Bangor University appoints two more professors in the forest sciences

Two staff members have been awarded professorships in the recent round of promotions at Bangor University. Andy Smith was appointed as Professor of Forest Ecology; his research and teaching focuses on silviculture, ecophysiology, biogeochemistry and tree-soil interactions, with an emphasis on species diversity and ecosystem function in undisturbed and managed forests. Graham Ormondroyd was appointed […]

Institute’s Nurseries Special Interest Group seeks new members

Following its successful establishment, the Institute’s Nurseries Special Interest Group is looking for three members to join this dynamic group. Are you involved with commercial and/or urban nurseries either in procurement, biosecurity, tree breeding or research? Are you passionate about raising the profile of the nursery sector? This is a fantastic opportunity to encourage engagement, […]

Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committees – Recruitment 2023

The Forestry Commission (FC) is looking to appoint individuals with expert knowledge and a passionate interest in forestry and woodlands issues into vacancies available on their Forestry and Woodland Advisory Committees (FWACs). Appointments will commence from 1 December 2023 for a period of up to three years. There are a total of nine FWACs across […]

Oak Processionary Moth identified in Derbyshire

Members of the public are being asked to remain vigilant after a number of oak trees in the Long Eaton area of Derbyshire were confirmed to be infested with the tree pest Oak Processionary Moth (OPM). The trees are currently being treated and extensive surveillance work is ongoing to further investigate the findings and to […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters Opens Chartered Environmentalist Registration to Associate members

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is aiming to boost the environmental professional community through the introduction of a brand-new route to Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status. Associate members of the Institute can now pursue Chartered Environmentalist registration without first having to achieve Chartered Arboriculturist or Chartered Forester status. This represents a significant change for the Institute, […]

Head of Policy & Partnerships looks back on her time with the Institute

Following nearly four years with the Institute, Jemima Cooper is stepping down from her role as Head of Policy & Partnerships on the 29 June 2023. Here, Jemima looks back at her time with us and shares what she’s enjoyed about working in the sector. When I first saw the job description for the role […]

Excellence in forests and woodlands honoured at ‘Tree Oscars’

A forest designed to fight against climate change, a young farmer mixing trees and pigs, and a community woodland in a country park were all honoured at Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2023. Coupled with a special award for forestry which balanced commercial aims with biodiversity and the wider environment, as well as a woodland planted […]

Fellow of the Institute new Chair of the SocEnv Board

On 6 June 2023 the Society for the Environment held its 19th Annual General Meeting, where Dougal Driver FICFor CEnv was elected Chair of the Board. The SocEnv 2023 AGM was formed of voting Members in General Meeting who represent each of the Society’s Member Bodies. For the first time, the newly formed Nominations Committee provided […]

Institute’s Senior Technical Officer speaks at Healthy Hillsides event

The Healthy Hillsides project is a Welsh Government-funded partnership programme designed to reduce the impact of wildfires across the South Wales Valleys. The project is steered by Natural Resources Wales, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales and demonstrates collaboration with wider partners […]

Emerging Leader Programme: A look back at the first group meeting

With just one week before the second residential of the Emerging Leader Programme takes place, we look back at the first and hear from one of the participants on how they found the experience.   Towards the end of March, 35 arboriculture and forestry professionals gathered in Ashorne Hill, Leamington Spa to undertake the first […]