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

All four governments engage with Institute's skills position paper

23 November 2021

Our skills paper has received strong support from ministers across the UK. We have also had productive meetings with Màiri McAllan MSP (Scottish Government) and Lee Waters MS (Welsh Government) to discuss the urgent action needed.

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Policy Roundup - November 2021

22 November 2021

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute, recent sector news and how you can get involved.

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Executive Director meets natural and built environment CEOs

2 November 2021

The Institute’s Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor, has attended a six monthly meeting with CEOs from the natural and built environment sectors.

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National Tree Officers Conference 2021

2 & 3 November 2021

Organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers’ Association (MTOA), the Association of Tree Officers (ATO) and hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, this influential event will showcase the latest research, best practice and innovation in different areas of local authority tree, woodland and planning work.

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Despite the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic, the Institute has had another remarkable year. We have picked out some of this year's highlights: 122 new members joined in 2021 1960 members and...


Last month, we sent our position paper on the forestry skills crisis to leaders across the country. The paper cited projected workforce shortages, a crisis in further and higher education and the lack...


We have received another response on the back of our position paper on the skills crisis. Edwin Poots MLA, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister in Northern Ireland, has sent a letter of...


Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News Our Position Paper on the Forestry Skills Shortage Last month we launc...


We are pleased to have received another response to our position paper, Can’t See the Skills for the Trees, this time from Scotland's Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform, Màiri M...


According to Defra, the UK's new environmental legislation leads the way on a global level, aiming to improve air and water quality, tackle waste, increase recycling, halt the decline of species, and ...


Our position paper on the serious skills shortage in our sector has received another response from the UK Government. Alex Burghart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills, from the Depa...


In early October, we sent this position paper to Ministers across the UK detailing our serious concerns about the skills shortage in our sector, which we believe puts climate targets at risk. The pape...


After a pledge for more collaboration between professional institute's at the Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 conference at the start of the year, our Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MB...


Rapid environmental change seriously threatens the health of our trees and woods. Now five award winning woodlands in England are being held up as outstanding examples of adaptation to climate change....

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