Breeding populations of bark beetle tree pest identified in Kent

Members are advised that several new breeding populations of the eight-toothed spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus, have been identified in Kent. Defra, Forestry Commission and the Animal and Plant Health Agency are increasing surveillance activity in the area and immediate action is being taken to support steps toward eradication and minimise the risk of onward […]

Report published on alternative conifer tree species in Great Britain

Given the pressure for the diversification of species used in commercial conifer plantations due to pests and pathogens and climate-associated risks, Woodknowledge Wales and Bangor University have published a report that identifies the top five alternatives that are suitable to meet timber utilisation demands of the forestry sector in Great Britain. The report was commissioned […]

ICF Vice President gives keynote speech at Treescapes 2021

Treescapes 2021 this week has been a fantastic showcase of research, packed with presentations and workshop discussions from a huge range of talented tree professionals. Hosted by the Royal Forestry Society and led by early career researchers, it has undoubtedly succeeded in its aim to facilitate conversations between practitioners and academics. Institute Vice President, Geraint […]

ICF Executive Director gives evidence at EFRA Select Committee meeting

On 16 June 2021, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor gave evidence to an EFRA Select Committee concerning tree planting, woodlands and what is needed to meet government targets. Shireen’s main points addressed the importance of cross-government coordination in meeting the aspirations of the England Trees Action Plan, the potential for well-designed and managed woodlands to meet […]

G7 leaders commit to biodiversity and climate change actions

Held in Cornwall in June 2021, the G7 Leaders’ Summit brought together leading democracies to help the world build back better, and greener, from the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US have agreed to the shared G7 Nature Compact in response to the global climate emergency, committing […]

Welcome to two new Institute Representatives

In May we appointed two new Institute Representatives – Sonia Lorenzo Martín MICFor on the England Woodland Biodiversity Group and Robert South MICFor on the Woodland Carbon Code Advisory Board. In a year when there is rightly so much attention on carbon and biodiversity, Sonia and Robert will be taking forward important work and getting the voice […]

Forestry workforce research – skills survey

Lantra, with the support of the Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Government and Confor, have commissioned a study to review the level of skills and training at this pivotal moment within forestry. As the government commits to higher levels of new planting and markets for timber increase, it is vital that we understand […]

Introducing the England Woodland Creation Offer

Launched alongside the England Trees Action Plan, the Forestry Commission’s England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO) opened for applications on 9 June as part of the government’s Nature for Climate Fund. Replacing the Woodland Carbon Fund, EWCO will support the creation of over 10,000 hectares of new woodland, funding predominantly the establishment of large scale native […]

Fourth Woodland Carbon Guarantee auction dates announced

The Woodland Carbon Guarantee (WCaG) is a £50 million Forestry Commission scheme that was established to accelerate woodland planting rates and develop the domestic market for woodland carbon for the permanent removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.   Announced at the end of May, the next WCaG auction will take place online between 26 […]

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 […]