Founded in 1882, the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) is one of the largest and longest established educational charities dedicated to promoting the wise management of wood and trees. We do this by:
Fostering public understanding and awareness of the benefits of actively managing trees and woods;
Advancing education and research and building expert knowledge in all aspects of forestry, arboriculture and allied sciences;
Inspiring people to bring more woods into management and to manage them to the highest standards.
Our work spans:
• Sharing learning and best-practice through publications and woodland meetings for our members;
• Education for children and young people through our Teaching Trees programme;
• Developing and recognising talent and skills through bursaries, training and awards;
• Raising awareness of issues affecting woodlands to government and media;
• Owning and managing three demonstration woods.
The RFS has a diverse membership of 3,500+ members including woodland owners, professional foresters, arborists, countryside professionals, conservationists, lecturers, students and people with an active interest in learning about the care of woods and trees. Everybody is welcome. We do not represent the interests of any single group and so are a source of unbiased information for anyone caring for woodlands.
Our woodland meetings are widely regarded as exceptionally valuable learning and networking experiences. They are good fun too.
Our aim is to be recognised and respected for the excellence of our educational work and as the charity of choice for all those with an active interest in the responsible management of trees and woods.
The work of the RFS is funded through donations, grants, legacies and corporate sponsorship, together with membership subscriptions.
We are a Registered Charity (No. 306093) and also a charitable company limited by guarantee incorporated in England & Wales (No. 5306975). Our VAT registration number is 697 9058 62.