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Woodland meetings by Division

Every year, the Royal Forestry Society offers up a superb programme of almost 100 woodland visits throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  These visits showcase all aspects of forestry and woodland management and are an excellent opportunity for members to meet, learn and exchange ideas whilst visiting varied and interesting woodlands, many of which are not accessible to the general public.

RFS members are entitled to join ANY visit, regardless of which division they are a member of, and will always receive a warm welcome from other divisions.  

To attend a visit, RFS members should simply email their Divisional Honorary Secretary (email address supplied on the fixtures card and on the contacts page of QJF) or email 

If you're not a yet member of the RFS, it is possible to go along as a guest.  If you enjoy the day, we hope you will decide to JOIN and come back for more.

To use the map:

Hover your cursor over the divisional area of the country you would like to look at, then click. 

This will bring up the list of divisional visits below, including date, venue, theme and timings for the day. 

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North East

Venue - Shiellow Woods, Detchant

10.00am start.

A full day visit in conjunction with the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS).

Tour of a varied mature conifer woodland.

Topics include management of understorey Western Hemlock; diverse new planting including Coast Redwood; an embryo arboretum and thinning results.

For further information please contact the local Honorary Secretary: Hugh & Penny Bence

  • Venue - Kirkley College, Ponteland

10.00am start.

Tour of Kirkley College and woodlands. Discussions on environmental management, game management and arboricultural demonstrations.

Four presentations from Animal and Plant Health Agency, National Trust and Fera Science covering oral contraception of grey squirrels, trapping, managing red squirrels at Wallington and Plant Health.

For further information please contact the local Honorary Secretary: Hugh & Penny Bence.

  • Venue - Black Banks & Witton Castle, Hamsterley

Start time 10.00am.

Visits to two Scottish Woodlands managed sites near Hamsterley. 

Black Banks is a 148ha site planted by the FC in the 1930s with harvesting, restructuring and restocking.

Topics - Sitka and Scots pine establishment and management; birch encroachment; roading, ride, deer and game management.

Witton Castle has a 45ha mixed woodland.

Topics - New planting and grant funding, PAWS restoration and management, and alternative uses of forestry and development.

For further information please contact the local Honorary Secretary: Hugh & Penny Bence

  • Venue - Embley Estate and Hexhamshire Hardwoods

Start time 10.00am.

Embley Estate is a small family run estate. Most commercial conifers have been felled and replanted.  Vermin control is important. The estate is run for conservation and family sport.

Hexhamshire Hardwoods is a small specialist hardwood sawmill.

For further details please contact the local Honorary Secretary: Hugh & Penny Bence

  • Venue - Stockton Council Woodlands, Tilery Woods, Stockton

Start time 10.00am

Tilery Woods, recently extensively thinned by Tilhill of consider to allow reversion to native species.  A visit also planned to a replanted woodland at Cowpen Bewley.

AGM will be held at around lunchtime.

For further information please contact the local Honorary Secretary: Hugh & Penny Bence

  • Venue - Kielder. Forestry Commission Centernary visit, hosted by the Forestry Commission. 

For more information on this event please contact the local Honorary secretaries, Hugh and Penny Bence on 



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