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Royal Scottish Forestry Society


The two awards for best papers published in the past twelve months in Scottish Forestry were presented at the Inaugural RSFS/SFT Annual Lecture  on 19th March at the Budongo Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh Zoo.


The Sir George Campbell Memorial Trophy was awarded to Dr Andrew Cameron and Dr Bill Mason for their paper “Western Hemlock: Are We Ignoring One of Our Most Useful Species?  This is a well-written, authoritative paper and makes the case for this species to be used in mixed species stands to produce timber of as good quality as other commonly grown species.  Unfortunately Andrew was not able to attend; Bill accepted the trophy on behalf of both. Pictured is Dr Bill Mason receiving the trophy from Dr David Rook.



The Neil Findlay Memorial Trophy is awarded to papers which are not detailed accounts of conventional forest management, forest protection or research, but portray wider perspectives of people’s involvement with trees, woodlands and the environment.  Mr Keith Muir’s paper “Shedding Light on Dark Matter” was considered the best and most interesting paper in this category. This is an account of the Galloway Forest Park which has become one of the certified International Dark Sky Parks. Keith in accepting the trophy encouraged us to visit this special forest site. Pictured is Mr Keith Muir receiving the trophy from Dr David Rook.



Members will recall that £350 was raised for Tree Aid at our Annual dinner - the latest news from Tree Aid is below.


Winner of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society's Photo Competition Spring 2013 - View picture here

Congratulations to Campbell MacDonald from Torphichen who scooped first prize in the RSFS Photo competition. His photo of Loch Tay, taken in the evening light in March of this year and celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland, was a clear winner. Tesco sponsored the competition and the prize will soon be on its way to Campbell.
Thank you to all those who sent in photos.