THE Donald Randle Trust enables the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) to offer bursaries to support members to travel overseas to enhance their forestry knowledge. This year, six RFS Randle Travel Bursaries have been awarded, covering forestry-related  projects in Georgia USA, south-west Norway, Uganda, France, Iceland and Costa Rica.

The projects investigate a wide range of topics. Among them, Toby Allen will be learning about methods for mechanising chestnut coppice products in France, Tom Benson is looking at how Iceland has moved from a country known for being relatively treeless to one which is reforesting using native and introduced species, and Jacob Bouma will be joining the Cloud Forest Research project in Costa Rica.

Corinne Deal will be investigating how modern logging activities have been affected by man’s historic activities in swamp landscapes  in Georgia, USA, while Stephen Mwangi will be looking at drivers, opportunities and challenges of Forest Certification in Uganda.

Emily Warner will be in south-west Norway assessing the potential for forest regeneration in the Scottish Highlands, using Norway’s successful regeneration efforts.

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