Incredible diversity and superb quality rewarded at Scotland’s Tree Oscars

The 2019 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards were the biggest-ever celebration of trees, woodland and forests – and arguably the very best. With 20 different awards presented – to winners ranging from a very large public woodland steeped in forestry history to a nursery where children can spend their entire session in the woods – a […]

Trees and woods: a bridge between generations

“The people who win these Awards are passionate and united by a desire to sustain, maintain, expand and enjoy our forests and woodland. It is fantastic to celebrate their contribution.” So said Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, when presenting Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – and never have truer words been spoken. At […]

A very special year for the ‘Tree Oscars’

2019 is a very special year for trees – an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the Forestry Act which created the modern industry. Contrary to some mischievous suggestions, none of the older and more experienced foresters still working in the industry can remember the introduction of the Act – but they have all benefited […]

ICF sees record number of chartered promotions

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce another record number of applicants promoted to Professional Member status. Following a bumper year of applicants presenting for Professional Membership Entry (PME) and Assessed Professional Competence (APC), we welcome and congratulate 52 new Professional Members. Steve McCartney FICFor, Chair of ICF’s Examinations Board, said: “On behalf […]

Biggest-Ever Celebration of Scotland’s Finest Woods

A prize to celebrate 100 years since the 1919 Forestry Act is the highlight of the annual competition to find Scotland’s best and most inspiring woods. Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 will present the one-off 1919 Forestry Act Centenary Award in a year offering more prizes than ever before – including a second for Farm […]

2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Recipients Announced from the UK and Canada

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. The Institute’s Student members Tom Haynes and Michael Wilson from the University of Cumbria were selected among talented competition as the United Kingdom applicants, while Daniel Root from the University of Toronto and Erin […]

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Executive supports #ILookLikeAForester

In the run-up to International Women’s Day, many female foresters joined the ICF campaign and declared #ILookLikeAForester. There were reminders of historic breakthroughs, going back to the Lumberjills and further back to Margaret Sutherland, the first woman to qualify as a forester. There were many examples of modern women making waves in forestry – in […]

Searching for Scotland’s Finest Farm Woodlands

The finest farm woodlands in Scotland are being asked to step forward as part of a national awards programme. Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, which recognise excellent management as well as the creation of new young woodlands, have added a Farm Woodland Award for 2018. Any farm where tree planting or woodland management has made an […]

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2018

Fine forests and wonderful woods What makes a fine forest or a wonderful wood? As Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2018 seeks the latest cream of the crop, previous winners have a few suggestions. Sometimes it’s a long-standing project that has learned lessons over many years and become a shining example of excellence. Carrifran Wildwood in […]

Institute breaks Membership Applications and Awards of Excellence records

2017 saw another record number of applicants promoted to Professional Member status. The Institute awarded the prestigious chartered status to 43 applicants this year. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) demonstrated an exceptional professional standard this year as six members’ of their team have been awarded charter status, with four outstanding applicants who were awarded Awards for Excellence. […]

Top Forestry Students win Tilhill Forestry Awards

James Edward Broom, ICF Student member, winner of ICF’s 2017 Student Award and the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award has now won the Tilhill Forestry Award for the Best Dissertation on his course. Jonathan Hawick, ICF Student member, has won the Tilhill Forestry Award for Best New Planting Application. Tilhill Forestry reports on […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2018 Opens for Applications

A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients and two Canadian recipients. Now in its fourth year, the Award is a partnership initiative between The Prince of […]

ICF Student Awards Showcases Rising Stars in the Sector

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has delivered a number of distinguished student awards over the summer months, building valuable connections between the industry and the UK’s rising forestry and arboricultural talent. The 2017 ICF Student Awards were presented at graduations across the UK during June and July, by ICF representatives, recognising academic achievement in […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2017 Recipients Announced

The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC), the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), and the Duchy of Cornwall are pleased to announce the four outstanding recipients of the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. Now in its third year, The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a UK-Canada partnership initiative between […]

Professor O’Hara A Worthy Winner of the 2016 Silvicultural Prize

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to have awarded Kevin O’Hara, Professor of Silviculture at the University of California, Berkeley, the 2016 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (Silvicultural Prize) – for advancing our knowledge of silviculture. Professor O’Hara has received this prestigious award in recognition of his paper […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2017 Opens for Applications

A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a CAD$12,000 bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients. Award winners, chosen from student and graduate applicants in the partner countries, gain valuable professional experience through an […]

The Silvicultural Prize

The Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (The Silvicultural Prize) is awarded annually by the Institute to the author(s) of the paper which, in the opinion of the Editors, best meets the criteria set down by the anonymous donor of the Prize Fund. The winning papers from the past ten […]

Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award

Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a partnership initiative between ICF, the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) and the Duchy of Cornwall, which offers selected UK students the opportunity to take part in a work placement exchange with Canada. Endorsed by HRH the Prince of Wales, the Forest […]