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Institute announces accreditation of three sector graduate programmes

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Professional & Educational Standards Committee convened on the 18 May 2023 to approve the accreditation of graduate schemes offered by Savills UK, Scottish Woodlands, and Tilhill. Successful completion of the respective graduate schemes now offers individuals two additional Professional Membership Entry (PME) qualifying points, meaning graduates without an […]

Prestigious Institute awards presented at National Conference 2023

The Institute’s National Conference 2023: Connecting Trees, Farmers and Foresters took place in Birmingham last month and a number of prestigious awards were presented to well-deserving, long-serving members who have played important roles in shaping the Institute’s operations. Having dedicated his entire career to enhancing and promoting the professionalism of forestry, the Institute was delighted […]

Institute’s Executive Director speaks at Westminster Employer Forum

Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Louise Simpson, spoke at the Westminster Employment Forum’s recent keynote seminar – ‘Green skills – next steps for policy, and priorities for education and training, businesses, and the workforce’ on Tuesday 23 May. With the UK Government’s commitment to the creation of two million green jobs by […]

Scottish Forestry Trust announces award winners

The Scottish Forestry Trust has announced two joint winners of their Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award for 2023 which were presented at their recent Bursary Student Seminar at the University of Stirling and supported by Scottish Forestry. The first joint winner is Dr Heather Dun, now working in plant health with Forest Research who completed […]

Geraint Richards MVO FICFor elected as new President of the Institute

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected Geraint Richards MVO FICFor as the new President. Geraint succeeds Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, who has completed two years in the role. Andrew Sowerby FICFor, Director at Pryor & Rickett Silviculture, succeeds Geraint in the role of Vice President. Geraint is Head Forester for the Duchy of […]

Launch of the CAVAT Full Method: Guide for Practitioners

 The CAVAT Group are delighted to be launching the updated CAVAT Full Method on 27 March 2023, supported by a brand new fully illustrated Guide for Practitioners and survey spreadsheet.  The Full Method has been revised to address the under-valuing of those trees that are extensively managed to best fit with their context, for instance […]

Women in forestry mean business

Our Head of Policy & Partnerships, Jemima Cooper, recently wrote a blog for the Forestry Commission where she highlighted the women who work across our sector, tirelessly working to plan, grow, plant, establish, manage, harvest, process and research the timber our society needs. When I joined the Institute of Chartered Foresters in 2019 I had […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2023 – Call for Presentations now open

Building on the success of seven previous events, we’re delighted to announce the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) will return on the 7 November 2023. Proudly hosted by the Association of Tree Officers (ATO), Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and the Municipal Tree Officers’ Association (MTOA), this year’s conference will […]

Executive Director attends Trees and Forestry Stakeholder Forum

The Institute’s Executive Director, Louise Simpson, joined staff from Defra, the Forestry Commission and Natural England for the first in-person Trees and Forestry Stakeholder Forum, held at London’s Oval cricket ground on 2 March. The meeting focused on how to better support tree planting and care in the future, learn more about emerging issues and […]

Professional Forester of the Year Winner Announced at Confor Dinner & Awards 2023

The Institute is delighted to announce that Jonathan Callis MICFor, Senior Asset Manager at Network Rail, has won the inaugural Professional Forester of the Year award. Presented at the Confor Dinner & Awards 2023, the award recognises contributions to the betterment of forestry on a community, regional, national or international level. Professional Forester of the Year is awarded […]