Institute launches Professional Forester of the Year award

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce the launch of the Professional Forester of the Year award, a prestigious new award recognising outstanding service to the profession and the sector. The award will recognise contributions to the betterment of forestry made within the last three years. The Professional Forester of the Year award may […]

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 Medal Award Recipients Announced

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce that Tom Jenkins FICFor and Dr Gary Kerr FICFor CEnv have been awarded the Institute’s Medal. The Institute’s Medal is our highest honour – given to individuals who demonstrate a continued commitment to professional excellence and service in forestry. It is presented to those whose work reaches […]

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2022 – “Don’t be shy!”

The submission deadline for entries to Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2022 is only two weeks away. Here, Angela Douglas FICFor outlines why you should get involved… Chartered Foresters are modest types on the whole. They go about their work skilfully and professionally, without necessarily shouting about its high quality. Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are committed to ensuring […]

Institute awards two Honorary Fellowships

 We are delighted to appoint Tony Kirkham MBE and Sue James AA Dipl RIBA as Honorary Fellows in recognition of their service to the advancement of arboricultural knowledge. Before retiring in 2021, Tony Kirkham MBE had a distinguished 43-year career as Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticultural Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where […]

Dr Felix Oboite awarded 2021 Silvicultural Prize

The Percy Stubbs and John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (Silvicultural Prize) is awarded annually for work advancing the sector’s knowledge of silviculture published in the Institute’s prestigious journal Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research. We are delighted to award Dr Felix Oboite, Stewardship Forester with the British Columbia Ministry of […]

Scotland’s ‘Tree Oscars’ back with renewed climate focus

Scotland’s ‘Tree Oscars’ are back for 2022 after a highly successful programme in 2021 saw worthy winners ranging from the country’s largest landowner Anders Holch Povlsen to a tiny nursery school. Mr Povlsen and Wildland Ltd won the prize for New Native Woods in Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2021, for Killiehuntly in the Cairngorms – […]

Award showcases the best climate-adapted woodlands in England ahead of COP26

Rapid environmental change seriously threatens the health of our trees and woods. Now five award winning woodlands in England are being held up as outstanding examples of adaptation to climate change. The Perridge Estate near Exeter and the Morton Hall Estate near Retford jointly won the All-England Woodland Resilience Award for Existing Woodlands. They both […]

Institute members recognised in delayed RFS forestry awards

After the Royal Forestry Society’s Excellence in Forestry awards for 2020 were delayed due to the pandemic, judging was able to take place in 2021 after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the winners have been announced. There are five categories of awards and judges praised the quality, quantity and variety of entries and shortlisted […]

Celebrating Scotland’s Finest Woods

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ organisers are advising anyone interested in forestry, woods and related projects in Scotland that the usual limit to the number of people attending the ceremony does not apply to this year’s online event. Normally, the popular awards are held at the Royal Highland Show and numbers have to be limited due to space […]