The Goodhart Bursary

A bursary for Early Career Foresters to support them with the cost of attending the RFS Whole Society Meeting.

Applications are now closed for 2024.

The RFS offers up to 5 Goodhart Bursaries each year to the value of £500 each. The bursary can only be used towards the cost of attending our Whole Society Meeting.


All inclusive: £860

Day Tickets Only: £250 (Arrange own accommodation)


At the time of your application you must:

Be under the age of 30 OR have left College or University within the past 5 years

Be an RFS individual member or employed by an RFS Corporate member

After attending the Whole Society Meeting you agree to submit information on your experience to the RFS in the form of a report, blog or photo diary.

All applications will be treated with strictest confidence. A committee will be appointed by RFS to review all applications. No other information will be used to assess each application. Successful bursary recipients will be notified by the end of February.

If you have any questions about making an application, please email

Goodhart Recipients 2024

Holly Whitehouse

Goodhart Bursary Recipient 2024

"I would like to extend my gratitude to the RFS and the Goodhart bursary, being a recipient of this funding has enabled me to partake in an experience that would have otherwise been financially out of reach for me. I am a career change forestry apprentice and this support serves as a tremendous confidence boost and greatly enhances my industry experience.

I’m very much looking forward to exploring a diverse range of woodlands beyond my usual working areas, observing various management techniques and gaining valuable insights into current environmental, ecological and economic movements in forestry. Having attended previous RFS events I can attest to their immense value as platforms for exchanging knowledge and engaging in meaningful conversations among individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise. I am looking forward to attending the whole society meeting immensely."

Pádraic O'Leary

Goodhart Bursary Recipient 2024

"The Study Tour was an incredible journey of learning and discovery. I've had the opportunity to engage with experts, explore new cultures, and gain valuable insights. I highly recommend this experience!"

Clare O'Reilly

Goodhart Bursary Recipient 2024

"Being surrounded by an interesting and diverse group of people who give their knowledge so freely and kindly, while visiting fascinating sites run by passionate experts, is such a unique learning experience. Thanks to the RFS and the legacy of James Goodhart for making this experience both enjoyable and accessible."

Catherine Noble

Goodhart Bursary Recipient 2024

The Study Tour has given me the opportunity to discuss woodland management with other members and experts who I never would have met if not for the RFS Early Careers Network. I'm grateful to everyone who has taken the time to share their knowledge with me and I feel inspired to participate in as many RFS events as I can going forwards."

Max Battison

Goodhart Bursary Recipient 2024

"Having the opportunity to apply for the Goodhart Bursary is great way to launch myself further into my early career in forestry. Getting more involved with the RFS will allow me to create and develop professional networks.

I’m honoured to be successful in receiving the Goodhart Bursary as it makes attending the Whole Society Meeting more accessible and I am excited to see what I learn."