Celebrating Scotland’s Finest Woods

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards’ organisers are advising anyone interested in forestry, woods and related projects in Scotland that the usual limit to the number of people attending the ceremony does not apply to this year’s online event. Normally, the popular awards are held at the Royal Highland Show and numbers have to be limited due to space […]

Back out in the woods!

The South West England Regional Group were the first region to have an in person, face-to-face event since the outbreak of COVID-19, and it was great to be able to get Back Out in the Woods.  Taking place on the Tavistock Woodlands Estate within the Tamar Valley AONB, over 30 members and non-members gathered to […]

ICF President and Executive Director speaking at Accelerating Woodland Creation Conference

The Institute’s President, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, spoke at Accelerating Woodland Creation and Management 2021. Sharon joined a panel discussion about the critical role of trees in a green recovery, alongside Paul Brannen, Director of Public Affairs at CEI BOIS; Stephanie Rhodes, Delivery Director – England Tree Planting Programme, Forestry Commission; Dominic Driver FICFor, Head of […]

Forestry Commission confirms new Chief Executive

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley has confirmed Richard Stanford as the new Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission. Richard will begin his new role in August, replacing current Chief Executive Ian Gambles who will leave his post in May. Commenting on his appointment, Richard said: “I look forward to learning from the nation’s experts across […]

Institute Vice President chairs cross-sector landscape debate

The Institute’s Vice President, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, recently chaired a thought-provoking cross-sector debate on the importance of landscape architecture in woodland design. The event was organised by the team at Landscape Matters, a project founded in November 2020 by the Landscape Architects Edward Hutchison and Brodie McAllister BA DipLA FLI FHEA. The aim of Landscape […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2021 – Invitation to Present

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the National Tree Officers Virtual Conference 2021. Building on the success of five previous NTOC events, and in light of continued uncertainty around face-to-face meetings, the conference will take place entirely online on the 2nd and 3rd November. Developed by tree officers for tree officers, the National Tree […]

What is the Future for Forestry Post-Brexit?

With the Brexit transition period ending on 31 December, there are going to be certain changes that businesses and governments will have to prepare for. In light of this, we were pleased to offer three webinars in November that focussed on different areas of the industry, what changes will be needed and how the sector […]

Institute Responds to Planning Reforms

The Institute has responded to the government consultation on planning reforms, emphasising the importance of considering trees and woodland properly in the planning process. We were advised by a group of members and other experts working in planning, arboriculture and urban forestry. We also worked with a number of prominent organisations including the Arboricultural Association, […]

Green Recovery Wales Virtual Festival Announced

Taking place in the week that would have been the Royal Welsh Show (RWS), the Green Recovery Wales virtual 3-day festival will feature a wide range of farming, food and nature experts and organisations. Green Recovery Wales will be an innovative, free, virtual festival that will champion a post COVID-19 Green and Just Recovery, taking […]


Keeping Connected These are extraordinary times and we’re aware that many students will have had to adjust to new and perhaps unfamiliar teaching and examination practices. As we approach the end of the academic year, here at the Institute, we realise the importance of keeping connected, from both professional and health-related perspectives. With this in […]