Collaboration is key to addressing the challenges of our time

Mike Seddon, Chief Executive at Forestry England talks about the Forestry Commission centenary, the importance of working together, and the next 100 years of forestry. Whether it’s the historic New Forest, the rigs and dales of Dalby or the vastness of Kielder, people expect the nation’s forests to be there. But 100 years ago, our […]

Record Figures for Institute’s Scientific Journal Forestry

Forestry, the scientific journal of the Institute of Chartered Foresters published by Oxford University Press, is having a greater impact than ever before, the latest academic publication figures show. The recently released impact factor, which reflect the importance of a journal within its field, was 2.867 in 2018, up from 2.638 in 2017, a rise […]

Is CPD Enough?

 Josh Roberts MICFor, Policy Advisor at Scottish Forestry, reports on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the Institute of Chartered Foresters.  I don’t think of the annual CPD obligation as a target to reach to stay in the Institute’s good books. And I reckon, deep down, that’s not how the Institute sees it either. My Continuing […]

Incredible diversity and superb quality rewarded at Scotland’s Tree Oscars

The 2019 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards were the biggest-ever celebration of trees, woodland and forests – and arguably the very best. With 20 different awards presented – to winners ranging from a very large public woodland steeped in forestry history to a nursery where children can spend their entire session in the woods – a […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters Welcomes Climate Change Legislation Amendment

The Institute of Chartered Foresters has today (Wednesday 12 June) welcomed the amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008 which puts the UK on a path to become the first major nation to eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050. “Planting trees and managing our existing forests are universally regarded as significant in […]

Woodlands adapt for climate change

Our climate is changing but what are we doing to understand how we can adjust our woodland management practices to better prepare our woodlands? Dr Gail Atkinson, Forest Research, discusses a new climate change adaptation trail and demonstration areas located in Alice Holt Forest. What is being done? Alice Holt Forest is located on the […]

New President and Vice President elected at ICF Annual General Meeting

Alastair Sandels FICFor is the new ICF President and Sharon Hosegood FICFor the new Vice President, both elected at the Institute’s Annual General Meeting in Oxford on 10th April 2019. They will hold their positions for two years. Alastair Sandels FICFor is currently Managing Director of Trioss, a business providing consultancy to people, organisations and […]

The Future of Forestry is Smart and the UK has a Big Role to Play

Collaboration between foresters and arboriculturists and others such as scientists, conservationists and environmentalists is the future for forestry, creating a new smart outlook that also embraces and encourages the next generation, the ICF’s National Conference in Oxford heard. Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, explained that the UK’s leadership in conserving […]

Professionalism has Crucial Role in Managing and Protecting Trees Worldwide

The United Kingdom has a crucial role to play in the management and protection of trees worldwide, with professional foresters and arboriculturists taking the lead, the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) national conference heard today (Wednesday 10 April). Pests and diseases, along with increased stress on trees associated with extreme weather events linked to climate […]

Report urges collaborative effort to better enable our forests to adapt to climate change and to store carbon

Forest Research scientist Dr Gail Atkinson reports on collaborative work by researchers and forestry practitioners from across Europe to identify innovative ways to tackle climate change. Back in December 2017, I reported on the work of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) focus group working to identify ‘New Forest Practices and Tools for Adaptation and Mitigation […]

Interview with Forest Enterprise Scotland

The Institute interviews Angelika Końko as she prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry. Who is Angelika Końko? Angelika Końko works for Forest Enterprise Scotland, and is also a graduate of the 2050 Climate Group Young Leaders Development Programme, a world-leading initiative for young people to take action […]

Interview with Professor Anna Lawrence MICFor

The Institute of Chartered Foresters interviews Professor Anna Lawrence MICFor, as she prepares to address the Institute’s flagship conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry this April in Oxford. Who is Professor Anna Lawrence MICFor Anna Lawrence is an independent consultant and part-time professor of social forestry at the University of the Highlands and Islands, […]

Celebrate International Women’s Day with #ILookLikeAForester

Help us encourage people to join our profession and make it more diverse. The Institute of Chartered Foresters is calling on foresters and arboriculturists worldwide to help celebrate women in our profession using #ILookLikeAForester. On Friday 8 March 2019, International Women’s Day (IWD), we are again encouraging anyone to join the #ILookLikeAForester #BalanceforBetter conversations on […]

Full Programme for Institute of Chartered Foresters National Conference Announced

Full details of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) national conference programme are now live. With a global theme this year looking at the UK’s role in forestry worldwide, the highlights include speakers from Australia, the United States, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland and the UK. These leading world experts will be covering topics […]

Interview with Vice-President of the International Forestry Students’ Association

Speaker day 2: Inspiring the next generation The Institute interviews Lisa Prior, Vice-President of the International Forestry Students’ Association, as she prepares to address the Institute’s national conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry this April in Oxford. Who is Lisa Prior? As Vice-President of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) Lisa Prior advocates for meaningful […]

Power giant Drax and Tilhill Forestry confirmed as Headline Sponsors

Drax Group and Tilhill Forestry are confirmed as the headline sponsors for the UK’s must-attend forestry conference this April in Oxford. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is also pleased to announce that its Twitter Wall sponsor, Sorbus International, and conference brochure sponsor, Forest Research, have confirmed their support for another year. This flagship event […]

Interview with New Generation Plantations Platform, Lead at WWF

The Institute interviews Luis Neves Silva – New Generation Plantations Platform, Lead at WWF – as he prepares to address the Institute’s national conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry this April in Oxford. Who is Luis Neves Silva? Luis graduated as a Forest Engineer at UTL-ISA in Lisbon. He is the lead for WWF’s New […]

Interview with Founder and Director of Tree Sparks

The Institute of Chartered Foresters interviews Jemima Letts, Founder and Director of Tree Sparks, as she prepares to address the Institute’s flagship conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry this April in Oxford. Who is Jemima Letts? Jemima is an undergraduate forestry student in her final year at Bangor University. She previously worked as an […]

ICF unlocking the potential of future foresters

Lisa Prior, Vice President of the International Forestry Students’ Association, has been confirmed for the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ (ICF) national conference in Oxford this April. Lisa will talk about how we get the next generation to connect to the outdoors in a technology world, and how to involve them in their environment, no matter […]

ICF’s interview with JNCC’s Vice-Chairman

The Institute of Chartered Foresters interviews Professor Colin Galbraith, Vice-Chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Director of his own environmental consultancy, as he prepares to address the UK’s flagship forestry conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry this April in Oxford. Who is Professor Colin Galbraith? Colin has been involved in international conservation […]

Read our interview with Vice-Chancellor and President of James Cook University

Speaker Day 1: Setting the Scene with Global Perspectives The Institute interviews Professor Sandra Harding, Vice-Chancellor and President at James Cook University, as she prepares for our flagship conference, The UK’s Role in Global Foresty, this April. Sandra took up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia in January 2007. In the […]

A very special year for the ‘Tree Oscars’

2019 is a very special year for trees – an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the Forestry Act which created the modern industry. Contrary to some mischievous suggestions, none of the older and more experienced foresters still working in the industry can remember the introduction of the Act – but they have all benefited […]

Interview with Executive Director at the Global Timber Forum

Speaker Day 1: Delivering economic benefits from the world’s forests The Institute interviews Rachel Butler as she prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry. Tell us about your presentation? Wait and see! Why is your presentation important for our conference? We are advocating a different approach to engage […]

Interview with Co-Founder of Women In Wood, Lacey Rose RPF

Speaker Day 2: Inspiring the Next Generation The Institute interviews Lacey Rose RPF as she prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry. Tell us about your presentation? My presentation, through telling the story of my career path so far, will highlight the important role that mentors, colleagues – and our […]

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 […]