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Policy Roundup - November 2023


23 November 2023

This month has been one of slight turbulence for the sector, with Rishi Sunak appointing Steve Barclay as Secretary of State and Robbie Moore as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra – who will take on forestry responsibilities is still to be confirmed. As we approach the end of the year, we also took a look back at some of our highlights from 2023.

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Chartered Forester leads on study that predicts catastrophic forest ecosystem collapse

10 November 2023

Dr Eleanor Tew MICFor has led on a recently-published article in the journal Forestry that shares results from a recent horizon scanning exercise warning of the multiple emerging threats to woodlands, including tree disease and extreme weather, in the next 50 years.

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Institute to organise Woodland Creation Summit in Scotland

3 November 2023

Forestry and land management leaders will come together on 12 December in Perthshire to solve barriers and agree on future actions to increase woodland creation in Scotland. The summit will be Chaired by Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon and organised and managed by the Institute.

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Trees, People and the Built Environment 5

Working together for a resilient urban future

23 & 24 April 2024  |  Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham & Online

Trees are increasingly put forward as part of the solution to the most urgent challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. For 2024, this fifth Trees, People and the Built Environment (TPBE5) hybrid conference will examine two very different roles for trees – how they can improve the quality of place for both people and nature and how they can contribute to the net zero carbon ambition for buildings and the built environment. This is a partnership conference brought to you by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, CIRIA, Institution of Structural Engineers, Landscape Institute, RIBA and the Trees and Design Action Group.

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Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news Woodland Creation Summit In June 2023, a delivery action plan was ann...


We’re coming to the end of another busy year and the Institute of Chartered Foresters has been as productive as ever in 2023.Take a look at some of our highlights from the past year. Our membership ...


The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has appointed former health secretary Steve Barclay as the new Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). This comes after fo...


An article published in the Institute's Scientific journal, Forestry, has hit the headlines this week after the results from a recent horizon scanning exercise were published warning of the multiple e...


The National Association of State Foresters (NASF America) were quick off the mark with the film release of Barbie in July 2023. They produced a suite of forestry careers in a Facebook post less than ...


Industry leaders from the forestry and land management sectors will meet in Perthshire next month to agree additional actions to boost the creation of new woodlands in Scotland.   The Woodland Creat...


Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news On 28 September, the Institute's Executive Director Louise Simpson att...


Early Bird Tickets now available Conference at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham and Online – 23 & 24 April 2024 How can trees contribute to the quality of place for both people and nature? How can...


The fifth edition of the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) was published on 3 October, following an extensive review process. The aim of the review was to ensure the UKFS remains upto date, balanced in term...


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is inviting applications for two new members on the Trees and Woodlands Scientific Advisory Group (TaW-SAG), an advisory, Non-Departmenta...

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