World Experts drawn to Oxford for Global Forestry Conference

Duncan Pollard MICFor from Nestlé, sustainability expert, will address the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) annual flagship two-day conference. The UK’s Role in Global Forestry – Past, present and future will be held on 10-11 April at the Examination Schools in Oxford. Forests are increasingly being relied upon to provide a sustainable future for the […]

Exploring Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships in Forestry and Arboriculture

What next for forestry and arboriculture apprenticeships? Ros Burnley, Director of Adrow Ltd, provides an insight into how employers need to be proactive in developing professional apprenticeships “Over 70% of the businesses stated that they would consider taking on a higher level apprentice”. Apprenticeship reform in England has been happening since 2014 and tree-related industries […]

Promoting preparation: Tree health & biosecurity plans

Forestry Commission is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  If a notifiable pest or disease were to be found affecting a tree, woodland, or forest under your management, what would be your response? Would you: Take early retirement? Ask yourself where you are going to find the additional time and funding to […]

Andrew Heald MICFor visits Uganda

Chartered Forester Andrew Heald MICFor, Technical Director at Confor, visited Uganda. Andrew reports on his visit. A ‘blended return’ sounds like something you might order in one of Edinburgh’s many hipster coffee shops, but it was something I heard repeatedly on a recent WWF NGP study tour in Uganda. Uganda certainly has great coffee, but […]

Long-Term Forest Planning and Professionalism Workshops

This April, learn about new plans for woodland management and requirements in Wales at a one day workshop run jointly between the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Farming Connect, Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government. Ym mis Ebrill, dysgwch am gynlluniau newydd ar gyfer rheoli coetiroedd a gofynion yng Nghymru mewn gweithdy undydd a gynhelir […]

Woodland Creation Design

Woodland Creation Design: One Day, interactive Workshops for Woodland Creation Applicants. Forestry Commission England and the Institute of Chartered Foresters are delivering interactive woodland creation design workshops across England in June 2018. These workshops will provide practical and technical information and advice on how to design new woodlands that fit within the landscape and accommodate […]

Plastic with a purpose

Associate member Simon Place, Account Manager at Tubex, explains how plastic still has a vital role to play in forestry.  I read with great interest Stuart Wilkie’s FICFor CEnv recent blog on forest plastic.  The first thing that struck me after reading it was why nobody had really written about this subject before?  The BBC show […]

2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Recipients Announced from the UK and Canada

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2018 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. The Institute’s Student members Tom Haynes and Michael Wilson from the University of Cumbria were selected among talented competition as the United Kingdom applicants, while Daniel Root from the University of Toronto and Erin […]

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards Executive supports #ILookLikeAForester

In the run-up to International Women’s Day, many female foresters joined the ICF campaign and declared #ILookLikeAForester. There were reminders of historic breakthroughs, going back to the Lumberjills and further back to Margaret Sutherland, the first woman to qualify as a forester. There were many examples of modern women making waves in forestry – in […]

Interview with Chief Pilot at BioCarbon Engineering

Speaker Day 1: Planting trees using drones Hester McQueen, ICF Marketing and Communications Officer, interviews Jeremie Leonard as he prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: Innovation for Change. What technological and/or other developments do you envisage making an impact on the sector in the next few years? In BioCarbon Engineering we are working […]

Forestry without plastic

Chartered Forester Stuart Wilkie FICFor CEnv, Environment and Certification Manager at Scottish Woodlands, talks about forestry without plastic. Oceans of floating plastic, images of choking turtles, a ban on all ‘unnecessary plastic’ by 2042. The world is waking up to the environmental damage caused by oil-based plastics. I believe that while government may be moving […]

Shireen Chambers FICFor visits Burkina Faso with TreeAid

Shireen Chambers FICFor, ICF Executive Director, visited Burkina Faso in her capacity as Chair of TreeAid. Shireen reports on her visit. My first visit to west central Africa didn’t have a promising start, with a cancelled flight in snowbound Paris, but a few moments in Ouagadougou’s 38°C heat dispelled all memories of a European winter. […]

Institute breaks Membership Applications and Awards of Excellence records

2017 saw another record number of applicants promoted to Professional Member status. The Institute awarded the prestigious chartered status to 43 applicants this year. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) demonstrated an exceptional professional standard this year as six members’ of their team have been awarded charter status, with four outstanding applicants who were awarded Awards for Excellence. […]

Parkwood Group company announcement: Tony Hewitt FICFor

Tony Hewitt FICFor, the founder of Parkwood Holdings, which owns the Glendale businesses, has recently passed away. “It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Tony Hewitt, founder and executive chairman of the Parkwood Group. Tony passed away aged 68 on December 31, after being admitted to hospital. He leaves behind his wife […]

Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications

From Tuesday 2 January 2018, applicants can apply for the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant – a scheme to help landowners reap the environmental and financial benefits of woodland creation. The grant is open to all qualifying land managers. Successful applicants will receive a two-year capital grant of up to £6,800 per hectare, as well as an […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2018 Opens for Applications

A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients and two Canadian recipients. Now in its fourth year, the Award is a partnership initiative between The Prince of […]

What practices and tools can we use to help our forests adapt to climate change and to store carbon?

Forest Research scientist Gail Atkinson explains how researchers and forestry practitioners from across Europe have united to find innovative ways to tackle climate change. Our climate is changing and this is affecting our forests. If we want our forests to survive and thrive in future, we need to take action to enable them to adapt […]

World-Leading Canadian Forestry Innovators Drawn to Edinburgh For Major Conference

Francis Charette from FPInnovations, the world leader renowned for its part in supporting the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness, has agreed to travel to Scotland to address the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) annual flagship two-day conference. Innovation for Change – New drivers for tomorrow’s forestry will be held on 2-3 May at Edinburgh International […]

Innovation for Change

Innovation for Change, ICF’s National Conference 2018,  will look at a range of new drivers for tomorrow’s forestry and arboriculture sector. Among them, naturally, is what tools are being developed to help tree professionals in their work. Ian Thomas MICFor has been piloting a new Forestry visualisation tool called “Prospect” that was developed by Mapmaker […]

A view on Kevin O’Hara’s article – Managing Forest to be Better than Nature

Chartered Forester Dr WL (Bill) Mason MICFor discusses Kevin O’Hara’s article on silviculture and forest management. It was a pleasure to find ICF News giving such prominence to an article on silviculture and forest management. But, after reading Kevin O’Hara’s article, I am concerned that parts of his critique of the practices associated with ‘close-to-nature’ […]

Update: Forestry Devolution

  The Scottish Parliament unanimously agreed to the general principles of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill at the end of the ‘Stage 1’ debate, on Tuesday 7 of November. The Scottish Government and the Forestry Commission in Scotland are now working jointly under a Forestry Devolution Programme to manage all activity required in […]

UKFS Principles – Plans into Practice Workshops

UK Forestry Standard 2017: A one-day workshop to help you put your Plans into Practice. Find out about the key changes around Felling Licence applications, UKFS and develop your knowledge of operational plans. Understand the impact to your work from: How will the national implementation of Service Standard between the FC and you affect your business. Learn […]

Forestry Commission England’s Tree Health team

Forestry Commission England is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Members of the Forestry Commission England’s (FCE) tree health team will once again be in attendance at the National Tree Officer’s Conference.  Following the inaugural event last year, the team is very much looking forward to seeing what the conference has in store, […]

The Institute welcomes a ‘Growing Forestry Industry’ in Scotland’s Programme for Government

The First Minister (FM), Nicola Sturgeon, highlights forestry in a statement setting out Scotland’s 2017-18 Programme for Government. Sturgeon states Scotland’s forests and woodlands provide around £1 billion in GVA annually to the economy, supports approximately 25,000 jobs and helps to meet climate change targets. The FM emphasises that to meet the current annual target […]

International meeting of Professional Forestry Bodies

Shireen Chambers FICFor, ICF Executive Director, reports on a meeting she attended in Australia of professional forestry associations. Cairns, Australia August 2017. Last month took me to Queensland, Australia for a meeting of professional forestry associations. Cairns in August (winter in Australia) was a lot more like summer than the real one in Edinburgh and […]

Future of Forestry Research Meeting

24th August 2017 – Silvan House, Edinburgh. One of the few constants in the recent discussions and consultations on the future role of the Forestry Commission across the UK, has been the need for a well-resourced and UK wide approach to forestry research in general, and support for Forest Research in particular. An increasing number […]

Call for Views: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament is currently considering the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill. Arguably, this is the most significant piece of forestry legislation since the Forestry Commission was created in 1919. ICF members with any concerns about its impact have until 16 August to submit their views to the Scottish Parliament – to do this […]

Join FISA in the push for improved forestry safety

Early in 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) called a safety summit, bringing together stakeholders from across the industry. In the five years up to March 2012, there was an average of 10.4 forestry fatalities per 100,000 workers. This is more than three times the fatality rate for the construction industry. Back in 2012, […]

Are all urban forests equally beneficial?

What is an ‘urban forest’? ‘Urban forest’ is a term that is being increasingly used by those engaged in thinking about (and even delivering) resilient cities. But what does it actually mean? There are various published definitions but for our purposes here we adopt a definition that we and our colleagues proposed last year: ‘The […]

Andrew Heald MICFor visits Ukraine to learn more about the Hardwood Forests of Eastern Europe

Andrew Heald MICFor visited Ukraine at the end of January 2017. For several years, I have been working for WWF (World Wildlife Fund) on their New Generation Plantation Project, focussing on the better management of plantations, particularly in South America and South East Asia. Following on from this international experience, I was offered a chance […]

A Walk in the Woods – Mirehouse Estate, Keswick Cumbria

North of England – Regional Group Meeting. The North of England Region is trialling a new approach to regional meetings by hosting local and low key events during the weekend, and hopefully more often.  The first meeting was held on Saturday 4th March at Mirehouse Estate near Keswick, with kind support of the current and […]

2016: A Year in Forestry and Arboriculture

Throughout 2016 the ICF blog has showcased member opinions on the maelstrom of political and other changes and what they have meant for forestry and arboriculture. As the year draws to a close, ICF Executive Director Shireen Chambers FICFor looks back on the most important events and their impact on the sector.  The winter of […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2017 Opens for Applications

A prestigious international forestry exchange programme, endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, has opened for applications. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award offers a CAD$12,000 bursary and Canadian work placement opportunity to two UK recipients. Award winners, chosen from student and graduate applicants in the partner countries, gain valuable professional experience through an […]

ICF Joins The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Launch at Buckingham Palace

On 15 November ICF President David Henderson Howatt FICFor and Executive Director Shireen Chambers FICFor visited Buckingham Palace for the launch of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC). Hosted by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, the reception acknowledged the dedications from 20 countries across the Commonwealth to the […]

ICF Recruits Future Foresters in Less Than 60 Seconds

A new video produced by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and sponsored by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is showing young people the diversity of roles in the forestry sector and challenging stereotypes – all in less than a minute. Forestry Careers in 60 Seconds showcases the numerous career paths that the sector has to […]

The Silvicultural Prize

The Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (The Silvicultural Prize) is awarded annually by the Institute to the author(s) of the paper which, in the opinion of the Editors, best meets the criteria set down by the anonymous donor of the Prize Fund. The winning papers from the past ten […]

Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award

Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a partnership initiative between ICF, the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) and the Duchy of Cornwall, which offers selected UK students the opportunity to take part in a work placement exchange with Canada. Endorsed by HRH the Prince of Wales, the Forest […]