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Our policies

The RFS believes that:

  • Woods should be managed not neglected
  • Thriving woods depend on nurturing skills and sharing knowledge
  • We must increase woodland resilience to pests, disease and climate change
  • More sustainably managed productive woods should be created
  • Well managed woods generate extensive public benefits which should be funded
  • We must increase public understanding of the value of managed woodland 

We are committed to ensuring our members’ voice on these topics is heard. Our policies identify what is required to deliver on these core beliefs.

During 2020 we have already met with Defra officials to provide input to the Tree Strategy and Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), both in our own right and as cross forestry sector representation; we have released our position statement on Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) proposals which can be found here and are consulting with members on a formal response.

Prof Nicola Spence And Group Crop Lr Hockeridge
Discussing Woodland Resilience with Chief Health Plant Officer Nicola Spence at our Hockeridge Wood

In 2019 we met with the government’s Chief Plant Health officer Nicola Spence at our Hockeridge Wood to discuss Tree Health and Resilience issues and responded to the Welsh Government's 2019 consultation Sustainable farming and our land. Our response can be seen here 

The RFS was among a number of organisations to give written evidence to the Forestry in England Inquiry: Seeing the Wood for the Trees in 2017.  See our written evidence;a transcript of our oral evidence and Chief Executive Simon Lloyd giving evidence here 


Read our Policies

Our Policies document focuses at seven key issues:

  • Woodland management
  • Woodland creation
  • Climate change
  • Pests and diseases
  • Grey squirrel and deer control
  • Grants and regulations
  • Forestry skills

It can be read in full of downloaded here. Read or download our Forestry and Climate Change document and find out more about our work on Climate Change here

For more than 135 years, the RFS has dedicated itself to sharing knowledge on the art and science of woodland management so that the accumulated wisdom and experience of  landowners, foresters, arborists and others is transferred from one generation to another. Find other RFS publications here.

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