Randle Travel Bursary

Through the generosity of the Trustees of the Donald Randle Trust, the RFS is able to offer bursaries to support members to travel overseas to enhance their forestry knowledge.

Past Recipients

Joe Elliott

How Managing Forests in Scotland Could Make Commercial Scale Biochar Production a Possibility in the UK.

Joe travelled to Tampere, Finland to visit biochar producers Carbofex to gain information on the biochar production process, from raw material to biochar distribution, and the associated costs. Joe, who is studying at Askham Bryan College, toured the Carbofex site and had the opportunity to interview the Carbofex CEO.

Bryan Elliott

The Sanctuary of an Ecological Island at Maungatautari, NZ

Bryan will visit members of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust. He will learn about how removing all mammals from Maungatautari and the installation of a managed pest proof fence has provided a safe environment to reintroduce some of New Zealand’s most endangered species back to their natural habitat.

Karen Batten

Climate Change Mitigation, Agroforestry and Forest Conservation

Karen will be undertaking an internship organised by Amazon Learning in Ecuador. Through this internship Karen can investigate and collect data for potential dissertation topics with Bangor University. Karen will be contributing to multiple ongoing conservation projects whilst learning about traditional agroforestry, reforestation and the production of value added products. Karen will have the opportunity to develop her Spanish language skills and gain an appreciation of Ecuadorian traditions and cultures as she lives and works within local communities.

Mat Curtis

The East India Screw Tree: an agent to alleviate poverty in Indonesia?

As part of Mat's MSc disseratation with Bqangor University, Mat will investigate if this tree could become part of the livelihood systems of poor rural farmers as a component of their agroforestry systems or grown as tree crops.

Mat's research is a baseline study to uncover the ethnographic details of the social, ecological, cultural and economic values of the tree held by the local people. It is with this knowledge that it can be assessed if silvicultural best-practices can be developed to increase yield and create supplier groups with which to effectively tap this million-dollar market for the benefit of the under-privileged, with a focus on gender equality.