What We Do

The Professional Body for Forestry and Arboriculture

What is Forestry?

Forestry is defined as the practice of all aspects of professional tree care, including forest and woodland management, arboriculture, urban forestry, environmental forestry and research, education and training in these fields.

Forests, woodlands and urban trees must be sustainably managed to meet society’s increasing demands for wood, recreation, amenity, conservation and economic development. With such pressure on the world’s forest resources, it is more important than ever before that the nation’s trees and woodlands remain in the hands of qualified experts. Managing them is a responsible task that requires the highest possible standards of professionalism, such as those exemplified by the Chartered Forester or Arboriculturist.

Chartered Foresters and Arboriculturists are employed in every branch of forestry and arboriculture and are experts in a wide range of specialist fields.

The Institute enables Chartered Foresters and Arboriculturists to apply their expert technical knowledge in the practice of their professional activities whereby all members are bound by a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as part of the Bylaws and Regulations of the Institute.

The Institute is a registered charity and must comply with a range of regulations governing the financial and other activities of charities. The government and control of the Institute and its affairs are vested in the Council.

In addition, the Institute has an active events programme of national conferences, seminars and workshops. Importantly, we also make representations relating to forestry and arboricultureas well as to matters of education and training in those fields, and respond to consultation documents in regards to forestry and arboriculture while maintaining liaisons with relevant government and non-government bodies.

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