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Information for visitors


Important information for RFS members and visitors

If you are attending a woodland meeting 
please arrive in clean footwear - and scrub up again 
before leaving the venue

As an educational charity, the RFS must lead by example on the biosecurity measures recommended by the Forestry Commission (FC) and Defra to minimise the risk of spreading soil-borne tree infections, among other things. Clean boots are a first step!

For further information, please see the Forestry Commission's Biosecurity Guidance, August 2012 (see Resources, right) or visit the Forestry Commission’s biosecurity page, which contains information about plant pests and diseases.

Ticks and Lyme disease

Populations of ticks carrying Borrelia are distributed widely throughout the UK. Late spring, early summer and autumn are peak feeding times for ticks. A lower level of feeding activity takes place in other seasons. Therefore, the risk to humans is potentially year-round. View our fact sheet and other information on Lyme Disease here.


Most all-day meetings start at around 10:00 and end at around 16:00, but please check precise details with the local Honorary Secretary.

RFS meetings take place out in the woods in all weathers:

  • Appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn.
  • Please be aware of your health and safety at all times.
  • Do not take risks that could put you or others in danger.
  • Do not attempt to do anything that you do not feel confident about.
  • Please follow instructions.

RFS members are welcome to attend events in any Division.

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