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 - August 2023

24 August 2023

Read the round up from the Institute this month, including recently appointed Fellows, an update from the Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group, and information on the current vacancies on our Nurseries Special Interest Group.

Read the blog.

Institute publish paper with CIEEM on bringing woods into management

4 August 2023

Our joint position paper, Management of Existing UK Woodlands: An Opportunity for Green Prosperity, calls on governments and agencies across the UK to bring about an urgent step change in the sustainable management of existing woodlands.

Read the position paper.

Louise Simpson writes to Environment Minister

2 August 2023

The Institute’s Executive Director, Louise Simpson, has written to Trudy Harrison MP (Minister for Natural Environment and Land Use) to initiate a meeting, following the publication of the Environmental Audit Committee report.

Read the letter.

National Study Tour 2023

Diversity in Lowland Private Estate Management

26 & 27 September 2023

We are pleased to open bookings for our 2023 National Study Tour that will see members visit The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, a leading scientific research institute focussing on plant pathology, and Holkham Estate, Norfolk’s largest private estate with a National Nature Reserve and grade one listed historic parkland. The National Study Tour Dinner will take place on the first day at the Mercure Norwich Hotel.

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