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

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new opportunities

14 July 2021

We are looking for two Chartered members to take up representative roles on sector groups and committees concerning certification and tree health.

Find out more here.

The Institute's Vice President gives keynote speech at Treescapes 2021

8 July 2021

A number of Institute members, including Vice President Geraint Richards MVO FICFor, have contributed to the University of Birmingham’s Treescapes 2021 conference.

Find out more.

Policy Roundup
June 2021

1 July 2021

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what initiatives the Institute has been getting involved in recently and where you can get involved in too.

Read the roundup for June 2021.

Climate Smart Forestry

The Institute of Chartered Forester’s National Conference 2021 and National Conference 2022 will both focus on ensuring our members are equipped to deliver on UK-wide tree planting aspirations currently proposed by the government. Meeting these aspirations requires expertise across all areas of the science and art of forestry and a thorough understanding of the fundamentals, including the site selection, soils, species choice and silvicultural practices that underpin the successful creation and management of our woodlands.

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The National Planning Policy Framework was revised on 20 July 2021 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. This revised Framework replac...


There are a number of vacancies to fill on the Forestry Commission's Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees (FWACs) and we strongly encourage Chartered members in England to demonstrate their expe...


As part of the National Forest for Wales Programme, a connected network of forests which will span the length of Wales, the Welsh Government have just launched The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG). Th...


Members are advised that several new breeding populations of the eight-toothed spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus, have been identified in Kent. Defra, Forestry Commission and the Animal and Plant He...


Despite common misconceptions, street trees do not remove pollution from the atmosphere, but instead redistribute pollution by changing air currents within streets and beside open roads. The positioni...


A post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is to be adopted when the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity takes place in October 2021. Building o...


Treescapes 2021 this week has been a fantastic showcase of research, packed with presentations and workshop discussions from a huge range of talented tree professionals. Hosted by the Royal Forestry S...


On 30 June 2021, the Secretary of State has announced the next stage of Environmental Land Management scheme (ELMs) development and Defra have published a progress update that sets out the changes: g...


Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too. Institute Policy & Research It’s been a busy month at the Ins...


Held in Cornwall in June 2021, the G7 Leaders’ Summit brought together leading democracies to help the world build back better, and greener, from the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders from Canada, France, ...

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