlands, encourage their management for multiple benefits and ensure the wide enjoyment of Scotland’s woodland environment by all.
4. RSFS encourages and supports the use of Scotland’s woodlands and timber in new, innovative and beautiful ways.
For information go to Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

1. Trainhugger is a new train ticketing app and website. For every journey booked, Trainhugger plants a tree in the UK with the help of the Royal Forestry Society and its members. Trainhugger tickets are the same price as competitors and you can find all the same journeys.
2. Trainhugger’s mission is to help plant millions of healthy, resilient trees in the UK, promote sustainable travel and tourism and contribute to a national sustainable forestry sector.
3. More at