ICF National Conference 2019: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry

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Past, Present and Future

ICF, Institute of Chartered Foresters

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Thank you to our headline sponsors: Drax Group and Tilhill Forestry.

Media partner: Forestry Journal 


Forests are increasingly being relied on to provide a sustainable future for the planet and are vital for achieving many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. An increasing use of timber is looked on as the best solution for a low carbon future. The benefits to individuals spending time within forests are now widely acknowledged, and many of the world’s poorest people rely heavily on trees and forests for their livelihoods.

Understanding of the influence of forests on the wider environment, including their role in combating climate change, safeguarding biodiversity and protecting water catchments, is increasing. Although the level of deforestation and forest degradation is falling, it is still too high – with a net loss, worldwide, of 3.3 million hectares per year. At a time when the importance of forests has never been so widely recognised, where do professional foresters fit in? How can they best use their skills and expertise to address these global challenges? Will young British foresters even have the chance to continue to influence forestry globally?

Although we are a small island, the UK has a surprising influence on the global forestry stage. We are one of the largest net importers of timber. We also import other products, such as palm oil and soya, which are driving deforestation. This means that we influence forests far beyond our shores.  Meanwhile, we are also one of the biggest donors of forest-related development assistance, and some of our world renowned institutions and experts continue to play a major part in shaping the future for the world’s forests.

Put the future of your profession in your diary – 10 to 11 April 2019, and book now.

Examination School Oxford

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Situated in the heart of Oxford, the Examination Schools is is easily accessible via a range of public transport methods or is within easy walking distance of many of Oxford’s landmarks. The main entrance to the Examination Schools faces the High Street.

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Delegates will hear from some of these influencers, both from the UK and overseas, and explore the UK’s role in global forestry, its past, present and future. Among them will be:


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Lady Margaret Hall

Lady Margaret Hall

Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner Venue: Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QA

This venue has been chosen for its impressive high, beamed ceiling, ranks of arched windows, wooden panelling and portraits from past eras – all evoke the continuity and tradition of Oxford University.

Don’t miss this opportunity for a memorable evening with your peers. How often do you get to have a fine dining candlelit setting like this?

Where to Stay

If you require accommodation for the National Conference, ICF has secured a limited number of rooms at:

  • Queen’s College – SOLD OUT
  • Lady Margaret Hall

SOLD OUT – The Institute has secured a limited number of rooms at a great rate of only £102.90 per night within the beautiful grounds of the Queen’s College in the heart of Oxford – just a three minutes’ walk to the conference venue. https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/bed-breakfast

The Institute has arranged overnight stays for the night of Wednesday 10 April at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) – where the conference dinner will be held. LMH is a short taxi ride or a 20 minute’s walk to the conference venue. The Institute has secured a limited number of rooms at £78 for a single and £105 for a twin (cost includes breakfast and VAT) per night. Secure your room today at https://www.universityrooms.com/en-GB/city/oxford/college/lmhoxford using promo code ICF2019

If you experience any problems booking Lady Margaret Hall please contact conference@lmh.ox.ac.uk

Promote your Company at the Conference

Contact the Institute to discuss sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

Annual General Meeting

The Institute of Chartered Foresters Annual General Meeting for members will take place during the conference at the Examination Schools, starting at 17:15hrs on Wednesday 10 April 2019. There is no charge for members who wish to attend the AGM only.


CPD points are allocated on a self-assessment basis and may not be appropriate for all disciplines/professions. As guidance, ICF Professional Members attending the full conference, AGM and the Conference Dinner may record up to 18 CPD hours in accordance to the relevance to their own personal development plan.


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