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 […]

COVID-19 – Member Survey Results

In early April, two weeks into lockdown, we issued a survey to find out how Coronavirus (COVID-19) was affecting our members. We wanted to fully understand the challenges so we could better support members and share results with government bodies to help them support the sector. The survey was launched on the 9th April and […]

We’re Bringing our PME Workshop Online

We are doing all we can in these extraordinary times to support and stay connected to our members. As part of our efforts, we remain committed to supporting our Associate Members who wish to present for Professional Membership Entry (PME). Over the course of three Tuesday morning sessions in April 2020, we’ll be presenting the […]

COVID-19: Essential Working Information

Updated: 21/04/20 The Institute has received a significant number of enquiries from our members seeking clarification around the recently implemented restrictions on working practices. The government has not stipulated that all businesses should close and have advised that people can go to work if they cannot do so from home. The UK Government’s document, Staying […]

CPD & Career Development

Sam Brown MICFor, Forest Manager at Tilhill Forestry, reflects on the impact CPD has had on his career development. Members of the Institute are asked to provide evidence of continual professional development over a rolling three-year period.  This is an obligation of Professional membership but, most importantly, it’s key to maintaining, updating, and improving my […]

ICF sees record number of chartered promotions

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to announce another record number of applicants promoted to Professional Member status. Following a bumper year of applicants presenting for Professional Membership Entry (PME) and Assessed Professional Competence (APC), we welcome and congratulate 52 new Professional Members. Steve McCartney FICFor, Chair of ICF’s Examinations Board, said: “On behalf […]

Exam Success at Institute of Chartered Foresters

Thirty-two candidates successfully completed the examinations at the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) this year. These new Professional Members will now be permitted to use the title Chartered Forester or Chartered Arboriculturist, and the post-nominals MICFor after their names. Of the 35 candidates who submitted for Professional Membership Entry (PME) in 2016, 24 were this […]

Benefits of Paying Your ICF Subscription by Direct Debit

Benefits of Paying Your ICF Subscription by Direct Debit Whether you pay your ICF subscription as an individual or a business, Direct Debit is the simplest and most convenient way to pay. The Institute is asking members to consider this method of payment for their membership subscriptions. Consider these Benefits: Spread the cost of your […]

Growing Talent

“Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters has helped me make invaluable contacts in the forestry industry, giving brilliant advice and hands-on experience.” Andrew Fisher, Assistant Forest Manager, Tilhill Forestry I graduated from Harper Adams University in summer 2013 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Countryside and Environmental Management and started with Tilhill […]

Growing Influence

“Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters has given me a range of opportunities to not only develop my own knowledge, but also grow my influence in the sector and shape the direction of future research.”  Dr Helen McKay MICFor, Forest Research Research has dominated my professional life – from measuring roots and pollen grains […]

Growing Careers

  “The credibility of chartered status has brought new opportunities to move up the professional ladder.” Kate Hawley MICFor, National Team Manager – Incentives, Forestry Commission When I first told my image-conscious, bad weather-averse university housemates that I was going to work for the Forestry Commission, I didn’t get the best reaction. “Do you mean, like, […]

Growing Credibility

“As a Chartered Member of the Institute, bound by a strict code of ethics, my clients and contacts know they’re dealing with a trusted professional.”  Neil Stoddart MICFor, Natural Resources Wales As a Regional Land Manager at Natural Resources Wales, the new single environmental sponsored body to the Welsh Government since 2012, I am responsible […]

Growing Business

“I feel privileged to be able to continue to grow the company and meet the expectations that my clients have when they see Chartered Arboriculturist after my name.” Adam Winson MICFor, Owner & Principal Consultant, AWA Trees My role as a tree consultant is to provide professional advice on managing trees in the built environment, […]

Grow with ICF

Read their stories >> Grow Your Career with ICF The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is the only body to award the Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist statuses. Our commitment to excellence in forestry and arboriculture is reflected in our support for members, services to the public and advice to professionals in other sectors. As […]

Forestry Journal

International Journal of Forest Research The Institute’s international journal of forest research, Forestry, was first published in 1927 and continues to go from strength to strength. The journal publishes refereed papers on all aspects of research, practice and policy that promote the sustainable development of forests, woodlands and trees. The editors select papers both for […]


The Council is keen to see Institute members progress to Fellowship and welcomes applications from members of all branches of the profession. The attainment of Fellowship should be the goal to which all chartered members aspire. It is a mark of your career achievements within your peer group and the level at which other professionals […]

Professional Member

Professional Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Full Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters formally recognises a member’s technical and professional competence as a forester or arboriculturist, and is open to those who have successfully completed the Routes to Chartered Status: Route 1: After joining the Institute as an Associate member, you have completed […]

Student Membership

If you are a full-time or part-time student in Higher Education, Student membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters lets you stay up to date with the latest news, views and ideas from the world of forestry and arboriculture. Student membership puts you directly in touch with tree professions and provides opportunities to get involved […]