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Trees, Planning and Development in Scotland

How can the planning system, policy and practice help protect and expand our trees and woodlands which make up our Urban Forests? We are delighted to be a Lead Partner on this event hosted by the Trees Design Action Group (TDAG) that will explore how the planning system, policy and practice can help protect and […]

Professional & Educational Standards Committee vacancies

Two vacancies have arisen for membership of the Professional and Educational Standards Committee (PESC). Reporting to Council, this is the Institute committee that oversees the examinations and membership procedures, promotes professionalism among the members and oversees the CPD process. The Institute’s regulations stipulate that members serve for two years plus an additional two years if […]

Successful Scotland-based ‘Emerging Leader Programme’ Applicants

Ten forestry professionals, living and working in Scotland, have been welcomed onto the Institute of Chartered Forester’s ‘Emerging Leader Programme’ with places funded by Scottish Forestry. Beginning in January 2023, the programme offers a fantastic opportunity for those who work and volunteer with trees to develop the skills necessary to ensure trees, forests and woodlands […]

Call for apprenticeship assessors

Along with other organisations, the Institute has worked hard to develop a number of apprenticeships across the sector. As they are launched and students enrol, the training providers require external experts who are able to carry out assessment of students’ abilities following the End Point Assessment criteria. If you are interested in becoming one of […]

Forestry and arboriculture fatality notification

We regret to inform members of two fatalities in the sector. Initial fatal notification (2022-04) – worker killed from contact with machinery Initial fatal notification (2022-05) – person struck by tree during felling work Please ensure you are aware of the following health and safety guidance: Risks to users from firewood processing machines ( FISA […]

Institute Fellow receives prestigious ISA award

Dr Mark Johnston MBE FICFor was recently awarded the 2022 International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) R.W. Harris Author’s Citation. This award of distinction is given to authors who consistently publish timely and valuable content related to the field of arboriculture. The ISA Awards of Distinction, presented by Bartlett Tree Experts, are the highest honors given […]

Institute attends Network Rail conference

Network Rail Drainage and Lineside Conference – 28 September 2022 The Institute was offered the opportunity to exhibit at the Network Rail Drainage and Lineside Conference in Nottingham by Graham Owen MICFor, an invitation taken up by the Education & Outreach Officer, Dr Rob Hawkins. Neil Strong MICFor and the star of the Institute’s #NurtureGrowThrive […]

Initial Notification of Arboriculture Fatality

As a member of the HSE’s Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG), we regret to inform members of another fatality in the sector. The incident, which took place in Devon in late June 2022, involved an arborist who was killed when he became trapped under a tree. It is ever more important to raise and […]

Institute President calls for action after UK heatwave

With temperatures exceeding 40°C, the UK recorded its hottest ever day on Tuesday 19 July. These extreme heatwaves are becoming more common due to the climate crisis but trees play an important role by storing carbon, boosting biodiversity and, in urban areas, can reduce the effects of heat by up to 10°C. In order to […]