Celebrate International Women’s Day with #ILookLikeAForester

Help us encourage people to join our profession and make it more diverse.

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is calling on foresters and arboriculturists worldwide to help celebrate women in our profession using #ILookLikeAForester.

On Friday 8 March 2019, International Women’s Day (IWD), we are again encouraging anyone to join the #ILookLikeAForester #BalanceforBetter conversations on social media. #BalanceForBetter is the theme for IWD 2019. The Institute will be proactive on Twitter on IWD, if you are using Twitter don’t forget to tag us @TheICF. This campaign is not just for women, we would love to see the men in our profession help by searching #ILookLikeAForester Twitter posts and liking and sharing.

The campaign will celebrate the diverse experiences of arboriculturists and foresters.

At present only 1 in 7 of our members are women and the figure is even lower in the wider sector in the UK. Some studies have shown that 93% of the UK workforce is male and only 7% female.

Organisations with a wide range of employees have a broader skill set, varied experience and differing points of view, all of which combine to give an economic and business advantage.

Help us rise above social media noise this IWD – we can’t do this without you!

Let’s encourage others, of all genders, to join our profession this year and together make it more diverse.

The campaign will showcase a broad spectrum of exciting opportunities in arboriculture and forestry to raise awareness, helping to encourage people to choose this career path.

Women across the profession will be posting images on social media of themselves on IWD to illustrate their work and the inspiring role they play.

A special message from our Executive Director, Shireen Chambers FICFor

We’ve teamed up with leading bodies in the sector such as Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, Tilhill Forestry, Scottish Woodlands and more to highlight outstanding women.

You can get involved by using the hashtags #ILookLikeAForester #BalanceForBetter with messages that defy stereotypes and spread the word on how women are excelling in our profession.

Read our mini interviews with females who excel in the world of arboriculture and forestry.

Rebecca Barnes, Arborist, Urban Sustainability, City of Melbourne

Read Rebecca’s case study >>

“I really like trees. I’ve traveled around Australia and the world climbing trees and competing in tree climbing championships, and have enjoyed getting to know some of the many that share a passion for the trees and urban forest.”


Rachel Chamberlain FICFor, Forest Planning Team Leader, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales

Read Rachel’s case study >>

Rachel loves “working in a sector that is sustainable and really is thinking about the future rather than just talking about it.”


Boel Hammarstrand, Arborist, Sweden/UK

Read Boel’s case study >>

“I love doing climbing competitions and I travel around the competing and sharing knowledge.”


Alison Field FICForAlison Field FICFor, Area Director, Forestry Commission England

Read Alison’s case study >>

Forestry “has led to a fascinating career in the UK, overseas and with both the private and public sector.”


Josephine Hedger, founder of Arbor Venture Tree Care and Arbor Venture Training

Read Josephine’s case study >>

“I have won the International Tree Climbing Championship three times and the European Championship four times.”


Sasha Laing MICFor, Regulations & Development Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland

Read Sasha’s case study >>

“Forestry gives me the opportunity to work as much outdoors as indoors; in the public, private and third sectors; and in both technical and non-technical fields.”


Jean Nairn, Technical Support Manager, Scottish Woodlands

Read Jean’s case study >>

“Forestry is a great STEM career choice for those that like the outdoors and are fascinated by the magic of trees and the many benefits they offer, as well as being computer literate and a good communicator.”


Penny Oliver, National Team Manager, Forestry Commission England

Read Penny’s case study >>

What I love most about my job is “the people and the forests.”

Dr Eve Over MICFor, Glastir Woodlands Implementation, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales

Read Eve’s case study >>

“It is inspiring to learn about multiple benefits that trees provide to society and to share this knowledge with individuals who want to plant and manage woodlands.”


Lucy Pitt, Technical Forester, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales

Ready Lucy’s case study >>

“I love the variety my job brings [in forestry].”


Caroline Riches MICFor, Forest Resource Planner, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales

Read Caroline’s case study >>

“There is so much more to forestry than meets the eye.”


Llinos Roberts, Glastir Project Support Officer, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales

Read Llinos’ case study >>

“What I love most about my job is that every day is different from the other.”


Lacey Rose, Professional Forester, Renfrew County, Ontario

Read Lacey’s case study >>

“It’s amazing to be surrounded by people who have so much pride in their work and so much care for the forest.”


Shona Smyth, Harvesting Contracts Manager, Tilhill Forestry

Read Smyth’s case study >>

“Forestry has an almost community feel. Being a small industry everyone knows everyone! I also love the outdoor element of my job. No two days are the same and the need to be reactive to situations keeps you on your toes.”


Amelia Williams MICFor, Arboricultural Officer, Test Valley Borough Council

Read Amelia’s case study >> 

“I have found [being a tree officer] to be a fulfilling career and it helps me share my passion for trees.”


Jenny Wilson, Technical Recreation Advisor, Forestry Commission England

Read Jenny’s case study

“I fell into forestry by accident, but I’ve stayed in the sector deliberately because it gives me the deeper job satisfaction that I’ve always been looking for.”

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