The Forestry Skills Forum (FSF) is dedicated to promoting education, skills, learning and development across the forestry sector in England and Wales. Members comprise the sector’s leading authorities, charities, companies, educational institutions and training providers. The FSF is an independent group, supported by The Forestry Commission and is currently chaired by the Director for Lantra Scotland. The work of the forum is informed by members and by four subgroups:

Schools Sub Group  - led by Becky Wilkinson

CPD and training Sub Group – renamed Skills Group  - led by Louise Simpson

College and University Sub Group  - current Trailblazer group – led by Steve Fowkes

Attraction and Retention – led by Liz Barron Majerik


Man in a forest

Purpose and Aims

The purpose of the Forestry Skills Forum is to:

  • Agree actions across the forestry sector on priority skills and education issues
  • Share information and resources among members
  • Advocate and promote education, learning and development in British forestry.


The primary objectives of the Forestry Skills Forum are to:

  • Support the development and delivery of a Skills Action Plan
  • Challenge and encourage the industry and employers to take the lead with the skills and learning agenda
  • Inform and influence qualification development and professional/educational interaction
  • Represent the sector on education, learning and development issues.


Are you interested in online study? Here are a few courses that might be of interest...

At the undergraduate level (HN to degree) you can study the following remotely through the Scottish School of Forestry, which is based at Inverness College UHI:

  • PDA Forestry
  • HN Forestry 
  • BSc Hons in Forest Management.

If you are interested in Masters level study you can study the following at the University of Bangor:

  • MSc Agroforestry & Food Security 
  • MSc Forestry
  • MSc Tropical Forestry
  • MSc Tropical Forestry (with International Commonwealth Scholarship).


Royal Forestry Society Courses

In 2020 the RFS offered a number of online training courses available to members and non-members. Their 2021 programme is live now.

Woodland to Workshop Courses

Woodland to Workshop courses are available here. In agreement with the Institute of Chartered Foresters, members of the Institute are able to claim up to a maximum of 24 hours CPD for attendance and participation in these courses.