Forestry and Climate Change Adaptation Accord published

As a member of the Forestry and Climate Change Partnership (FCCP), we are delighted to have come together with fellow forestry, conservation and government organisations to reaffirm our commitment to working together to promote the importance of adapting trees, woods and forests to climate change. Published today, the FCCP’s Forestry and Climate Change Adaptation Accord […]

Institute meets with Scottish education minister

On Tuesday 14 June, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor and Jemima Cooper met Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, at Holyrood to talk about the skills crisis and how to resolve it. They were joined by Helen McKay OBE FICFor, Chief Forester for Scotland and Muriel Mackenzie from Scottish […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters receives grant from the Trees Call to Action Fund

  The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has been awarded a grant from the £6 million Trees Call to Action Fund, led by Defra, the Forestry Commission and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The grant will enable the ICF to design and deliver two important projects aimed at ensuring the forestry sector is equipped to […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters appoints new Executive Director

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Louise Simpson as our new Executive Director. An enthusiastic advocate of the Institute’s mission and values following three years as Development Director, Louise will succeed Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor in the role and assume responsibilities from the start of July 2022. The appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process, […]

Institute Executive Director joins new Green Job Delivery Group

The first meeting of the UK Government’s new group for creating green job opportunities took place on 11 May and was attended by leaders from business, industry, trade unions and academia, including the Institute’s Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor. With policies set out in the Energy Security Strategy and Net Zero Strategy, it is hoped that […]

New rules for the Woodland Carbon Code

With the speedy growth of the UK’s carbon market in recent years, Scottish Forestry has announced new measures to the Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) to increase scrutiny and credibility due to the demand for credits. A government-led scheme, the WCC is a high quality standard for woodland creation projects across the UK. Landowners that meet […]

Institute Medal Award Recipients Announced

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce that Tom Jenkins FICFor and Dr Gary Kerr FICFor CEnv have been awarded the Institute’s Medal. The Institute’s Medal is our highest honour – given to individuals who demonstrate a continued commitment to professional excellence and service in forestry. It is presented to those whose work reaches […]

New government strategy for education increases support for green careers

Announced by the Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi on 21 April, the Department for Education has launched a new Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy that includes plans to increase learning on green skills and careers for young people, with the introduction of a new Natural History GCSE. With the introduction of at least one sustainability lead […]

Institute Member Services Director joins SFW Board

Scotland’s Finest Woods has announced the appointment of three experienced members of the forestry community to its Board of Trustees, including the Institute’s Member Services Director, Dr Stuart Glen. Stuart has worked in the third sector for more than 20 years for a number of charities, including the Scottish Wildlife Trust. He is also currently […]

ICF Executive Director chairs panel at Accelerating Woodland Creation 2022

On Thursday 31 March Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor chaired a fascinating panel discussion at the Accelerating Woodland Creation 2022 conference on how to balance different purposes for woodland in the landscape. The panel were quick to emphasise that we need woods of all kinds and for all purposes, and the key will be working together […]