About Us

The RFS is one of the largest woodland educational charities in the UK. Founded in 1882, the RFS promotes the wise management of trees and woodlands so that they can be better protected, improved and expanded.

Our educational activities include:

  • Up to 100 field meetings a year in mainly private woodlands and forests across the country, which are not normally accessible by the public, at which different aspects of woodland management are discussed and explored. These meetings are excellent opportunities to share and widen knowledge for anybody with an interest in the management of trees and woodlands. They are attended by people from all walks of life, from forestry professionals to interested amateurs.
  • Lectures and seminars up and down the country, many held in the evening and providing another excellent opportunity to network and enjoy the company of like-minded people.
  • The Quarterly Journal of Forestry (QJF), a highly respected journal which includes both research-led and observational articles on a wide range of topics of interest to RFS members.
  • Promotion of good practice in woodland and forestry management through the RFS Excellence in Forestry competition.
  • Support for students undertaking forestry and arboriculture courses in higher and further education colleges through bursaries and awards and support for arboriculture and woodland management vocational qualifications.
  • Demonstrating wise management of woodlands at the RFS woodlands located at Hockeridge and Pancake (Chilterns), Battram (Leicestershire) and Leighton (Powys).

The RFS is a membership-based charity which depends on membership subscriptions to fund its work.

Our members include woodland owners, managers, arboriculturists, foresters, ecologists, conservationists, students and interested amateurs. There are many opportunities for RFS members to get involved, learn, network, socialise and visit woods with people who are also interested to know more about the management of trees and woodlands and to support our wider educational activities.

Visit our Get involved and Learning sections to find out more.

To become a member, please:


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