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Our expanded programme of training courses for 2018 is currently being finalised.  Further details will be available for review HERE by the end of January.   


If you have any queries in the meantime, however, please don't hesitate to contact RFS HQ on 

The Royal Forestry Society delivers an annual series of training courses on trees and woodland management, designed to meet the needs of new and novice woodland owners, and others who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in many aspects of forestry.

In 2017, the RFS delivered the following courses, all of which were extremely well attended:

Each course has clear learning objectives and will include a mixture of lectures and practical activities. Locations have been selected where the principles being explained can be demonstrated in the forest. 

Small group sizes will make it possible for the learning to be informal and personal, and highly rewarding.

Our team of instructors are all acknowledged experts in their fields and dedicated to forestry education. Their profiles are here.



RFS member and non-member course prices can be found by clicking on the relevant course link. 

Places on all courses are limited on all courses and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We advise early registration.  

Further details and information can be obtained by following the links to a dedicated Eventbrite registration page for each course. This includes a secure online system for payment of course fees. Terms and conditions apply.




Course 1Essentials for measuring trees and woods

Date: Friday, 1 September 2017

Instructor: Mike Jones

Location:  Hawkshead Hill Baptist Chapel, Hawkshead Hill, Cumbria LA22 0PW 

About:  This short course equips you with the knowledge and skill to complete basic woodland measurements that are useful for guiding future management activities. The course will explain both the principles and how they can be applied, as well as providing lots of time to practice taking measurements on trees and in the woods. Included will be basic tree measurements, and surveying techniques to assess many aspects of a woodland, including regeneration and growth. 

Duration: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Price: £55.00 RFS members / £65.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunch, but tea and coffee will be provided.

Meet the Instructor: here

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Course 2: Continuous Cover Forestry in the Uplands

Dates: Two day course - Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 September 2017

Instructor: Dr Jens Haufe

Location: Woodlands Hall, Llanfrwog, Ruthin LL15 2AN


This two day training course which is being run in partnership with the Continuous Cover Forestry Group ( will give a general introduction to the principles of Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF). Indoor sessions will cover underlying ecological principles, thinning, stand stability and transformation methods. Clocaenog forest boasts about 2,000ha under CCF management and provides the perfect location to experience various stages of transformation from even-aged monoculture to diversely structured CCF systems.  The local Forest Manager, who has been instrumental in the transformation of Clocaenog forest to CCF from the beginning, will accompany us on extensive site visits where examples of CCF are shown and discussed. Practical exercises include thinning, site assessment and development of management plans. At the end of the course you will be able to assess the potential for transformation to CCF on any given site, design suitable thinning strategies to improve stand stability and choose appropriate transformation methods. 

Duration: Day one - 8.45am to 5.00pm / Day two - 9.00am to 5.00pm

Price: £250.00 RFS and CCFG members / £275.00 non RFS members

Note: Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be provided but course attendees are advised to bring packed lunches as lunch is not provided.

Meet the instructor: here

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Course 3: Grading and measuring your timber - SOLD OUT

Date: Thursday, 21 September 2017 

Instructor: Gavin Munro

Location:  Whitney Sawmill, Old Station Yard, Hereford HR3 6EZ

About: This is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in learning more about timber quality and grading. The course covers the basics of wood anatomy and the growth of high quality timber trees. Special features, such as ripple grain in sycamore, will be explained, as well as the various defects and types of decay that can influence wood quality. The course therefore provides useful information for anyone who is planning to harvest or who wants to improve the timber quality of their woodland. The course starts with an indoor session and then moves out onto the estate to look at examples of standing trees with various features of note. Example logs will be presented for practical exercises on grading and evaluation. This is a hands-on introduction to the fascinating world of wood and the traditions of timber grading.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm 

Price: £55.00 RFS members / £65.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunches as lunch is not provided.

Meet the Instructor: here

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Course 4: Essential guide to caring for your wood

Date: Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Instructor: Prof Julian Evans, OBE FICFor

Location: St Mary's Hall, 8 High Street, Overton, Hampshire RG25 3HA

About: This short course provides an overview of the key considerations and issues when caring for a woodland. It serves as an excellent introduction for those who are new to woodland ownership or interested in the practical aspects of caring for a woodland. The course will cover some of the key concepts of forestry and conservation, and include a guided tour of the Northdown plantation, Julian's own wood, to view stands of different species, various silvicultural treatments, and to consider forestry and conservation objectives.

Duration: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Price: £55.00 RFS members / £65.00 non RFS members

Notes:  Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be provided but course attendees are advised to bring a packed lunch.  Bring outdoor clothing for the afternoon session. Copies of Julian's book, "Getting started in your own wood" will be available for £10.00 i.e. 25% discount.

Meet the Instructor: here

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