Keynote Session Speakers for International Urban Trees Conference Announced

With urban forestry high on the political and social agenda, the first keynote session speakers for the UK’s foremost international urban trees research conference are confirmed, highlighting the critical importance of creating resilient towns and cities for the 21st Century and beyond. More than 50% of the world’s population now live in cities which are […]

The Institute Welcomes Scottish Government’s Forestry Programme

The Institute of Chartered Foresters has today (Thursday 05 September) welcomed the commitment from the Scottish Government to plant more trees over the coming year and invest more funding into the sector. Commenting on the commitment to plant 12,000 hectares over 2019/2020 with an additional investment of £5 million, the Institute’s Executive Director Shireen Chambers […]

ICF Awards UK’s Emerging Forestry and Arboricultural Talent

Foresters and Arboriculturists of the future have been recognised in the annual Student Awards from the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the only professional body in the UK to award chartered status. Each year the Institute presents the awards to top students who have studied at universities and colleges in the UK which run ICF-accredited forestry […]

Is CPD Enough?

 Josh Roberts MICFor, Policy Advisor at Scottish Forestry, reports on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the Institute of Chartered Foresters.  I don’t think of the annual CPD obligation as a target to reach to stay in the Institute’s good books. And I reckon, deep down, that’s not how the Institute sees it either. My Continuing […]

Call for Papers Deadline Extended for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4

International Conference in UK The call for papers for the international cross-discipline urban tree and infrastructure conference Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 has been extended to Sunday 1 September 2019. The 2020 conference takes place at the University of Birmingham on 22 and 23 of April, and follows on from acclaimed events in […]

Arboriculture Has Vital Role in Housing Development and Highways Maintenance

Arboriculturists have a vital role in helping developers make sure they take on board new Government advice to plant more trees, and in maintaining trees along the nation’s highways, according to the UK’s professional body which awards Chartered Arboriculturist status. Responding to Communities Secretary James Brokenshire’s call for developers to plant more trees and green […]

Tremendous programme announced for Tree Officers Conference

The programme for the National Tree Officers Conference 2019, the only major event in the UK dedicated to tree officers, has been unveiled. It will take place at Reading Town Hall on Wednesday 6 November. The conference, organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters Welcomes Climate Change Legislation Amendment

The Institute of Chartered Foresters has today (Wednesday 12 June) welcomed the amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008 which puts the UK on a path to become the first major nation to eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050. “Planting trees and managing our existing forests are universally regarded as significant in […]

Professional Foresters Welcome Gove’s Urban Tree Planting Plan

The Institute of Chartered Foresters has welcomed the announcement from Environment Secretary Michael Gove that £10 million funding is being made available to plant more than 130,000 trees in England’s towns and cities. It is also urging professional foresters to make sure their views are known as the Government prepares to consult on a new […]

Call for Papers Issued for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 International Conference in Birmingham

A call for papers has been issued for Trees People and the Built Environment 4, the international cross-discipline urban tree conference with a focus on both research and practice held every three years in the UK. Proposals for presentations can now be submitted for the conference which takes place at the University of Birmingham on […]

New President and Vice President elected at ICF Annual General Meeting

Alastair Sandels FICFor is the new ICF President and Sharon Hosegood FICFor the new Vice President, both elected at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting in Oxford on 10th April 2019. They will hold their positions for two years. Alastair Sandels FICFor is currently Managing Director of Trioss, a business providing consultancy to people, organisations and […]

International Urban Tree Expert to Chair Global Conference in Birmingham

Renowned expert on trees, green spaces and public health in urban environments, Professor Cecil Konijnendijk, is to chair one of the foremost international conferences on tree research and urban greenspace which comes to Birmingham in 2020. Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 (TPBE4), an international event which is held every three years, encompasses the […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2019 – Call for Presentations Now Open

Building on the success of the last three conferences, the fourth National Tree Officer’s Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). This is a great opportunity for tree, woodland and planning officers to present to their peers […]

Celebrate International Women’s Day with #ILookLikeAForester

Help us encourage people to join our profession and make it more diverse. The Institute of Chartered Foresters is calling on foresters and arboriculturists worldwide to help celebrate women in our profession using #ILookLikeAForester. On Friday 8 March 2019, International Women’s Day (IWD), we are again encouraging anyone to join the #ILookLikeAForester #BalanceforBetter conversations on […]

Arboriculturists Biking for Biosecurity

Starting from Stonehouse, on the edge of the Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire, at around 2.30am on a cold, and likely wet and windy morning on Thursday 6 December, four members will be riding to the Houses of Parliament to deliver the biosecurity message in person at the official release of the Arboricultural Association (AA) Guidance Note: Application […]

World Experts drawn to Oxford for Global Forestry Conference

Duncan Pollard MICFor from Nestlé, sustainability expert, will address the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) annual flagship two-day conference. The UK’s Role in Global Forestry – Past, present and future will be held on 10-11 April at the Examination Schools in Oxford. Forests are increasingly being relied upon to provide a sustainable future for the […]

Exploring Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships in Forestry and Arboriculture

What next for forestry and arboriculture apprenticeships? Ros Burnley, Director of Adrow Ltd, provides an insight into how employers need to be proactive in developing professional apprenticeships “Over 70% of the businesses stated that they would consider taking on a higher level apprentice”. Apprenticeship reform in England has been happening since 2014 and tree-related industries […]

Urban Tree Establishment

TreePans is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC). With a continued push to plant more trees across the country, its never been a more difficult time to establish trees in our urban environment. As an urban forester, I always struggled to keep my trees mulched and watered and also the grounds teams […]

Bellway Homes TreeBunker

Wrekin Products is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC). The Holmwood Park development of new homes in Ferndown, Dorset, has been created by Bellway Homes Ltd on a site surrounded by large green spaces including 1,000 acres of stunning parkland and forest. The aim of the new residential development was to create an […]

Promoting preparation: Tree health & biosecurity plans

Forestry Commission is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  If a notifiable pest or disease were to be found affecting a tree, woodland, or forest under your management, what would be your response? Would you: Take early retirement? Ask yourself where you are going to find the additional time and funding to […]

Remote Sensing Technologies for Tree Disease Management: A Case Study

2Excel geospatial is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  This article presents research conducted to investigate the potential capabilities of airborne hyperspectral imagery for the assessment of ash dieback in a hedgerow environment. Hyperspectral imagery consists of hundreds of narrow bands across the visible and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum providing […]

2018 National Tree Officers Conference Programme Announced

The acclaimed National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) programme is now live. The 2018 NTOC will have a broader reach than ever with presenters from across the UK and beyond with delegates hearing from a local authority officer, Lars Schultz-Christensen, working in Copenhagen, Denmark. The programme will cover a variety of subject areas as per below: […]

Booking opens for the UK’s only dedicated Tree Officer Conference

The acclaimed National Tree Officers Conference will return to Telford, 6 November 2018. Last years’ outstanding event hosted more than 230 delegates from local authorities and private practice around the UK, who travelled to Telford last November. This is the only major conference dedicated to the needs of Tree Officers. More than 93% of last […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2018 – Call for Presentations Now Open

Building on the success of the last two conferences, the third National Tree Officers Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). This is a great opportunity for tree/woodland/planning officers to present to your colleagues on the latest […]

2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Recipients Announced from the UK and Canada

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. The Institute’s Student members Tom Haynes and Michael Wilson from the University of Cumbria were selected among talented competition as the United Kingdom applicants, while Daniel Root from the University of Toronto and Erin […]

Interview with Chief Pilot at BioCarbon Engineering

Speaker Day 1: Planting trees using drones Hester McQueen, ICF Marketing and Communications Officer, interviews Jeremie Leonard as he prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: Innovation for Change. What technological and/or other developments do you envisage making an impact on the sector in the next few years? In BioCarbon Engineering we are working […]

Do you want to speak at the next National Tree Officers Conference?

Express an interest… Share your knowledge and experience with other professional tree officers in the UK, this is your opportunity to help bring excellence to the industry by presenting at the next National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC). With the last National Tree Officers Conference the most successful yet, we want to try and build on […]

Jon Ryan, shares his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2017

Jon Ryan, Team Manager (Arboriculture) at London Borough of Islington, tells us about his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2017. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? I sat in the audience the previous year and decided that I had no excuse not to submit an abstract. Although […]

Sarah Kiss shares her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2017

Sarah Kiss, Senior Tree Officer at Southampton City Council, tells us about her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2017. Why did you decide to submit an abstract?  I kind of got cornered in an NTOA conference call! I asked a question and someone said it would make a good […]

Greg Packman shares his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2017

Greg Packman, Aboricultural Officer at The Royal Parks, tells us about his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2017. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? It was originally suggested to me by a friend who attended the conference that I should consider doing this because I have built […]

Strong Collaboration between Professional Planners and Arboriculturists

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has partnered with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) to deliver Trees in the Planning Process, a half-day seminar on April 13, in Oxford. It will highlight the importance of trees and landscapes in urban greenspace design alongside the considerations of those involved in the planning application process. While […]

Institute breaks Membership Applications and Awards of Excellence records

2017 saw another record number of applicants promoted to Professional Member status. The Institute awarded the prestigious chartered status to 43 applicants this year. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) demonstrated an exceptional professional standard this year as six members’ of their team have been awarded charter status, with four outstanding applicants who were awarded Awards for Excellence. […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2018 Opens for Applications

A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients and two Canadian recipients. Now in its fourth year, the Award is a partnership initiative between The Prince of […]

World-Leading Canadian Forestry Innovators Drawn to Edinburgh For Major Conference

Francis Charette from FPInnovations, the world leader renowned for its part in supporting the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness, has agreed to travel to Scotland to address the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) annual flagship two-day conference. Innovation for Change – New drivers for tomorrow’s forestry will be held on 2-3 May at Edinburgh International […]

Andy Lederer reports on the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference

Andy Lederer, ICF Development Director, attended the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference in November – the UK’s only dedicated national tree officers conference which hosted 240 delegates from local authorities around the UK. Andy reports on his experience. On Wednesday 8 November 2017, Telford in Shropshire saw the largest gathering of local authority tree, woodland and planning […]

TreePans Protecting the UK’s Next Generation of Trees

TreePans is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  TreePans Director, Russell Horsey MICFor, reports on the upcoming conference and TreePans. TreePans “Protecting Trees, Protecting Our Future”. It was really positive to see the launch of the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) last year and TreePans were keen to support the second conference, […]

The Race is on for the UK’s only Dedicated National Tree Officers Conference Tickets

The acclaimed National Tree Officers Conference will return to Telford, 8 November 2017. The outstanding inaugural event hosted more than 200 delegates from local authorities around the UK, who travelled to Telford last November. This is the only major conference dedicated to the needs of Tree Officers. More than 97% of last year’s delegates felt […]

2016: A Year in Forestry and Arboriculture

Throughout 2016 the ICF blog has showcased member opinions on the maelstrom of political and other changes and what they have meant for forestry and arboriculture. As the year draws to a close, ICF Executive Director Shireen Chambers FICFor looks back on the most important events and their impact on the sector.  The winter of […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2017 Opens for Applications

A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a CAD$12,000 bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients. Award winners, chosen from student and graduate applicants in the partner countries, gain valuable professional experience through an […]

Early Bird Booking Opens for Trees, People and the Built Environment 3

Early bird booking has opened for an acclaimed urban trees research conference. Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE3) will return to Birmingham University, 5-6 April 2017. The triennial conference is a unique gathering of built and natural environment professionals, working towards the shared goal of enhancing green infrastructure. It provides an important platform […]

The Silvicultural Prize

The Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (The Silvicultural Prize) is awarded annually by the Institute to the author(s) of the paper which, in the opinion of the Editors, best meets the criteria set down by the anonymous donor of the Prize Fund. The winning papers from the past ten […]