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Chris Suthers, one of the recipients of the RFS Randle Travel Bursary, busy planting trees

Date Issued: 09 May 2013


The Royal Forestry Society (RFS) has awarded four Randle Travel Bursaries to help foresters carry out independent study in Canada, Ethiopia and in Europe. RFS Development Director Simon Lloyd said:

“The RFS is delighted to support those who are promoting wise management of trees and woods by sharing and seeking out knowledge to inform how we manage trees now and in the future. This year’s bursaries are helping to send members to three very different continents where the challenges of forestry are diverse, and we look forward to learning from their experiences on their return.”

Tim Hall, Operations Manager for Woodland Trust, took part in April’s International Urban Forestry Conference in Toronto to share practical experiences of UK urban forestry to an audience mainly from Canada and North America. He will also be visiting urban forestry projects in Toronto.

Chris Suthers, Director of Streettreecare Ltd in Oakworth, West Yorkshire, is heading for Ethiopia's Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Hawassa University, in August/September to share experiences of urban forestry in the UK and how they might be useful within Ethiopia.

Dr Scott McG Wilson, a self-employed consultant forester and forest ecologist based in Aberdeen, is visiting growing areas, processing facilities and academic research establishments in the Mediterranean and southern European countries to investigate potential alternative/emerging species for British forestry.

James Varden, from Holme Lacy College and a past winner of the RFS George Clive Memorial Award, will be heading off to Sweden to attend the Elmia Wood Show and then spending several months studying forestry in Canada before heading back to the UK to take up full-time work with The Poplar Tree Company in Hereford, where he has just completed his apprenticeship.

Through the generosity of the Trustees of the Donald Randle Trust, the RFS is able to offer bursaries worth up to £500. Funds are provided to individual RFS members to cover part or all of their subsistence and travel costs for individual trips abroad specifically designed to enhance their forestry knowledge.

For details of how to apply for Randle Travel Bursaries for 2014 go to our Learning pages.