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 […]

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day takes place on 8 March every year and the Institute’s #ILookLikeAForester campaign was created to celebrate all women working in arboriculture and forestry. Women are still underrepresented in our sector and there is more work to be done on diversifying the workforce. We need to ensure that people from all genders and backgrounds […]

Institute Responds to Planning Reforms

The Institute has responded to the government consultation on planning reforms, emphasising the importance of considering trees and woodland properly in the planning process. We were advised by a group of members and other experts working in planning, arboriculture and urban forestry. We also worked with a number of prominent organisations including the Arboricultural Association, […]

Your Chance to Input on Four New Apprenticeships

The Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Landscape Apprenticeship Group has gained approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to develop four new apprenticeships. Once complete, these will be supported by the Government’s apprenticeship scheme and will be available for training providers to offer across England. Employers, with the support of training professionals, have been […]

Our Response to the England Tree Strategy Consultation

The England Tree Strategy is an immense opportunity, with high risk and reward On behalf of our members and the profession, we have responded to the consultation on the development of an England Tree Strategy. Along with the questionnaire, we wrote a covering statement setting out our position as an organisation. Read our Response Our […]

Forestry Sector Responds to the England Tree Strategy

The England Tree Strategy presents a huge opportunity to shape the future of England’s treescapes while combatting the climate and nature crises. With the consultation closing on Friday 11 September, we have been working with the Royal Forestry Society and Confor to produce a forestry sector response highlighting six priorities for the strategy going forward. […]

COVID-19 – Member Survey Results

In early April, two weeks into lockdown, we issued a survey to find out how Coronavirus (COVID-19) was affecting our members. We wanted to fully understand the challenges so we could better support members and share results with government bodies to help them support the sector. The survey was launched on the 9th April and […]

National Tree Officers Virtual Conference 2020 – Invitation to Present

Building on the success of previous conferences, and in light of the ongoing situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19), we’re excited to announce the fifth National Tree Officers Conference is being moved online. This month-long event, developed by tree officers for tree officers, is a fantastic opportunity for tree, woodland and planning officers to present to their […]

COVID-19: Essential Working Information

Updated: 21/04/20 The Institute has received a significant number of enquiries from our members seeking clarification around the recently implemented restrictions on working practices. The government has not stipulated that all businesses should close and have advised that people can go to work if they cannot do so from home. The UK Government’s document, Staying […]

Laying the Groundwork for Managing Ash Dieback in Scotland

Jonathan Callis MICFor, Senior Asset Engineer at Network Rail, attended Scotland’s Ash Dieback Risk Group meeting, coordinated by Scottish Forestry, last month in Edinburgh. With the help of a newly formed Ash Dieback Risk Group, Scotland is gearing up to deal with a significant increase in damage likely to arise from ash dieback over the […]