John Parker MICFor appointed CEO of the Arboricultural Association

After five years as Chief Executive Officer of the Arboricultural Association (AA), Stewart Wardrop has announced his retirement and John Parker MICFor, the AA’s current Technical Director, will take over from 1 July 2021. Appointed as the Arboricultural Association’s first Technical Director in August 2019, John has been a major influence in shaping and developing […]

ICF President and Executive Director speaking at Accelerating Woodland Creation Conference

The Institute’s President, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, spoke at Accelerating Woodland Creation and Management 2021. Sharon joined a panel discussion about the critical role of trees in a green recovery, alongside Paul Brannen, Director of Public Affairs at CEI BOIS; Stephanie Rhodes, Delivery Director – England Tree Planting Programme, Forestry Commission; Dominic Driver FICFor, Head of […]

Queen’s Green Canopy initiative launched

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron, has planted a tree to launch The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) – a unique, UK-wide tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, by inviting people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.” Her Majesty The Queen joined The Prince of Wales for the first […]

Reopened Urban Tree Challenge Fund will plant 44,000 trees

The Forestry Commission and Defra have opened the third round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund that will support the establishment of 44,000 large trees in towns and cities across England. Focussing on areas with higher social deprivation with fewer trees, particularly near schools and healthcare centres, the fund will support people’s health and wellbeing, […]

Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor elected as President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor as the new President. Sharon succeeds Alastair Sandels FICFor, who has completed two years in the role. Geraint Richards FICFor, Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall, succeeds Sharon in the role of Vice President. Sharon is the first Chartered Arboriculturist, and only […]

Institute Vice President chairs cross-sector landscape debate

The Institute’s Vice President, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, recently chaired a thought-provoking cross-sector debate on the importance of landscape architecture in woodland design. The event was organised by the team at Landscape Matters, a project founded in November 2020 by the Landscape Architects Edward Hutchison and Brodie McAllister BA DipLA FLI FHEA. The aim of Landscape […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2021 – Invitation to Present

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the National Tree Officers Virtual Conference 2021. Building on the success of five previous NTOC events, and in light of continued uncertainty around face-to-face meetings, the conference will take place entirely online on the 2nd and 3rd November. Developed by tree officers for tree officers, the National Tree […]

Institute’s Executive Director gives Evidence at EFRA Committee

In March, the Institute’s Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor gave evidence at an EFRA Committee meeting on the critical skills shortage in forestry. The session was on land-based education and Shireen was joined by Tim Bradshaw, Vice President of NFU, and Alex Payne, Chief Executive of Landex. The following day the committee announced they […]

Institute Responds to National Planning Policy Framework

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consulted on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. We worked with our partners, the Arboricultural Association and the Landscape Institute, and were advised by an expert group from across planning and urban forestry.     Our key points were: Support for tree-lined streets Urging strategic links […]

Have Your Say on Arboriculture & Forestry Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship standards, launched in 2017 and 2018, are being reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and can meet the needs of our industries. To ensure we have the right workforce for the future, the Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group for the Arborist, Forest Operative and Landscape or Horticulture Operative and Horticulture or Landscape Supervisor apprenticeships is […]