The Institute of Chartered Foresters regularly makes representations in response to consultation documents on a wide variety of forestry and arboricultural issues and interests as well as to matters of education and training in those fields whilst maintaining liaisons with relevant government and non-government bodies. These responses can all be found on the Members’ Area library. Our members serve on a number of high-profile panels and expert groups while maintaining liaisons with government and non-government organisations in relation to tree management issues.

Applicants Focus Group

This group was set up to advise Forestry Commission England on the management and development of grant schemes, regulations and regulations administration systems in England, as well as advising on regional partnerships and cooperation with the private sector, and on assessing the implications of governmental and EU-led practice changes and policy for the forestry and woodland management sector.

ICF representative: Neville Elstone MICFor and Graham Garratt FICFor

UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS)

UKWAS was established by a multi-stakeholder partnership in 1999 with an aim to developing and promoting a high quality certification standard for forest management on behalf of forestry and environmental communities operating in the UK. Its aim is to apply this standard for the general benefit of people working in forests throughout the UK and for people who utilise forests for recreational purposes.

ICF representatives: Simon Hart FICFor, Stuart Willkie FICFor and Elaine Dick MICFor

FCS Customer Representative Group (CRG)

The Group aim to look at the forestry grants within FCS and to consider in detail the structure of the grants including grant rates, eligibility criteria and mechanisms. In addition, they consider what is and what is not working, any unintended consequences, and present their suggestions for improvements which could improve delivery and reduce complexity in future.

ICF representative: Andrew Vaughan FICFor

Society for the Environment

The Society for the Environment is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated by Royal Charter to award Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status to professional individuals through its licensed members, which include the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

ICF representative: Ross Weddle MICFor CEnv

New Forest Consultative Panel

The New Forest Consultative Panel is an advisory forum made up of representatives from more than eighty organisations with an interest in the New Forest National Park and its surrounding area.

The Panel itself ensures the proper conservation of the Park, the promotion of its natural amenities for use and enjoyment by the general public – with a regard for people’s diverse needs and recreational uses.

ICF representative: Mark Carter FICFor

British Standards Technical Committee

The British Standards Institute (BSI) technical committee meets on an ad hoc basis in order to determine BSI standards for the forestry industry.

ICF representative: Dealga O’Callaghan FICFor

Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG)

TDAG was formed under The London Tree and Woodland Framework, with the remit of creating awareness of the needs for facilitating the inclusion of trees within the built environment and to establish the conditions required to achieve this.

ICF representative: Martin Gammie MICFor

Arboriculture & Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG)

AFAG meets twice per year and has members from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Trade Unions and the forestry industry. The group aims to make recommendations on a range of health and safety issues to the Health Safety Environment and Community (HSEC) and  Agriculture Industry Advisory Committee (AIAC).

ICF representative: Paolo Bavaresco MICFor

Glastir Woodland Stakeholders Group

The Group exists in order to engage in communication of the Welsh Government’s Glastir sustainable land management scheme for farmers and land managers across Wales.

ICF representative: Charles Gittins MICFor

Green Infrastructure Partnership

The Green Infrastructure Partnership brings together representatives from local communities, civic and environmental groups, local government, planners and developers, academia and central Government to establish a better dialogue to address how green infrastructure can be enhanced in England to strengthen ecological networks and ecosystems services, and improve communities’ health and well-being.

ICF representatives: Martin Gammie MICFor

Scottish Tree Health Action Group

The aim of the Scottish Tree Health Action Group is to advise the Scottish Government on certain tree health matters.

ICF representative: Matt Hommel MICFor

GB and NI Tree Health Advisory Group

The GB and NI Tree Health Advisory Group supports the delivery of country strategies for addressing tree health issues by facilitating a cross border perspective. It acts as a forum for discussing the Forestry Commission’s approach to tree health and biosecurity.

ICF representative: Ben Quarcoo MICFor

Tree Health Policy Group

The group advises the Government as it develops policy on tree health for England in order to improve; the overall health of our trees and the resilience of forests, woods and non-woodland trees to established and future pests and pathogens.

ICF representative: Jon Heuch MICFor

National Tree Safety Group (NTSG)

NTSG was formed in 2007 of a number of organisations with an interest in tree risk management. The group aims to carry out research into tree risk, produce a set of basic principles as a framework for tree safety in the public interest, and produce a widely-accepted, broad guidance document on tree safety management for landowners and managers.

ICF representative: Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor