The Royal Scottish Forestry Society

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Winter edition of Scottish Forestry now with members & available to buy

As 2020 draws to a close, the Winter edition of our journal Scottish Forestry brings its characteristic mix of papers and articles covering the broad spectrum of forestry in Scotland and beyond. We are grateful to all those involved in the process whose hard work and flexibility has allowed us to produce the 2020 journals as planned.

The journal records RSFS activities in the year. In Society News, Nander Robertson pens his last piece as President and there is a report of the online AGM. Autumn field meetings were postponed anew; the Region's pages again have interesting content and photos, more than reports.

As usual in the winter edition, there are more book reviews to give Christmas present ideas, six this time. And two new RSFS publications would also make great gifts. For the first time, non members can buy the journal from our website Shop.

Looking further afield, the major report is by Mick Drury, summarising his study tour of forest conservation in British Columbia, illustrated by fantastic photographs, including this edition’s cover.

The peer-reviewed paper, by Dr Ian Willoughby et al. of Forest Research, reports on direct-seeding experiments on two lowland PAWS sites.

In the articles, Gavin Johnston’s investigation of local shelterbelts, during the spring lockdown, is enlivened by his own artworks; Matt Ritchie, FLS archaeologist, describes the production of a series of booklets exploring ‘deep time’ in our woods; and Mandy Haggith of UHI celebrates ‘the culture in silviculture’ – their 'A-B-Tree' project.

Next year, to mark Volume 75, there will be four editions of Scottish Forestry in 2021. Something to look forward to after the ups and downs of 2020.


Autumn is in the air and there is mist on the cover of Scottish Forestry

The Covid-19 outbreak influenced the completion of the last edition, with the country entering lockdown and RSFS meetings postponed. Here we are emerging from lockdown, reflecting on impacts, thinking of the last world wars and the value of art, and continuing to look back on 100 years of state forestry in Scotland.

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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.

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