Policy Roundup – September 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news It has been a time of change at every level – within the Institute, in the sector, in the political landscape and in the monarchy. We have a new Prime Minister, a […]

Funded forestry programme launches call for woodland owners and innovators

A new three-year programme has launched to bring more woodland into active management in the North East and Yorkshire by working with woodland owners and forestry innovators. Northwoods, a programme funded by the Forestry Commission through the Woods into Management Forestry Innovation Funds (WiMFIF) – part of the UK Government’s Nature for Climate Fund – […]

Our tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Institute of Chartered Foresters joins with people around the globe in mourning the loss of Her Majesty The Queen. The creation of The Queen’s Green Canopy to mark her Platinum Jubilee will be a fitting legacy for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. The Institute of Chartered Foresters remains honoured that Her Majesty saw fit to award […]

Initial Notification of Arboriculture Fatality

As a member of the HSE’s Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG), we regret to inform members of another fatality in the sector. The incident, which took place in Devon in late June 2022, involved an arborist who was killed when he became trapped under a tree. It is ever more important to raise and […]

Forestry apprenticeship launched in England

Last week, the Institute’s Education & Outreach Officer, Dr Rob Hawkins, and Head of Policy & Partnerships, Jemima Cooper, attended the launch of the UK’s first degree-level apprenticeship in forestry at Cannock Chase Forest. It was a day of celebration, welcome and induction for the 27 new apprentices who gathered alongside supporting guests, and those […]

New woodland creation schemes in Wales

Farmers, foresters and landowners in Wales have been involved in the development of two new Woodland Creation Grant schemes which are now open for applications. With £2 million available for the first application window this year, and a further £30 million for the following two years, the schemes will support the transition to the Sustainable […]

Policy Roundup – August 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news Consultations We are submitting evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry on supporting the UK timber market and reducing global deforestation. Our main points will be about decarbonisation and circular economy, bringing […]

Have your say on the latest sector issues

Express your views on the UK timber industry, managing impacts of deer in England and land reform in Scotland     How can we grow the UK timber industry and reduce global deforestation? The Environmental Audit Committee is seeking views on the sustainability of the UK’s timber industry and its links with imports of key […]

Policy Roundup – July 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute news Launch of leadership programme Funded by the Trees Call to Action Fund and in partnership with Clore Social Leadership, this month we were delighted to announce the launch of the Discover Programme […]

Institute President calls for action after UK heatwave

With temperatures exceeding 40°C, the UK recorded its hottest ever day on Tuesday 19 July. These extreme heatwaves are becoming more common due to the climate crisis but trees play an important role by storing carbon, boosting biodiversity and, in urban areas, can reduce the effects of heat by up to 10°C. In order to […]