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Woodland meetings by Division

PLEASE NOTE - in the light of Covid-19, woodland meetings occuring before 31 July have been cancelled or postponed, and the viability of meetings after this date will be reviewed.  Please contact the local Honorary Secretary for up to date information. 

Every year, the RFS offers up a superb programme of woodland visits throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland which showcasee 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, members should email their Divisional Honorary Secretary (email address supplied on the fixtures card and on the contacts page of QJF) or email events@rfs.org.uk 

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.

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Southern
18
Mar
  • Venue:  Malshanger Estate Club, Basingstoke
  • Date: 18th March (19.00)

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Starting at 19.00, there'll be an illustrated presentation with a brief history of Dutch Elm Disease, resistant elm breeding and an evaluation of the latest Elm cultivars in the conservation of the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly Satyrium w-album, by Andrew Brooks, Butterfly Conservation.

For more information regarding this meeting please contact the local Honorary secretary, Steve Russell on steve@woodlandcountrysidemanagement.com 

Biosecurity

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

28
Apr
  • Venue: Vastern Sawmill Studley, near Calne, Wiltshire 
  • Date: 28th April 2020

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

We will be visiting Vastern Timber looking at log conversion at Studley Mill in the morning before moving on to the Wootton Bassett Mill to look at added value work in the afternoon. NOTE: Numbers may need to be restricted.

For more information regarding this meeting please contact the local Honorary secretary, Steve Russell on steve@woodlandcountrysidemanagement.com 

Biosecurity

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

12
May
  • Venue: Bramshill Plantation, Eversley, near Reading
  • Date: 12th May 2020

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

A visit to Bramshill Plantation, a complicated and challenging site where designations and environmental management have a significant impact but where softwood production and on-going gravel extraction are balanced with public access and recreation. 

For more information regarding this meeting please contact the local Honorary secretary, Steve Russell on steve@woodlandcountrysidemanagement.com  

Biosecurity

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

9
Jun
  • Venue: Pondhead Inclosure, Lyndhurst
  • Date: 9th June 2020 (18.30)

MEETING POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

We will visit the winners of the RFS 2019 Community Award, to explore one of the largest areas of Hazel coppice in the New Forest. The site has been brought to life by volunteer efforts culminating in habitat restoration through traditional skills and community health & wellbeing.

For more information regarding this meeting please contact the local Honorary secretary, Steve Russell on steve@woodlandcountrysidemanagement.com 

Biosecurity

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

8
Jul
  • Venue: Herriard Estate, Basingstoke 
  • Date: 8th July 2020

Event postponed

We will be looking at commercial management of broadleaved and conifer plantations and coppice against a backdrop of ancient woodland and a Historic Park. We will also discuss Oak Silviculture and the RFS ‘Action Oak’ project.

PLEASE NOTE: The Divisional AGM will be held at lunchtime

For more information regarding this meeting please contact the local Honorary secretary, Steve Russell on steve@woodlandcountrysidemanagement.com 

Biosecurity

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

23
Sep
  • Venue: Eling Estate, near Newbury 
  • Date: 23rd September 2020

We'll take a tour looking at woodland management issues across the estate, including an ancient Hill Fort which is surrounded by woodland, and discuss clear felling and replanting as well as removal of trees from the monument itself.   We will also discuss the work the estate does with a school for severely Autistic children. 

For more information regarding this meeting please contact the local Honorary secretary, Steve Russell on steve@woodlandcountrysidemanagement.com 

Biosecurity

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