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Professional Forester of the Year 2024 – Shortlist announced

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce the four shortlisted candidates for the 2024 Professional Forester of the Year, the prestigious award that recognises outstanding service to the profession and the sector. This award recognises the contributions made by Chartered Arboriculturists or Chartered Foresters to the betterment of forestry on a community, regional, […]

Climate, community, forestry and farming at the heart of Scotland’s Finest Woods 2024

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards are back for 2024 after a wonderful celebration in 2023. And this year four key areas form the focus of the prestigious Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – climate, community, forestry and farming. The environment is central to everything the awards are about and the competition for the Climate Change Champion Trophy […]

Institute Fellow awarded MBE in New Year Honours

The Institute is delighted that Tom Jenkins FICFor has been awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Forestry Sector in the New Year Honours 2024 list. Currently the Head of Forest Research in Wales, Tom’s long and distinguished career has led to a wealth of tree knowledge […]

Catching up with Jonathan Callis MICFor – Professional Forester of the Year 2023

The work of those who manage trees, woodlands and forests has never been more important. With nominations currently open for Professional Forester of the Year 2024, we recently caught up with Jonathan Callis MICFor, winner of the inaugural Professional Forester of the Year award, to find out what winning the award meant to him and his […]

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 […]