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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

Read the latest Policy Roundup from our Technical Policy Manager

28 May 2024

This month has been a busy one for consultations and political advocacy. Read about our evidence submitted to the Welsh Government and the House of Lords on skills, as well as updates from our representatives providing a strong voice to the wider sector.

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Institute welcomes four new Fellows in May

24 May 2024

The Institute’s Professional and Educational Standards Committee has approved the promotion of four new Fellows – David Hay FICFor (Scottish Forestry), Martin Osman FICFor (Chevron Green Consultancy), Richard Paton FICFor (Forestry Commission) and Mike Tustin FICFor (Tustins Group Ltd).

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Executive Director of the Institute speaks with Radio 4

30 April 2024

Louise Simpson was recently invited onto Radio 4’s Farming Today programme to discuss commercial forestry. Speaking with presenter Charlotte Smith, Louise outlined that the current negative public perception of commercial forestry, due to the tree felling involved, could be hampering efforts to grow more productive timber in the UK.

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Farming for Foresters Training Series

11 June, 9 July & 11 September 2024  |  Online

With one third of UK woodlands on farms, it is more important than ever that foresters have a better understanding of farmers and farming and the huge opportunities that agroforestry brings. These online sessions will enable members to understand how best to integrate and better manage trees in the farmed landscape from a position of understanding farm systems and enterprises.

Session one – Comprehensive introduction to farming enterprises and how trees can help meet farm challenges

Session two – Deep dive into farm businesses and how to pay for trees on farms

Session three – Designing the farmed landscape

Latest News


We are delighted to have awarded three Honorary Fellowships of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Sir Nicholas Bacon KCVO OBE FICFor (Hon) - Raveningham Estate Sir Nicholas Bacon is a respected lea...


Please see the below update from the Forestry Commission on the introduction of new plant health requirements following confirmation of eight-toothed spruce bark beetle findings in Suffolk and Norfolk...


Following on from the huge success of the first widely-acclaimed Emerging Leader Programme, the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is delighted to open applications for the second round of this ex...


We are delighted to announce that John Risby FICFor has been awarded the Institute’s Medal, our highest award, for his long-standing commitment to professional excellence in forestry. The son of a f...


As the Royal Chartered body for professionals working with trees in the public, private and third sectors, we represent a broad range of those working in trees including foresters, arboriculturists, e...


Following our online Council Elections in May 2024, the following candidates have been successful and will be appointed onto the Institute's Council at our Annual General Meeting on 21 June 2024. Fell...


One of the oldest “forestry universities” in the UK – and the first to offer a degree in forestry – is celebrating 120 years of forestry teaching. Bangor forestry graduates and staff will be c...


The Institute's Professional and Educational Standards Committee has approved the promotion of four new Fellows. David Hay FICFor – Woodland Officer (Moray) & STEM Ambassador, Scottish Forestry ...


We are holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) online on Friday 21 June from 12:00 to 13:00. We invite all members to attend to hear about the Institute's priorities, recent work and to vote on resol...


The battle against tree-disease spreading beetles such as the Emerald ash borer and the larger eight-toothed spruce bark beetle has taken a significant step forward today thanks to new Government fund...

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