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One Day Training

These in-person courses are designed to meet the needs of new and novice woodland owners and those wishing to further develop their knowledge and skills in many aspects of forestry.  Click on the course title for more information and details of how to book.


Upcoming courses in 2020

The RFS is currently assessing whether the following in-person courses can go ahead safely and securely in the light of COVID-19.  We are developing a detailed risk assessment for each course and will be updating existing ticket holders as soon as we possibly can.  In the meantime, it is still possible to purchase tickets.  Full refunds will be issued in the event that the courses cannot go ahead safely.


Essentials for measuring woods and trees (Mensuration) - Thursday 10 September


Woodland thinning control using basal area - Friday 11 September


Digital forest management planning using myForest - Friday 25 September CANCELLED 


Woodland archaeology - banks and pits! - Friday 02 October


Other courses 

The one day courses listed below were scheduled to take place in 2020 but unfortunately had to be cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.   We will be announcing 2021's programme towards the end of this year and anticipate running many of the course topics listed below.  In the meantime, we're developing an expanding programme of online courses, information about which you can find here.  If you have queries about our training email us at


Digital forest management planning using myForest - Friday 27 March  


Managing ash dieback - Practical steps for woodland owners - Thursday 23 April 


Tree Health - pests & diseases - Friday 24 April  


Grading & Measuring your timber - Thursday 07 May 


Tree identification (Northern Ireland) - Thursday 28 May  


Woodland care (Northern Ireland) - Friday 29 May  


Introduction to tree measurement (Mensuration) - Friday 05 June   


Essential guide to caring for your wood - Weds 24 June     


An introduction to soil identification for foresters - Fri 26 June  


Intermediate silviculture - Weds 08 July  


Tree identification in summer - Friday 10 July  


Why train with us? 

  • Each course has clear learning objectives and includes a mixture of lectures and practical activities.
  • Locations have been selected where the principles being explained can be demonstrated in practice in a woodland.
  • Small group sizes will make it possible for the learning to be informal, personal and highly rewarding.
  • Delegates are issued with an RFS Certificate of Attendance following each course for CPD purposes.
  • Our team of instructors are all acknowledged experts in their fields and dedicated to forestry education.
  • If you're considering becoming an RFS member, join today to receive a discount on your training course ticket price.  For more information on member benefits click here