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The RFS welcomes blogs from members and experts in their field on all aspects of woodland management, forestry and forestry skills. The author's opinions are their own and may not necessarily be shared by the RFS. If you have a topic you would like to submit as a blog please email:  


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Showcasing forestry - why we should be proud of excellence

November 2017

"It’s only through ensuring high quality woodland management and talking about it to a wider world that we will help people distinguish between excellence and exploitation in forestry." Rachel Thomas argues the RFS Excellence in Forestry Award is a great opportunity to showcase to the forestry sector, and to a wider world. More here


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Four changes for Forestry to thrive 

September 2017 

In addressing Principle 4 of the Tree Charter 'A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK', RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd argues that for a thriving and economically healthy forestry sector capable of providing more home grown timber and associated jobs, four things must change.

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If there was one thing you would like to see done to improve the skills of the workforce, what would it be?

September 2017

One of the few things that most people in the forestry sector can hopefully agree on is that we need a skilled workforce if we are to plant and manage our woodlands well.The right tree in the right place’ doesn’t happen by accident.Chartered Forester Martin Glynn invites you to have your say in the Forestry Skill Study which is being led by the RFS on behalf of the Forestry Skills Forum. More here


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Phytophthora Ramorum: Challenges for the Woodland Owner

August 2017

The challenges of dealing with a potential outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum are great for any woodland owner but for those private estates that depend upon income from forestry operations to uphold the Estate and secure the future management of the woodland, the challenges are perhaps even greater. Maria Ellis discusses the approaches they are taking in woodlands on the Castle Howard estate where there is a high concentration of larch. More here


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 Five tips for getting started in your own woodlands

 August 2017

Tips 1: When buying or starting out with a new wood, don’t look at the trees!

Professor Julian Evans OBE FICFor chairs the Forestry Commission’s Expert Committee on Forest Science. He has owned a 30 acres woodland for more than 30 years and has written several books about his experiences. He is Leading a One day course on Essential Guide to Caring for your Woods in September 2017. More here 


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Feel the Force

April 2017

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People (Tree Charter) 2017, will be launched in November 2017, 800 years after the original Charter of the Forests was signed by King Henry III. Four members of the Tree Charter Student Council who are studying forestry and related subjects tell us what it means to them here.



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Economic Trees

 March 2017

Bob Chard is an RFS member with a long term interest in forestry and rural land use. He works on climate change adaptation issues, including a project to develop Tropical Hardwood Importation Substitute (THIS) trees, in his own woodland creation scheme. Read his blog here.




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Shropshire Agroforestry: Trees, hedgerows and cattle

 February 2017

Farmer Peter Aspin tells us how critical trees are to the welfare of his animals and why agroforestry is at the heart of his business. Read the blog here




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Resilient Trees

November 2016

RFS Chief Executive Simon Lloyd argues that to counter the threat of tree diseases and pests we should plant a much greater variety of tree species.This blog was written for the Tree Charter. Read in full here




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The Best Classroom in the World

April 2016 

Teaching Trees Education Officer Nicki Jempson spells out why woods make the best classroom in the world! This blog was written for the Tree Charter. Read more here