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Jo Clark, recipient of RFS Randle Travel Bursary

Date Issued: 08 December 2011


If you are looking to carry out independent research into forestry or woodland issues during 2012, there’s still time to pack in a travel bursary from the Royal Forestry Society (RFS)! Through the Donald Randle Trust, the RFS is offering two bursaries, each worth £500, to foresters travelling abroad to undertake independent study to enhance their knowledge.

The bursaries are open to those already working, or to students looking to enhance their studies, but exclude group expeditions or participation in tours or courses organised by other bodies or commercial enterprises. In addition, the RFS Yorkshire Division, in conjunction with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, also offers an annual bursary worth up to £600 to allow a student aged 18 or over with strong local links to carry out a forestry related project. More details are available on

Bursary winners are asked to contribute a feature or a technical paper on their research for the RFS magazine, the Quarterly Journal of Forestry.

One recent recipient was forestry research specialist Jo Clark, who used the Randle Travel bursary to help pay the costs as she clocked up more than 9,000 miles on the latest stage of her PhD research into the adaptation of ash to climate change.

Other Randle Bursary recipients have attended conferences in Canada and taken up an internship with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Timber Section in Geneva.

Closing date for applications for the Randle Bursaries is Wednesday, 7 March 2012.

Bursary details are available from the RFS. Email or downloaded application forms