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Royal Scottish Forestry Society


We are a charity devoted to the advancement of forestry in all its branches

Members come from a wide spectrum. Some are involved in forestry or the timber industry, others in conservation and woodland management. There are academics, enthusiastic amateurs and representatives from almost every aspect of Scottish life. The important and all inclusive point is that we love trees and care for the environment.

The society is divided into 5 regions, each of which organises visits and talks within their area. We also run a four day Annual Excursion for all members and for you wherever you are based. The society  produces a journal “Scottish Forestry” which is free to  members. The journal is internationally recognised and is distributed to academic institutions from China to Canada and all destinations between.

Best practice is shared through these two mediums and influence is brought to bear on the relevant organisations. We have many members sitting on various committees, from local to Goverment.

The ruling body for the society is the Board. This consists of the five Office Bearers and three members elected from Council. A ninth member may be co-opted. The Board is advised by Council which comprises 22 elected members. Council meets 2 times a year and guides the continuing progression of the society; we have been going since 1854. We very much hope that you will enjoy browsing our site and that you will join us to safeguard the future for your children and our Nation’s trees.

Thigibh còmhla rinn gus an t-àm ri teachd a dhìon airson ur cloinn agus craobhan ar Nàisean.”


Latest News


Highland Fling - hosted by Northern Region. Read the itinerary and view the booking form here 

ABM Booklet 2017

Now available in the Members' Area

Scottish Forestry Journal

The journals from 2006 to 2016 have now been digitised and added to the journal database. You can search the archive by subject in the search box at the top right hand corner of this page. Journals from 1854 to 2016 are available.

The Society is most grateful for the financial assistance, provided by The Scottish Forestry Trust, which enabled this project to be completed. 

Society Programme 2018

Field Trips and other RSFS activities for 2018 will be posted in the Calendar in the near future.  

Scottish Forestry: call for papers for 2018 editions of the journal

Read the full updated details here

Guidelines for Authors and Peer Review can be found under Journal.