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Quarterly Journal of Forestry

The Quarterly Journal of Forestry  (QJF) enjoys a world-wide circulation with subscribers from many different countries; all RFS members receive it too (details below).

As a regular reader said recently:

“What I really like about the wide range of articles in the QJF is they are at a level which offers something for everyone and which does not lose the amateur reader nor insult the professional one”.

Each year the RFS awards the James Cup for the best article as judged by a panel of members. The winning articles can be downloaded from the resources section of this page.

View the full contents list of recent issues of the QJF using the drop down navigation menu at the bottom of this page. To access this content you must be an RFS member. Members can search for QJF articles by topic, author and key word for all QJFs published since 1986, and download full issues here


Publisher’s information:

The QJF Commissioning Editor is Dr Freia Bladon, who can be contacted on 

Guidelines for authors can be found here.

Guidelines for QJF Division Activity Reports can be found here.

The QJF is free to RFS members, available to non-members in the UK for £125 per annum and elsewhere at £240 per annum. Why not join us to receive the QJF free. For enquiries about advertising and non-member/library subscriptions, please contact the publisher:

Geerings Print Limited, Cobbs Wood House, Chart Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1EP
tel: 01233 633366

April 2018

April 2018 Vol 112 No.2

Front Cover
January 2018
October 2017

October 2017 Vol 111 No.4

July 2017

July 2017 Vol 111 No.3

April 2017

April 2017 Vol 111 No.2

January 2017
October 2016

October 2016 Vol110 No.4

Oct 2016 Cover
July 2016

July 2016 Vol110 No.3

July 2016 Cover
April 2016

April 2016 Vol110 No.2

April 2016 Front Cover
January 2016
October 2015

October 2015 Vol 109 No.4

July 2015

QJF July 2015 Vol 109 No.3

April 2015
January 2015

QJF Jan 2015, Vol. 109, No.4

October 2014

QJF October 2014 Vol 108 No.4

  • Ash dieback and loss of biodiversity Can management make broadleaved woodlands more resilient? Alice Broome, Ruth Mitchell, Ralph Harmer evaluate the practical measures that might be taken to maintain biodiversity if we lose significant numbers of ash trees from our woodlands.
  • RFS Whole Society Meeting Yorkshire 2014 Lesley Trotter reports on this years Royal Forestry Society, Whole Society event in Yorkshire.  
  • Innovative Structural Systems in Timber In an article based on his presentation at the 'Building in Wood' conference, Professor Richard Harris examines the background to new types of engineered timber structure being built in the UK and presents examples.
  • Managing Epiphytic Diversity in British Woodlands A Scenarios Toolkit; Christopher Ellis, Sally Eaton and Marios Theodoropoulos describe a new scenario-based toolkit designed to help maintain the range of epiphytes in our woodlands.
  • RFS Joins the UK National Tree Seed Project by
  • Developing Urban Forestry in Ethiopia Christopher Suthers recently returned from Ethiopia where he gave a tutorial workshop on urban forestry to university students.
  • The RFS in 1914 Simon Lloyd takes a look at how the outbreak of the First World War affected the Society.
July 2014

April 2014

QJF Apr 2014, Vol. 108, No. 2

January 2014

QJF Jan 2014, Vol. 108, No. 1

  • Results of a species trial of cold tolerant eucalypts in south west England A trial of six cold-tolerant eucalypt species, planted in 1981near Exeter in south west England, was assessed in 2010for height, diameter at breast height and survival.
  • Growing Good Oak In last year’s RFS Excellence in Forestry competition the judges hadno hesitation in awarding first place in the silviculture category to theWhitbourne Estate. Here owner Bill Evans explains how he isattempting to sustain the estate’s magnificent oak plantations forfuture timber production.
  • Managing Woodlands for Wildlife Jacqueline Weir describes how woodland management can benefitwildlife as well as local economies, and how this has beensuccessfully combined in the East Midlands.
  • Oak breeding in the Netherlands Members of the Future Trees Trust visited the Netherlands in May2013 to see the results of a long history of selection and breeding offine oaks for timber. Jo Clark and John Fennessy report on theirvisit.
  • SilviFuture Gabriel Hemery, Richard Jinks, Simon Lloyd, Jez Ralph andJohn Weir explain the concept behind an online network promotingand sharing knowledge about novel forest species, and encouragewoodland owners to get involved.
  • Urban Forests and Political Ecologies Tim Hall reports back on the recent urban forestry conference at theUniversity of Toronto, Canada, and gives his impression of urbanforests in the city.
  • The Woodland Market in England & Wales in 2013 Christopher Hughes of John Clegg & Co gives an overview ofwoodland sales last year.
  • England and Wales Timber Market Report for 2013 Oliver Combe of Timber Auctions provides a roundup of the stateof the timber market in 2013 and considers the outlook.
  • Worcestershire Division French Study Tour Members of the Society’s Worcestershire Division visited France lastsummer. Here are some of the highlights of their trip.
October 2013

QJF Oct 2013, Vol. 107, No. 4

  • Colonising rowan saplings escape from winter sheep grazing Seasonal regimes of sheep grazing were experimentally imposed on moorland thatadjoined a strip of riverside woodland in Derbyshire. It was found that protection fromgrazing from April to September allowed rowan colonisation, but the saplings werethen severely grazed down in the next six-month winter periods. Many saplingsrecovered in the following six months free from grazing, and 14 years after the start ofthe experiment some reached sufficient size in summer to escape from leader damagein the next winter. The minimum height observed for this was 50cm, and no saplingstaller than 1m suffered winter leader loss.
  • ADOPTION OF ALTERNATIVE SILVICULTURAL SYSTEMS IN GREAT BRITAIN: A REVIEW Scott McG. Wilson reports on an independent review, using illustrated casestudies to examine the record of adoption of alternative silvicultural systems inBritain over recent years.
  • THE BRITISH DOMESTIC FIREWOOD SUPPLY CHAIN Daniel Kinash, James Walmsley and Gabriel Hemery report on a nationalsurvey of the domestic firewood supply chain undertaken during 2012.
  • RFS EXCELLENCE IN FORESTRY COMPETITION 2013 Judges Tim Sawyer and Rob Guest report on this year’s competition entries.
  • RFS WHOLE SOCIETY MEETING 2013 SOMERSET & DORSET Lesley Trotter reports on the Society’s 2013 visit organised by the Somersetand Dorset Division.
  • October 2013 by RFS
July 2013

QJF Jul 2013, Vol. 107, No. 3

  • The exceptional yew trees of England, Scotland and Wales While English yew Taxus baccata L. has become extinct or rare in many parts ofEurope, Britain contains a large population of very large and old yew. We analysed2,760 records of live yew trees to document this unique population and categorise bygirth: 717 Veteran (5-6.99m), 204 Ancient (7-8.99m) and 55 Exceptional (≥9m) yewtrees. Individual trees are mapped, and both areas and habitats of the highestproportions are detailed. The loss of 223 notable trees from churchyards highlights aneed for better safeguarding a unique habitat of the world’s largest yew trees.
  • Acoustic velocity measurements of oak – do these assist in detecting shaken stems? A possible means of estimating vessel sizes quickly and accurately in oak trees wouldbe a great asset to tree breeders. Trees with large earlywood vessels could then beremoved from breeding programmes as their progeny would be predisposed to aserious defect, shake (especially on traditionally shake-prone sites). This study aimedto determine whether measurements of acoustic velocity might discriminate betweentrees with large vessels and those with small ones. The results proved to becompletely negative and reasons for this are discussed.
  • CORD-FORMING FUNGI IN BRITISH WOODLANDS: WHAT THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY DO Kirsty Monk and Gabriel Hemery investigate the role and importance of thislesser known group of ecosystem engineers in British woodlands, examine theextent of our fungal knowledge and discuss their implications for forestry in thefuture.
  • FOREST VILLAGE: A DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT Increasing pressure for housing growth has made Matt Wood wonder if thereis a way of providing housing without compromising the countryside. He asks:is there a way that we can have houses and trees?
  • THE CHALLENGES OUR WOODLANDS FACE: TODAY AND TOMORROW Speaking at the RFS Open Day John Weir asked that we consider newapproaches to increasing the long-term resilience of our woodlands.
  • OPAL TREE HEALTH SURVEY: CARING FOR OUR TREES TOGETHER RFS Development Director Simon Lloyd invites members to get involved in atimely new tree health initiative.
  • SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE: THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL DRIVERS OF FIRESETTING M. Jollands, A.J. Moffat and J. Morris review some of the most pertinentsocial-psychological research with the aim of increasing the understanding offiresetting and arson in British forested and wild areas.
  • July 2013 by RFS