History of the ICF

History of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

The Institute of Chartered Foresters was founded in 1925 as the Society of Foresters of Great Britain. It became the Institute of Foresters in 1974 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1982. Its objectives have always been: the maintenance and improvement of the standards of practice and understanding of all aspects of forestry and arboriculture, the protection of the public interest and the promotion of the professional status of Foresters and Arboriculturists in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Now approaching 100 years of its existence, ICF has undertaken its remit with a determination to support the tree management professions while promoting the proper care and management of forests, woodlands and trees throughout the UK.

From Our Archives

For nearly a century, our organisation has been at the forefront of the development of knowledge in the field of forestry and arboriculture. Our legacy is one of promoting expertise and facilitating the needs of experts working in collaboration for the furtherance of the profession.

Over the decades, our members have been responsible for groundbreaking discoveries and technical breakthroughs in a variety of areas in the science of forestry. Fascinating and important contributions to the scientific heritage of tree study abound in the archives of our publications, many of which offer a glimpse not only into the tree and woodland science but into the wider role of the forester and arboriculturist both in the natural and social history of the UK.

The photograph shows members of the Society enjoying a moment of repose during a visit to the coastal woodland of Culbin in Morayshire, 1947.

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