The Institute of Chartered Foresters is the Royal Chartered body for tree professionals in the UK
and can award the titles Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist.

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Policy Roundup - May 2023

25 May 2023

Read the round up from our Connecting Trees, Farmers and Foresters conference and recent policy and partnership work, including our response to the Scottish Forestry consultation on the future of grant support for forestry.

Read the blog.

Institute’s Executive Director speaks at Westminster Employer Forum

23 May 2023

Louise Simpson spoke at the recent ‘Green skills–next steps for policy, and priorities for education and training, businesses and the workforce’ seminar. 

Find out more.

Shona Smyth MICFor featured in new Women in Forestry video

18 May 2023

The Institute’s Senior Technical Officer, Shona Smyth MICFor, was interviewed by the Forestry Commission for their new video on the role of women in forestry.

Watch it here.

Early Career Professionals Study Tour

Trees, Regeneration and Communities

28 – 29 June 2023

Join us for a tour of Greater Glasgow that will explore a range of projects with diverse objectives all linked to a common theme of the regeneration of previously industrial sites near urban communities.

Latest News


Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Professional & Educational Standards Committee convened on the 18 May 2023 to approve the accreditation of graduate schemes offered by Savills UK...


The Climate Change Committee (CCC) recently published the briefing, A Net Zero workforce, outlining the impact of a transition to Net Zero by 2030, and how the transition will affect workers across a ...


Funded by Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund, the AWDev (NCF): Ancient Woodland and Development Impacts project aims to deliver evidence that will underpin future policy, practice, and sector guidance ...


The Institute’s National Conference 2023: Connecting Trees, Farmers and Foresters took place in Birmingham last month and a number of prestigious awards were presented to well-deserving, long-servin...


Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news New President and Vice President Appointed Following our AGM on 25 Apr...


Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Louise Simpson, spoke at the Westminster Employment Forum's recent keynote seminar – 'Green skills - next steps for policy, and priorities...


On behalf of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group, we regret to announce that a member of public was killed when a tree fell onto their car in Buckingham...


The Scottish Forestry Trust has announced two joint winners of their Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award for 2023 which were presented at their recent Bursary Student Seminar at the University...


Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected Geraint Richards MVO FICFor as the new President. Geraint succeeds Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, who has completed two years in the role....


Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news New Cabinet Secretary for forestry in Scotland The Institute welcomed ...

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