Reopened Urban Tree Challenge Fund Will Plant 44,000 Trees

The Forestry Commission and Defra have opened the third round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund that will support the establishment of 44,000 large trees in towns and cities across England. Focussing on areas with higher social deprivation with fewer trees, particularly near schools and healthcare centres, the fund will support people’s health and wellbeing, […]

Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor elected as President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor as the new President. Sharon succeeds Alastair Sandels FICFor, who has completed two years in the role. Geraint Richards FICFor, Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall, succeeds Sharon in the role of Vice President. Sharon is the first Chartered Arboriculturist, and only […]

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 […]

Policy Roundup – April 2021

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too. Institute Policy & Research New Website Launch We are really excited about our refreshed website with its dedicated policy section and we welcome your feedback so we can continue to develop […]

Institute Vice President chairs cross-sector landscape debate

The Institute’s Vice President, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, recently chaired a thought-provoking cross-sector debate on the importance of landscape architecture in woodland design. The event was organised by the team at Landscape Matters, a project founded in November 2020 by the Landscape Architects Edward Hutchison and Brodie McAllister BA DipLA FLI FHEA. The aim of Landscape […]

Institute Responds to the Agriculture (Wales) White Paper

The Agriculture (Wales) White Paper set out the Welsh Government’s plans for rural policy and support now that we have left the European Union. The White Paper noted the barriers to woodland creation and management and outlined proposals to address these. It also made proposals for regulatory reform, including changes to allow Ministers to add […]

Institute Responds to National Planning Policy Framework

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consulted on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. We worked with our partners, the Arboricultural Association and the Landscape Institute, and were advised by an expert group from across planning and urban forestry.     Our key points were: Support for tree-lined streets Urging strategic links […]

Watch: BBC Earth Video on Street Trees

This is an excellent video from BBC Earth on the importance of street trees featuring Associate member, Colleen O’Sullivan (London Tree Officers Association), and Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 speaker, Dr Nadina Galle (Ecological Engineer).

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 […]

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 […]