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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.

A Strong Voice for the Profession

Institute launches first-ever UKFS e-learning programme

16 July 2024

We are delighted to have launched the first-ever UK Forestry Standard e-learning programme, funded by Defra’s Trees Call to Action Fund, that will let tree professionals get to grips with the 5th edition in a new and engaging way.

Find out more.

Read the latest Policy Roundup from our Technical Policy Manager

26 June 2024

In June’s Policy Roundup, you can read about our first International Study Tour in Germany, our political advocacy work ahead of the general election on 4 July and a welcome to newly elected members on our Council.

Find out more.

Meet our new members of Council

21 June 2024

Following our AGM on 21 June, we are pleased to announce the members who have been elected onto our Council. Corporate members of the Institute voted online to elect these new Councillors who will serve a minimum of one term of two years.

Meet our new Council members.

Farming for Foresters Training Series

11 June, 9 July & 11 September 2024  |  Online

With one third of UK woodlands on farms, it is more important than ever that foresters have a better understanding of farmers and farming and the huge opportunities that agroforestry brings. These online sessions will enable members to understand how best to integrate and better manage trees in the farmed landscape from a position of understanding farm systems and enterprises.

Session one – Comprehensive introduction to farming enterprises and how trees can help meet farm challenges

Session two – Deep dive into farm businesses and how to pay for trees on farms

Session three – Designing the farmed landscape

Latest News


The Institute's Professional and Educational Standards Committee has approved the promotion of four new Fellows. Sam Brown FICFor - Senior Forest Operations Officer, Natural Resources Wales Sam joined...


The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has launched an accredited e-learning programme to help tree professionals get to grips with the latest edition of the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS), which com...


Tim Scott-Ellis MICFor, Managing Director of Evolve Tree Consultancy, has been representing the Institute on behalf of the South West England Member Network at the Royal Cornwall Show for many years. ...


Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news Trees for People, Place and Nature: Growing Trees for Tomorrow’s Nee...


Ahead of the UK General Election on 4 July, the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF) has outlined the environmental priorities the next government must implement with urgency during its time in office. A ...


We are delighted to have awarded three Honorary Fellowships of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Sir Nicholas Bacon KCVO OBE FICFor (Hon) - Raveningham Estate Sir Nicholas Bacon is a respected lea...


Please see the below update from the Forestry Commission on the introduction of new plant health requirements following confirmation of eight-toothed spruce bark beetle findings in Suffolk and Norfolk...


Following on from the huge success of the first widely-acclaimed Emerging Leader Programme, the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is delighted to open applications for the second round of this ex...


We are delighted to announce that John Risby FICFor has been awarded the Institute’s Medal, our highest award, for his long-standing commitment to professional excellence in forestry. The son of a f...


As the Royal Chartered body for professionals working with trees in the public, private and third sectors, we represent a broad range of those working in trees including foresters, arboriculturists, e...

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