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 […]

Campaign launched to highlight the importance of woodland management

A new Forestry Commission campaign, Woodland Management Matters, was launched in September 2023 and will promote how the future health and resilience of woodlands can be secured through sustainable management. From timber production, carbon sequestration and flood alleviation to wildlife habitats and improved livestock welfare, soil health and crop productivity, well-managed woodlands deliver a wide […]

ICF and CIEEM publish paper on bringing more woods into management

Management of Existing UK Woodlands: An Opportunity for Green Prosperity Today we published a joint position paper with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) that calls on governments and agencies across the UK to bring about an urgent step change in the sustainable management of existing woodlands. Our organisations jointly represent the full […]

A welcome shift in thought around timber production in England’s forests

The Institute of Chartered Foresters welcomed the recent Environmental Audit Committee Report on its publication yesterday (19 July) that highlights a balanced case for productive forests and environmental targets featuring in tandem within our landscape. As the professional body for forestry and arboriculture, our broad membership covering a spectrum of interests, including productive and environmental […]

Oak Processionary Moth identified in Derbyshire

Members of the public are being asked to remain vigilant after a number of oak trees in the Long Eaton area of Derbyshire were confirmed to be infested with the tree pest Oak Processionary Moth (OPM). The trees are currently being treated and extensive surveillance work is ongoing to further investigate the findings and to […]

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 […]

Fellow of the Institute new Chair of the SocEnv Board

On 6 June 2023 the Society for the Environment held its 19th Annual General Meeting, where Dougal Driver FICFor CEnv was elected Chair of the Board. The SocEnv 2023 AGM was formed of voting Members in General Meeting who represent each of the Society’s Member Bodies. For the first time, the newly formed Nominations Committee provided […]

Institute signs EPF response to Environmental Outcomes Report consultation

As a member of the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), we recently signed their joint industry response to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ consultation into Environmental Outcomes reporting. The response outlined four key concerns relating to how a new approach to environmental reporting can be delivered in practice: Missing details Absence of research […]

Forestry key for future Net Zero workforce

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) recently published the briefing, A Net Zero workforce, outlining the impact of a transition to Net Zero by 2030, and how the transition will affect workers across a range of sectors. This briefing will inform the UK Government’s Net Zero and Nature Workforce Action Plan that is due to be […]

Institute’s Executive Director speaks at Westminster Employer Forum

Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Louise Simpson, spoke at the Westminster Employment Forum’s recent keynote seminar – ‘Green skills – next steps for policy, and priorities for education and training, businesses, and the workforce’ on Tuesday 23 May. With the UK Government’s commitment to the creation of two million green jobs by […]