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.


Winter 2019 cover wooded landscape Forestry 100

Scottish Forestry journal celebrates 100 years of state forestry

As 2019 draws to a close, our journal Scottish Forestry rounds off the year with a bumper edition.  Marking 100 years of state forestry, it explains the role of the Society in the formation of the Forestry Commission from the years leading up to 1919 and then tracing milestones at 25 year intervals through past issues of Scottish Forestry. 

Retired Forestry Commissioner George Stewart, who fittingly turned 100 earlier in December, pens a farewell to the Forestry Commission.  His story is told in previous journals and is now available as a video interview here.

We look forward also with articles on the skills shortage in the forestry sector and a vision for the forests themselves.  An analysis of public perceptions in relation to government objecitves provides an important part of the evidence base for the future of state forestry in Scotland.

2019 was a year in which our field trips and annual study tour focussed on the centenary theme and the reports and photographs bring back memories of a busy and informative programme.