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RFS Future Foresters gathers pace
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The RFS Future Foresters programme has been going from strength to strength.

The project, which aims to encourage more people into forestry, is strengthening links with colleges, reviewing and expanding qualifications, internships, bursaries, and practical learning opportunities for students, woodland owners and managers.

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Future Foresters: Gathering data for Conifers for Colleges at Myerscough College

2016 RFS Silky Fox Handsaw Awards will be presented later this year to students nominated by Corporate Member Colleges for outstanding work on practical forestry and arboricultural course 

And, later this year, Future Foresters will be reporting on first-year data gathered as part of our unique Conifers for Colleges research project into the performance of different species of conifers 

Future Foresters has engaged more than 400 students in talks and is looking forward to working with more colleges and universities.

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Future Foresters Officer Adam Todd at Capel Manor Careers Fair

Project Officer Adam Todd says:“It has been great to visit so many colleges across the UK and meet with enthusiastic and hardworking students looking for a career in forestry. Many students have displayed strong skills in forest science, whether it be as part of the Conifers for Colleges project or demonstrating an interest in forestry resilience through questions on climate change and  pests and diseases that affect the UK."

Thanks to the generous support of RFS members and the Prince’s Countryside Fund, Future Foresters has:

  • launched the online Forestry and Arboriculture Careers Guide in partnership with the Foresty Learning and Development Group and this is continually being updated and enhanced to ensure it is relevant for those starting out in forestry and for those looking to move their careers forwards
  • offered bursaries to four students to undertake work experience studentships in summer 2016
  • awarded four Randle Travel Bursaries to students from four different universities to help further their studies 
  • initiated a pilot project with Kent Woodland Education Scheme to support their training programme for forestry apprentices
  • awarded five Spencer bursaries to students to enable them to attend the RFS/Woodland Trust conference on Resilience in October 2015 

Watch this space for more on Future Foresters! To enquire about a talk for your college or university contact Adam Todd at adam.todd@rfs.org.uk