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.

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Policy Roundup - October 2021

25 October 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.

Read the blog.

Trees for the Future Conference

20 October 2021

Our Executive Director and Vice President will be speaking at the Trees for the Future conference that is taking place on 3 & 4 November at the University of Birmingham.

Find out more

Forestry skills crisis –
Institute position paper

11 October 2021

On 7 October we sent a position paper to Ministers detailing our concerns about the skills shortage in our sector, which we believe puts climate targets at risk.

Read the executive summary or download the full paper here.

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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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....


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 In early October we...


The fungus-like pathogen, Phytophthora pluvialis, was first discovered in Oregon, USA in 2013. It is associated with a variety of species, having been known to affect western hemlock, tanoak, pine and...


Stakeholders are now being invited to comment on the Second Revision Draft of UKWAS 5. The consultation draft has been prepared by a chamber-balanced working group reflecting economic, environmental a...


According to Forest Research's Forestry Facts & Figures 2021 report, the total woodland area in the UK has increased by 23,000 hectares since 2020. The publication includes UK statistics on woodla...


We were delighted to appoint Tom Jenkins FICFor as the ICF representative on the Defra Tree Health Policy Group (THPG) last month. Tom is Head of Forest Research in Wales. Historically there has been ...


Members should be aware of some recent amendments to Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements in relation to the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO). These amendments come after the collective wor...


Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News Consultation Responses It has been a busy month for policy at the Inst...


A consultation was launched on 21 September 2021 to inform a new plant biosecurity strategy for Great Britain.  This GB-wide consultation is directly relevant to anyone who has an interest in, and re...


The Scottish Forestry Trust recently announced the appointment of four new Trustees, including two Chartered members of the Institute, who will take up their posts on 1st January 2022. Established in ...

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