May 20, 2021

Nature Reserves: Mere Sands Wood and Scutchers Acres – North Western Division

In the morning, we'll see the management and regeneration of Pinus sylvestris plantation to create sustainable and diverse age and species structure as red squirrel habitat. Creating woodland edge areas; currently transition is from intensive arable to woodland. Future-proofing: Re-stocking to take account of climate change and tree diseases. Protection of older Oak trees. The afternoon visit will include seeing overtopped Picea and Heterobasidion annosum. Semi natural woodland and 20 year native plantings, an Arboretum, Wildlife management and Educational resource.

Rufford, Lancashire

For more information and to book your place on the visit, please contact your local Honorary Secretary, Ian Jack on


Pre-visit information

In the light of COVID 19, we urge all members to read our COVID 19 guideline notes before attending woodland meetings.  In addition, 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. You can make a difference to stopping the spread of tree diseases. Clean boots are a first step!  For further information, please click here