Chartered Foresters lead on UK’s first ecosystem-service-verified forest

Ardura forest on the Isle of Mull has been successful in achieving the first Ecosystem Services impact verification in the UK from the Forest Stewarship Council (FSC). The forest is managed in partnership by the Mull and Iona Community Trust, who have been managing Ardura since 2019, and TreeStory, an ecologically focussed forestry and green investment […]

Bangor University appoints two more professors in the forest sciences

Two staff members have been awarded professorships in the recent round of promotions at Bangor University. Andy Smith was appointed as Professor of Forest Ecology; his research and teaching focuses on silviculture, ecophysiology, biogeochemistry and tree-soil interactions, with an emphasis on species diversity and ecosystem function in undisturbed and managed forests. Graham Ormondroyd was appointed […]

Institute welcomes new Fellows

We are delighted to announce that the Professional and Educational Standards Committee has promoted five new members to Fellows of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Fellowship recognises an individual’s dedication, experience and achievements and should be the ambition of all members. Dr Sallie Bailey FICFor Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, […]

Former President awarded Myerscough Honorary College Fellowship

Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor has been recognised by Myerscough College for her outstanding contribution to arboriculture and forestry. President of the Institute from 2021 to 2023, Sharon is a Chartered Arboriculturist and Fellow of the Arboricultural Association, with a wealth of experience in local government and contracting. She has been the Director of Sharon Hosegood Associates […]

Excellence in forests and woodlands honoured at ‘Tree Oscars’

A forest designed to fight against climate change, a young farmer mixing trees and pigs, and a community woodland in a country park were all honoured at Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2023. Coupled with a special award for forestry which balanced commercial aims with biodiversity and the wider environment, as well as a woodland planted […]

Prestigious Institute awards presented at National Conference 2023

The Institute’s National Conference 2023: Connecting Trees, Farmers and Foresters took place in Birmingham last month and a number of prestigious awards were presented to well-deserving, long-serving members who have played important roles in shaping the Institute’s operations. Having dedicated his entire career to enhancing and promoting the professionalism of forestry, the Institute was delighted […]

Scottish Forestry Trust announces award winners

The Scottish Forestry Trust has announced two joint winners of their Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award for 2023 which were presented at their recent Bursary Student Seminar at the University of Stirling and supported by Scottish Forestry. The first joint winner is Dr Heather Dun, now working in plant health with Forest Research who completed […]

Dr David Forrester awarded 2022 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 David Forrester, Senior Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and […]

Climate at the heart of Scotland’s ‘Tree Oscars’ in 2023

Scotland’s ‘Tree Oscars’ return for 2023 after a hugely successful 2022 and with climate change and sustainable forest management at their core. The prestigious Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards will this year see a renewed focus on climate change after last year saw winners range from a couple who planted 14,000 trees on a rocky peninsula […]

Professional Forester of the Year 2022 award – shortlist announced

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce the four shortlisted candidates for the inaugural Professional Forester of the Year, a prestigious new award recognising outstanding service to the profession and the sector. This award recognises the contributions made by Chartered Foresters to the betterment of forestry on a community, regional, national or international […]