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Future Foresters Skills Day 2019


  • Date - Friday 04 October 2019
  • Time - 10.00am to 3.45pm (registration and refreshments from 09.00am onwards)
  • Venue - Shuttleworth College, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9DX
  • Ticket price - £7.50 per person (including lunch) courtesy of City & Guilds NPTC Fund support
  • Open to - All full, part-time and recent students and early career professionals


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We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our 2nd National Student Conference and Demo Day hosted by Shuttleworth College, part of the Bedford College Group, at their beautiful parkland campus.  This event is being generously sponsored by City & Guilds NPTC Fund, Sorbus International and Forestry Commission England.

Following on from the success of 2017's inaugural student conference, the RFS Future Foresters Technology Day, attended by well over 250 students UK wide, this year's theme is "Addressing skills gaps in the forestry, arboriculture and countryside sectors" with particular reference to the recently published Forestry Skills Plan 2019 - 2024 (published by the Forestry Skills Forum - click here to see a copy).

In the morning conference session we will hear from four excellent speakers each of whom will give delegates the benefit of their extensive industry experience:

  • Dr Robin Jackson - Industry Manager - City & Guilds
  • Neil Davies - Head of Arboriculture - WSP
  • Tom Williams - Managing Director - Maydencroft
  • Becki Gawthorpe - Biosecurity Officer - Forestry Commission

After a buffet lunch and refreshments, the afternoon session will comprise exhibitors and demonstrations by numerous high profile industry players giving delegates the opportunity to get hands-on with kit, ask lots of questions and network!  

There is also a fantastic opportunity for your college or university to win £2700 worth of Haglof of Sweden measurement kit (a Haglof Vertex Laser Geo) by entering our photography competition!  Send us a fantastic photo depicting "the application of skills or learning in a woodland environment" no later than Friday 06 September 2019 for a chance of winning this fabulous prize.  Competition rules and an entry form can be found in the green "Resources" box at the top right hand of this page.

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Bookings are welcome from individual delegates or group bookings.  To buy tickets simply click on the orange "Register on Eventbrite" button below.  


If you have any queries about any aspect of this event please contact Claire Street at RFS HQ on (01295) 678588 or on

For a taste of what to expect, have a look at this brief video of Future Foresters Technology Day 2017!

Get in touch
Tel:01295 678588
Fax:01295 670798