Policy Roundup – January 2021

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too. We are back with renewed energy (glad about the date change at least) and have been working on some exciting new projects. Institute Policy & Research We are eagerly anticipating the […]

Policy Roundup – December 2020

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too. Institute Policy & Research At the Institute we’re feeling grateful – not just for the Christmas break (though that is definitely welcome) but to look back on a year we can […]

England Launch Agricultural Transition Plan

The Agricultural Transition Plan published on the 30 November is vital reading for foresters. It really does herald a revolution in land management incentives (and to a lesser extent regulation) and outlines how the different schemes and components will interact, including the Environmental Land Management scheme. Some of the biggest developments are reductions in direct […]

Forestry Journal Free for Institute Members from 2021

Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research Published by the Oxford University Press, Forestry is the Institute’s international journal and provides high quality articles and reviews on all aspects of research, practice and policy that inform and promote the sustainable management of forests and trees. There are five issues published every year, one of which […]

Policy Roundup – November 2020

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too. Institute Policy & Research This month we have been mostly looking ahead, taking time to be more strategic and proactive in our policy work after a year that has forced us […]

Institute Responds to EFRA Inquiry

The Institute has submitted evidence to a Westminster committee inquiry saying that government needs to address the skills shortage urgently in order to meet the challenges it faces, and not just for planting new trees but to meet objectives across the dual climate and nature crises. The Environment, Food and Rural & Affairs (EFRA) Committee […]

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, […]

Policy Roundup – October 2020

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too. Institute Policy & Research We’ve had a meeting with the forestry policy leads in Defra to discuss our concerns about the critical skills shortage in the sector. They have asked us […]

Nearly 1000 People Enjoy #CPDSeptember

We dedicated the entire month of September 2020 to enhancing professional development and are delighted that so many members and non-members were able to benefit from #CPDSeptember.             From our opening session on urban forest sustainability, to a stunning close on rewilding in Scotland, with mycorrhizal associations, pine martens and […]

Environmental Policy Forum Publish Statement on a Sustainable Recovery Post COVID-19

As a member of the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), we recently contributed to the EPF position statement on what a sustainable recovery should look like from the coronavirus pandemic. With views from six other organisations from across the environmental sector, we pleased to be able to stress the importance of a sustainable recovery and how […]

Dr Gabriel Hemery FICFor Speaks on Why Trees are Key to New Agricultural Revolution

In September 2020, Dr Gabriel Hemery FICFor CEnv spoke, on behalf of the Institute and the Sylva Foundation, at the Westminster Policy Forum’s online conference on the future of agricultural land use. “Better for food, better for nature, better for people – trees for life. Trees really can deliver for climate, nature, people and the […]

Consultation Launched on Torymus Sinensis Use to Control Dryocosmus Kuriphilus

Dryocosmus kuriphilus is a harmful gall wasp of sweet chestnut trees and was discovered for the first time in the UK in June 2015 in Kent. Native to China, since spreading into Japan, the Republic of Korea, Nepal, USA, and many countries in Europe, as of March 2020, it has been detected in over 140 […]

Survey Finds Farmers Want More Support for Agroforestry

Produced in collaboration with the Soil Association and the Farm Woodland Forum, the Agroforestry Handbook was published in 2019 and aims to help farmers make decisions about planting and integrating trees into their farming systems. The following survey was designed to assess the impact of the handbook and to identify what further support was needed […]

Your Chance to Input on Four New Apprenticeships

The Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Landscape Apprenticeship Group has gained approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to develop four new apprenticeships. Once complete, these will be supported by the Government’s apprenticeship scheme and will be available for training providers to offer across England. Employers, with the support of training professionals, have been […]

Our Response to the England Tree Strategy Consultation

The England Tree Strategy is an immense opportunity, with high risk and reward On behalf of our members and the profession, we have responded to the consultation on the development of an England Tree Strategy. Along with the questionnaire, we wrote a covering statement setting out our position as an organisation. Read our Response Our […]

Forestry Sector Responds to the England Tree Strategy

The England Tree Strategy presents a huge opportunity to shape the future of England’s treescapes while combatting the climate and nature crises. With the consultation closing on Friday 11 September, we have been working with the Royal Forestry Society and Confor to produce a forestry sector response highlighting six priorities for the strategy going forward. […]

Policy Roundup – August 2020

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too.  Institute Policy & Research This summer, we’ve had two significant policy developments, both presenting a huge opportunity for the future of trees and woodlands, so this is where we’ve focussed our […]

Welcome to CPD September

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) allows you to excel in your field, by enhancing your knowledge and adding value through work-based activities and learning. Although this has been a difficult year for many of us, the integrity of professionals who provide robust, credible advice has never been more necessary. With this in mind, we are excited […]

Forestry Sector Responds to ELM Scheme Proposals

The Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMs) will transform the way foresters, farmers and other land managers are supported. The Institute has led on a response to the Government’s ELMs consultation to produce a forestry sector response, partnering with Confor, the Royal Forestry Society and the Woodland Trust. The scheme is set to completely overhaul the […]

Policy Roundup – July 2020

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too.  Institute Policy & Research England Tree Strategy With the launch of the England Tree Strategy consultation, we have put together a blog on our activities on the strategy and how you […]

Forestry and Land Scotland Launches New CivTech Challenge

Forestry and Land Scotland has launched an exciting funding opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and innovators. The challenge is to come up with ways to analyse and measure forest trees better. The main focus is on trying to understand the properties  and quality of the timber in different areas of forest, so that those areas can […]

Your CPD Hub

Undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential to being a professional. Lifelong learning creates a competent, innovative, forward-looking individual and as such benefits the profession as a whole. COVID-19 has changed the way in which many of us work, but in these unprecedented times the integrity of professionals who provide robust, credible advice has never […]

Dr Helen McKay OBE FICFor Appointed Chief Forester for Scotland

New voice for the forestry profession Dr Helen McKay OBE FICFor has been appointed as the new Chief Forester for Scotland. In her new role, she will provide technical and professional advice on forestry matters to Scottish Government Ministers. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Dr McKay has worked for Forest Research since […]

Consultation launched on the England Tree Strategy

Defra has launched a consultation on the new England Tree Strategy which calls on the views and knowledge of (in particular) foresters and land managers. This strategy has been a long time coming and it is a huge opportunity to shape the future of England’s treescapes. What can you do? Respond to our survey to […]

Institute Joins the Environmental Policy Forum

We’re pleased to now be a member of the Environmental Policy Forum, a network of UK environmental professional bodies promoting environmental sustainability and resilience for the public benefit. A by-invitation-only membership group, the forum was established to provide the opportunity for collaboration, learning, dialogue and debate amongst professionals across the environmental disciplines and is currently […]

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 […]

Consultation on the draft outline content for the T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education are seeking views on the draft outline content for the T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production (which contains the Tree and Woodland Management and Maintenance specialism). The content for all the Agriculture and Land Management T Levels has gone live for public consultation. This includes an […]

UKWAS Review Announced & Call for Stakeholder Input

The beginning of a formal process to review and, if thought necessary, revise the UKWAS certification standard was announced on 1 July by the UKWAS steering group. The current 4th edition of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard, known as UKWAS 4, has been in effect since 1 April 2018 and in accordance with the UKWAS procedures, […]

Statement on CPD Obligation

In these extraordinary times the integrity of professionals who provide robust, credible advice has never been more necessary. More and more, the Institute and its members are expected to publicly demonstrate their commitment to ongoing professional development. It is why the commitment to continuous professional development (CPD) lies at the heart of maintaining a member’s […]

Institute Policy Roundup – June 2020

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too.  England Tree Strategy Defra launched the long-awaited England Tree Strategy on Friday 19 June and there is plenty for our sector to respond to with the opportunity of influencing future policy […]

Responding to the Climate Emergency with New Trees & Woodlands

To help local authorities and landowning businesses achieve net zero, the Forestry Commission has produced the guide ‘Responding to the climate emergency with new trees and woodlands‘. With the UK climate changing, trees, woods and forests play a key role in mitigating the effects of climate change. Woodland creation should be at the heart of any […]

Institute Policy Roundup – May 2020

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too.  Institute Policy & Research We are refining plans for the Institute’s policy strategy and resulting workstreams We published the results of our COVID-19 survey. Read them here We have analysed results […]

COVID-19 – Member Survey Results

In early April, two weeks into lockdown, we issued a survey to find out how Coronavirus (COVID-19) was affecting our members. We wanted to fully understand the challenges so we could better support members and share results with government bodies to help them support the sector. The survey was launched on the 9th April and […]

Guidance for Members on COVID-19

We are here to offer support and guidance during this difficult time. Below, we have summarised the advice that’s relevant to the forestry and arboriculture sector. Please note that the advice for Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales may differ so it is best to check official government advice for the country you are living […]

Institute Policy Roundup – April 2020

We’re excited to introduce the first monthly policy roundup blog – bringing you updates from what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too.  Policy Strategy Council approved our new policy strategy at the end of March so we can really push forward with the work we’ve been […]

National Tree Officers Virtual Conference 2020 – Invitation to Present

Building on the success of previous conferences, and in light of the ongoing situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19), we’re excited to announce the fifth National Tree Officers Conference is being moved online. This month-long event, developed by tree officers for tree officers, is a fantastic opportunity for tree, woodland and planning officers to present to their […]

COVID-19: Essential Working Information

Updated: 21/04/20 The Institute has received a significant number of enquiries from our members seeking clarification around the recently implemented restrictions on working practices. The government has not stipulated that all businesses should close and have advised that people can go to work if they cannot do so from home. The UK Government’s document, Staying […]

COVID-19 Events Update

As you will no doubt be aware, the UK and much of the world is currently experiencing a significant health crisis. In these unprecedented times, and in light of recent advice from the government and WHO on the coronavirus, the Institute has decided to postpone or change a number of events that were planned over […]

Sir William Worsley Appointed as Forestry Commission Chair

Announced today by Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, Sir William Worsley will take on the role as the new Chair of the Forestry Commission. He follows on from Sir Harry Studholme who was Chair for seven years. Sir William will step down as the government’s Tree Champion when he starts his new three-year-long role on 10 […]

ICF Executive Director Awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

A Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal has been awarded to Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019. It is in recognition of the positive contribution she has made to forestry, including her work with TREE AID, an international charity […]

Nadina Galle Previews Her Presentation for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4

Hailing from evolutionary biology and earth sciences, Nadina now works at the nexus of cities, ecology, and technology. Ahead of Trees, People and the Built Environment 4, Nadina gives us a preview of her presentation, where she will be speaking with Sophie Nitoslawski from the University of British Columbia. #TheBigIdea and the next frontier in […]

Programme Launched for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4

International Urban Trees Conference Programme Announced With urban forestry high on the political and social agenda, the programme for the UK’s foremost international urban trees research conference has been announced, highlighting the critical importance of creating resilient towns and cities with innovative green infrastructure solutions. Download Programme>> Almost 100 papers were submitted to the Trees, […]

Keynote Session Speakers for International Urban Trees Conference Announced

With urban forestry high on the political and social agenda, the first keynote session speakers for the UK’s foremost international urban trees research conference are confirmed, highlighting the critical importance of creating resilient towns and cities for the 21st Century and beyond. More than 50% of the world’s population now live in cities which are […]