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From woodland economics to walking sticks - stepping out with the RFS in 2012
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Date Issued: 13 March 2012


The Royal Forestry Society’s 21 Divisions have launched one of their most exciting and diverse programmes of woodland visits and talks. Whether you are wondering about woodland landscape economics, in a quandary about the genetic quality of seeds or simply fond of fungi, mosses, birds and forestry, there is plenty on offer.

The visits and talks are held in England, Wales and Northern Ireland throughout spring, summer and autumn, and can count towards continuous professional development (CPD) for a number of organisations. The events are open to all members, and, by arrangement, to visitors. The full programme of events is available via our online events calendar.

RFS Chief Executive Dr John Jackson said: “These events offer a unique opportunity to meet with other professional and amateur woodland owners and lovers, to discuss issues of common interest with numerous experts and to understand how others are tackling the issues that interest you.”

Other topics being covered are as diverse as bio-energy, the Welsh Wood Chain, management of SSSI lime woods, restoration on mineral workings/mining sites, elm tree conservation, wooden ships at Chatham dockyards, ancient monument protection, and growing and manufacturing walking sticks!

The RFS has also organised a one-day conference with the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) on 23 April to look at new ways of valuing the UK’s woodlands and forests. This NDG James Memorial Event is being held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire and will also examine how the new valuations might generate benefits for owners, managers, society and the woodlands themselves.



  • The RFS reminds all those who take part in its outdoor events that they should arrive with clean footwear and scrub up as needed on arrival and departure to minimise the risk of inadvertently carrying soil-borne tree diseases with them, and to heighten awareness of the threats from novel pathogens to tree populations.