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Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2024 – One Month Left to Nominate

There is now just over one month left to nominate for Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards! Jean Nairn, Executive Director of Scotland’s Finest Woods, gives us an insight into what we can expect this year… The landscape is changing, in more ways than one. Forestry and farming are now working more closely together with agroforestry becoming […]

Professional Forester of the Year 2024 – Shortlist announced

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce the four shortlisted candidates for the 2024 Professional Forester of the Year, the prestigious award that recognises outstanding service to the profession and the sector. This award recognises the contributions made by Chartered Arboriculturists or Chartered Foresters to the betterment of forestry on a community, regional, […]

Climate, community, forestry and farming at the heart of Scotland’s Finest Woods 2024

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are back for 2024 after a wonderful celebration in 2023. And this year four key areas form the focus of the prestigious Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – climate, community, forestry and farming. The environment is central to everything the awards are about and the competition for the Climate Change Champion Trophy […]

Institute Fellow awarded MBE in New Year Honours

The Institute is delighted that Tom Jenkins FICFor has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Forestry Sector in the New Year Honours 2024 list. Currently the Head of Forest Research in Wales, Tom’s long and distinguished career has led to a wealth of tree knowledge […]

Institute responds to farming scheme updates

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) welcomes the recent upgrade to farming schemes announced by the Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP on Thursday 4 January 2024. As the biggest update to the UK’s farming schemes since leaving the European Union, we’re pleased to see trees on farms moving up the agenda based on their wider benefits to business […]

Call for Institute Representatives

Do you want to actively help shape your profession? The Institute has two opportunities arising for member nominations to represent us on the following groups: FISA Steering Group – Please note for this role the nominee must be a member of FISA, or join, thus agreeing to support the Accord and act as a FISA […]

Catching up with Jonathan Callis MICFor – Professional Forester of the Year 2023

The work of those who manage trees, woodlands and forests has never been more important. With nominations currently open for Professional Forester of the Year 2024, we recently caught up with Jonathan Callis MICFor, winner of the inaugural Professional Forester of the Year award, to find out what winning the award meant to him and his […]

Institute responds to new timber in construction roadmap

A new document outlining the opportunities and barriers to the use of timber in construction in England was published by the Department for Environment Food & Rual Affairs on 11 December, centred around seven priority themes. The Institute fully supports the ambitious timber in construction roadmap which highlights a collaborative forestry and affiliate sector vision to boost […]

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, […]