Celebrities join forces for Tree Aid’s Future Forest appeal

Chris Packham, Joanna Lumley and Zoë Wanamaker are some of the celebrities backing an appeal that launched earlier this month to save a special forest in Ethiopia. Without urgent action, the Metema forest in Ethiopia could be extinct in 20 years, gripped by the devastating effects of the climate crisis. The tree-growing charity, Tree Aid, is […]

All England Woodland Resilience Awards 2021

To mark the UK hosting the 26th UN Conference on Climate Change of the Parties (COP26) in November this year, the Forestry Climate Change Working Group, a cross-sector forestry body which promotes adaptation of trees, woods and forests to environmental change, is organising the All England Woodland Resilience Awards. There are two awards: Existing woodland […]

Institute’s Executive Director gives Evidence at EFRA Committee

In March, the Institute’s Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor gave evidence at an EFRA Committee meeting on the critical skills shortage in forestry. The session was on land-based education and Shireen was joined by Tim Bradshaw, Vice President of NFU, and Alex Payne, Chief Executive of Landex. The following day the committee announced they […]

Have Your Say on Arboriculture & Forestry Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship standards, launched in 2017 and 2018, are being reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and can meet the needs of our industries. To ensure we have the right workforce for the future, the Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group for the Arborist, Forest Operative and Landscape or Horticulture Operative and Horticulture or Landscape Supervisor apprenticeships is […]

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day takes place on 8 March every year and the Institute’s #ILookLikeAForester campaign was created to celebrate all women working in arboriculture and forestry. Women are still underrepresented in our sector and there is more work to be done on diversifying the workforce. We need to ensure that people from all genders and backgrounds […]

Consultation Opens on UKWAS 5 Draft

A consultation has been opened and we encourage members to comment on an Initial Revision Draft of UKWAS 5. The consultation draft has been prepared by a chamber-balanced working group reflecting economic, environmental and social interests taking full account of stakeholder input. Peter Wilson FICFor, Chair of the UKWAS working group, said: “This Consultation Draft […]

Our Response to the EFRA Environmental Land Management and Agricultural Transition Inquiry

With the UK Government publishing their plans for an agricultural transition in late 2020, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee subsequently launched an inquiry into Environmental Land Management and the agricultural transition. A national pilot of the new Environmental Land Management scheme (ELMs) is due to launch in late 2021. The inquiry […]

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 […]

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 […]