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Woodland meetings by Division

Every year, the RFS offers up a superb programme of woodland visits throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  These visits showcase all aspects of forestry and woodland management and are excellent opportunities 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 

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South West
    • Date and time: 7.15pm for 7.25pm start, Thursday13 February 2020
    • Venue: Exeter University Newman Lecture Hall

    South Western Divisional AGM and winter lecture.  

    Ticket sales are now open on Eventbrite!

    RFS members, non-members and students are all very welcome.  To book tickets (with or without dinner included) please click on the Eventbrite link below:


    Lecture overview:

    Sir Charles Burrell, Bt (Charlie) owner of Knepp Estate whose wife Isabella Tree wrote ‘Wilding’, covering the 19 year project story so far, has kindly agreed to talk to RFS members, guests and interested associated groups and individuals.

    This will be a fascinating talk giving food for thought, encouraging opportunities for carbon sequestration, improving habitats, biodiversity, water quality and growing native trees at a landscape scale with many ideas transferable to smaller land units.

    Knepp is a 3,500 acre estate just south of Horsham, West Sussex. Since 2001, the land – once intensively farmed - has been devoted to a pioneering rewilding project. Using grazing animals as the drivers of habitat creation, and with the restoration of dynamic, natural water courses, the project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife. Extremely rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies are now breeding at Knepp and populations of more common species are rocketing.

    The vision of the Knepp Wildland Project is radically different to conventional nature conservation in that it is not driven by specific goals or target species. Instead, its driving principle is to establish a functioning ecosystem where nature is given as much freedom as possible. The aim is to show how a ‘process-led’ approach can be a highly effective, low-cost method of ecological restoration - suitable for failing or abandoned farmland - that can work to support established nature reserves and wildlife sites, helping to provide the webbing that will one day connect them together on a landscape scale.

    As Professor Sir John Lawton, author of the 2010 Making Space for Nature report says:

    "Knepp Estate is one of the most exciting wildlife conservation projects in the UK, and indeed in Europe. If we can bring back nature at this scale and pace just 16 miles from Gatwick airport we can do it anywhere. I’ve seen it. It’s truly wonderful, and it fills me with hope."