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Firing Ambition – Forestry Journal (May 2017)

Necar, W. 2017. Firing ambition: what turns people on to forestry as a career. Forestry Journal (May 2017): 54-55


More than 70 organisations are supporting the Charter for Trees, Woods and People (Tree Charter) which will be launched in Nov. 2017. As part of their Future Foresters programme, supported by the Prince’s Countryside Fund, the RFS has been speaking to active members of the Tree Charter Student Council, about their career choices and their future career ambitions. Their response shows that our young professionals identify diverse career directions and opportunities as making a positive difference in society by working in the forestry sector.

Article published May 2017, re-posted here with thanks to the Forestry Journal.

Wilson, T., and A. Todd. 2017. RFS qualifications in arboriculture, forestry and silviculture. Quarterly Journal of Forestry 111(2): 84-86


This article provides an overview of the RFS Certificates in Arboriculture, Forestry and Silviculture. These are capstone qualifications for arboriculture and forest operatives, combining theory qualifications at QCF Level 2/3 with a suite of at least 8 practical skills certificates of competency. The article provides a description of the certificate structure and application process.

Fowkes, S., and T. Wilson. 2016. The difference between arboriculture and forestry. Pro Arb Magazine 3(9): 22-24.


Pro Arb caught up with Steve Fowkes of the Forestry Commission and Ted Wilson, Royal Forestry Society (RFS) education manager to define the differences between arboriculture and forestry. The interview is reported here in full.

Article published September 2016, re-posted here with thanks to the publishers.

Wilson, T. 2015. So you want to work in Forestry? Forestry Journal Jan 2015: 22-23


Plotting a career as a forester or arborist is not easy; whilst the profession is dynamic and has many exciting avenues, identifying the right place to start is a challenge in itself. Here, Ted Wilson gives us his ‘Top 10 Tips’ for establishing a career in forestry, forest conservation and arboriculture.

Article published January 2015, re-posted here with thanks to the publishers.

Wilson, E. R. 2017. Higher Education Courses in Forestry, Arboriculture and Urban Forestry in the United Kingdom, for entry 2017-2018. Information Note, Royal Forestry Society. 2 pp.


An information note with details of the foestry, arboriculture and urban forestry courses currently being offered at Higher Education colleges and universities in the United Kingdom.The information note includes links and details of accreditation for each course registered with the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Prepared June 2016.

Wilson, E. R. 2017. Map of HE Colleges and Universities offering courses in Forestry, Arboricultue and Urban Forestry, for entry 2017-18. Information Note, Royal Forestry Society. 1 pp.


A map showing the location of the principal colleges and universities in the UK offering higher education courses and qualifications in foestry, arboriculture and urban forestry. Prepared May 2017.