Our History

History of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

The Institute was founded in 1925 as the Society of Foresters of Great Britain. It became the Institute of Foresters in 1974 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1982, becoming the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). Its objectives have always been: the maintenance and improvement of the standards of practice and understanding of all aspects of forestry and arboriculture, the protection of the public interest and the promotion of the professional status of Foresters and Arboriculturists in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Now approaching 100 years of its existence, ICF has undertaken its remit with a determination to support the tree management professions while promoting the proper care and management of forests, woodlands and trees throughout the UK.

The Future of Professional Forestry and Arboriculture

Nearly a century after its establishment, ICF is the leading professional body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK, providing platforms for professional learning and collaboration on the latest research, news and issues facing the sector. The Institute now has over 1,600 members representing a wide range of roles in the sector – from forest managers, rangers and consultants to arboriculturists, urban foresters and research scientists.

The Institute is working with both industry and higher education institutes to promote forestry and arboricultural career paths to young people, in order ensure to the continued growth of this dynamic sector.