Policy Roundup – June 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News On 14 June we met with Scotland’s Education Minister Jamie Hepburn to talk about the skills crisis and how we can resolve it. We were joined by Chief Forester Helen McKay FICFor […]

Policy Roundup – May 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News New measures in the Woodland Carbon Code(WCC) have stimulated much debate, not only since their publication but in the many months leading up to it.  The Institute is represented on the Woodland […]

Policy Roundup – April 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News This month our policy work is focussed on two major Defra consultations, on environmental targets and nature recovery, as well as varied work with the sector and ICF representatives. Nature Recovery Work […]

Key strategic achievements from 2019-2021

Promoting Professionalism A lot has changed since the Institute published its three-year strategic plan, Promoting Professionalism, in 2019. The forestry and arboriculture sector has bounced back from COVID-19-related challenges and tree professionals are now busier than ever with climate targets to reach. We have quickly adapted to the changing environment and continued with our work to […]

Policy Roundup – February 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News This month the Institute brought together a group of 20 senior practitioners and leads in organisations across the sector to discuss environmental land management and agricultural transition in England. It is rare […]

Policy Roundup – January 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News On Monday 10 January we had a very constructive meeting with forestry minister Lord Goldsmith and the forestry policy team at Defra on skills, following our position paper in the autumn. We […]

Policy Roundup – December 2021

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News It has been another challenging year, from COVID-19 to Storm Arwen, with not a single dull moment in the world of tree policy. In the 2020 Membership Survey, our members’ top priority […]

Assessing the risks and putting health and safety first

We regret to say that we have been notified of another fatality in our sector. After felling a tree in Kent earlier this month, a worker was crushed and killed, with the circumstances being investigated further. Please see this notice from HSE regarding the recent incident. The number of fatalities in the last year is […]

Merry Christmas from the Institute President

Over the last two difficult years, so many people have been taking refuge through trees and woodlands. We are the people who manage those woodlands but there simply aren’t enough of us. We are busier than ever, and it’s easy to forget, but we’ve got to share the message that working with trees is a […]

Institute Executive Director interviewed for ITV News

With the UK Government committing to plant at least 30,000 hectares of new woodland each year to combat the climate emergency, the Institute’s Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor, was recently interviewed by ITV News as part of a story investigating these targets. Shireen said: “It’s going to be difficult to achieve. Agricultural land availability is […]