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Royal Scottish Forestry Society

        PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SCOTTISH FORESTRY SOCIETY

James Hepburne Scott became the 69th President, of the Society, at the Annual Business Meeting held on the 9th May. 

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Dear Members,

2017 has been a very successful year for our Society, with over 20 field days and an excellent Annual Excursion in South West Region blessed with glorious sunshine.
We are putting the finishing touches to the 2018 annual programme (see below). You will get a hard copy with the Spring edition of the Journal.
Thank you to all those who have given generously of their time and mileage to make all this happen.

 RSFS Annual Programme 2018. Dates arranged so far -

20 April (LB/RFS) 10.00:Shiellow (Northumberland)
OS: NU082373 / NE70 7PQ. Invitation of John and Maggie Monaghan. Conversion to mixed age woodland, thinning systems, continuous cover, unusual species and conifer diversity.
Contact: Hugh Bence (RFS), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

25 April 13.00 (SW): Big trees nr Dalbeattie. Led by Colin Kennedy (Scottish Woodlands).RV Doach Wood FCS car park DG7 1QF /OS ref: NX 794 577 Impressive examples of champion trees (SS/DF/WRC/ NF/LC/GR) at Kirkennan and Munches Estates (SW), Doach Wood (FCS) & the superb stand of WH at Potterland.
Contact: George Moore 07564 778840/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

6-9th May : RSFS Annual Excursion based in Inverness. Led by RSFS North Region. See page 1 of RSFS website for full details and Booking Form.

4 June 10.00 (NE) Abergeldie Castle, Ballater AB35 5SY. Courtesy of John Gardon. Replanting after the ravages of Storm Frank.                                                                                     Contact Rosie Wilson Leagas: 07508 654444 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 June 09:00: Soils training day – Ae Forest, Dumfries, DG1 1QB. OS: NX 983 902. Hosted by Jens Haufe of Forest Research. Only 24 places. Cost £125 per person. 1 day introduction to identifying forest soils commonly found in South Scotland as a start to aiding tree species selection & ground preparation. Led by FC experts, includes both indoor and practical outdoor sessions looking at soils in the field. Contact George Moore, 0131 6340043 /This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5 June 10.00(C): Kilmun & Pucks Glen, Dunoon. RV: Kilmun PA23 8SE/OS ref: NS 175 812.
Invitation of Forest Enterprise. Renowned West Coast species trials.
Contact Nander Robertson 07836 722533 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

14 June 10:00: (LB/SW) AM: Douglas & Angus Estate, ML11 0RH. OS: NS847313. Courtesy of The Earl of Home. Mixed policy & coniferous commercial woodlands. Reinstatement of former open cast coal site with Aspen woodland planting. New planting sites/planting design, riparian planting, succession planting.
Contact Virginia Harden Scott, 01501 824197/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

27 June 10:00(LB): Drycleuchlea, near Roberton
TD9 7NF /OS: NT362158. New forest planting: approval & implementation (application process, design & cultivation). Hosted by Gareth Owen (Scottish Woodlands).
Contact: Gareth Owen 01835 823 353/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PM: Craik TD9 7NF (Redfordgreen). OS:NT364157 Hosted by John Ogilvie, Forest Enterprise Scotland. Planning for resilience in existing forests.
Contact: John Ogilvie 0300 067 6756 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3 July 10.00 (C/NE): Glensaugh, Laurencekirk
courtesy of the James Hutton Institute.. Glensaugh Hill Farm AB30 1HN/OS: NO 670 780
RV 10:00 at Farm Teaching Unit. Restocking upland forests within an experimental livestock unit.
Contact Nander Robertson 07836 722533 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10 July 10.00 (N): RSPB Abernethy Estate. BBC Countryfile’s Nature Reserve of Year 2017. RV Osprey Centre car park Loch Garten PH25 3EF/ OS: NH 978 185. By kind permission of RSPB. View conservation & sympathetic timber operations within Cairngorm National Park.
Contact: Rod Pimm 01463 731454 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

23 Aug 10.00 (SW/LB) Lockerbie / Eskdalemuir “Alternative Conifers” and ground prep in practice /on location. RV: Boreland village hall DG11 LH /OS:NY170910. Led by Andrew MacQueen (Tilhill) and George Birrell (Kronospan).
Contact George Moore 07564 778840 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

11 Sep 10.00 (LB) Newbyth Woodlands, East Linton, EH40 3DU/OS:NT594798 invitation of Dr James Bryce, hosted by Colin MacBrayne. Oakwood management & LISS. See effect of heavy thinning on free growth and a whole range of crop parameters.
PM: Saltoun Big Wood, West Saltoun, EH34 5EH. OS: NT464668. Invitation of Sir Francis Ogilvy. LISS well advanced after 10 years of intensive management. Natural regen is widespread, range of different crop types being actively respaced to create optimal species mix & stand structure. Discussion on stand management/ treatment of regen/ thinning & timber.
Contact Chris Allan01620 825 058/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

18 Sep 10.00(N). Lochluichart. Provisional RV OS Sheet 20 Map Ref. NH 332 635. Courtesy of the Leslie-Melville family to view an outstanding example of Environmental/ Silvicultural and amenity Forest management within a range of highland sites and habitats.
Contact: Rod Pimm 01463 731454 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

20 Sep (C) – Fife Area tba

22 Sep RSFS (5th) Annual Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition at Forrest Estate Experiences, St John's Town of Dalry. Can anyone beat Tilhill?

26 Sep 10.00 (SW) Moss of Cree. RV Riverbank Cafe, Newton Stewart, DG8 3EH. Bog Restoration on privately-owned former forestry site / land use in biosphere /water quality issues – examples of good practice – led by Crichton Carbon Centre / Peatland Action/ Galloway Fisheries Trust/ FCS.                                                                                                                                                  Contact: George Moore 07564 778840 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3 October 10.00(LB) The Haining, near Selkirk
TD7 5AA /NT468280 courtesy of The Haining Charitable Trust. Designed landscape and character trees.
ABM at lunch. PM: Big Wood OS Ref:NT469251 (layby on A7) courtesy of Tilhill Forestry: Commercial new planting & restocking.
Contact Jeremy Thompson 01896 850615 /This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

16 Oct 10.00 (C): Carron Valley, Denny courtesy of Forest Enterprise. RV 10:00 Carron Valley Forest Car-park. Map Reference: NS 722 837. Planning forest management at reservoir catchment scale.
14.00 Norbord, Cowie courtesy of Norbord Europe FK7 7BQ. OS ref: NS 835 889.RV at Works Entrance.
Significant GB SRW consumer, producing MDF, OSB and chipboard.
Contact Nander Robertson 07836 722533 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PLEASE DON'T FORGET THAT YOUR MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE DUE IN JANUARY.
We have had to make some small increases to cover costs but we have kept these to an absolute minimum.
Full Member £62 (£55 by Direct Debit, same as 2017)
Retired rate £55 (£50 by Direct Debit)
Student rate £30 (£27 by Direct Debit)
Family membership £80 (£75 by Direct Debit)

For those using Direct Debit, DDs will be collected on 22/01/18.

James Hepburne Scott

 

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James Hepburne Scott

October 2017