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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

Professional Forester of the Year 2024 – Shortlist announced

19 February 2024

We’re delighted to announce the four shortlisted candidates for the 2024 Professional Forester of the Year, the prestigious award that recognises outstanding service to the profession and the sector.

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Policy Roundup - January 2024


31 January 2024

Welcome to the first Policy Roundup of 2024, with lots to look forward to in the year ahead. Read about our recent consultation responses and the work of your representatives, providing a strong voice.

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Institute Fellow awarded MBE in New Year Honours

9 January 2024

The Institute is delighted that Tom Jenkins FICFor, Head of Forest Research in Wales, has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Forestry Sector in the New Year Honours 2024 list.

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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.

Latest News

19/02/2024

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce the four shortlisted candidates for the 2024 Professional Forester of the Year, the prestigious award that recognises outstanding service ...

29/01/2024

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news The Institute is delighted that Tom Jenkins FICFor has been awarded th...

19/01/2024

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are back for 2024 after a wonderful celebration in 2023. And this year four key areas form the focus of the prestigious Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – climate, c...

09/01/2024

The Institute is delighted that Tom Jenkins FICFor has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Forestry Sector in the New Year Honours 2024 list. Currently...

05/01/2024

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) welcomes the recent upgrade to farming schemes announced by the Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP on Thursday 4 January 2024. As the biggest update to the UK’s fa...

19/12/2023

In December 2023, Trefor Owen FICFor was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree (DSci) from Bangor University for his contribution to Public Service. Trefor is a senior Welsh forestry profession...

18/12/2023

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news Emerging Leader Programme A webinar was held on 5 December, showcasing...

13/12/2023

On 7 December 2023, the National Wood Strategy for England was launched at Confor's UK Policy Conference in London, where lead author Tom Barnes from Vastern Timber discussed the strategy's key points...

06/12/2023

We are pleased to announce that the Professional and Educational Standards Committee has promoted three new members to Fellows of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Gareth Hare FICFor Tree and Land...

04/12/2023

Applications for the next cohort of the innovative Professional Forester Apprenticeship programme reopened on 2 December as part of National Tree Week. The programme, a partnership from the Forestry C...

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