Institute announces accreditation of three sector graduate programmes

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Professional & Educational Standards Committee convened on the 18 May 2023 to approve the accreditation of graduate schemes offered by Savills UK, Scottish Woodlands, and Tilhill. Successful completion of the respective graduate schemes now offers individuals two additional Professional Membership Entry (PME) qualifying points, meaning graduates without an […]

Forestry key for future Net Zero workforce

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) recently published the briefing, A Net Zero workforce, outlining the impact of a transition to Net Zero by 2030, and how the transition will affect workers across a range of sectors. This briefing will inform the UK Government’s Net Zero and Nature Workforce Action Plan that is due to be […]

Help steer research on development-related impacts on ancient woodland

Funded by Defra’s Nature for Climate Fund, the AWDev (NCF): Ancient Woodland and Development Impacts project aims to deliver evidence that will underpin future policy, practice, and sector guidance for safeguarding ancient woodlands whilst supporting responsible development and woodland use. The project is jointly run by an interdisciplinary team of landscape ecologists, social scientists, forest ecologists […]

Prestigious Institute Awards presented at National Conference 2023

The Institute’s National Conference 2023: Connecting Trees, Farmers and Foresters took place in Birmingham last month and a number of prestigious awards were presented to well-deserving, long-serving members who have played important roles in shaping the Institute’s operations. Having dedicated his entire career to enhancing and promoting the professionalism of forestry, the Institute was delighted […]

Institute’s Executive Director speaks at Westminster Employer Forum

Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Louise Simpson, spoke at the Westminster Employment Forum’s recent keynote seminar – ‘Green skills – next steps for policy, and priorities for education and training, businesses, and the workforce’ on Tuesday 23 May. With the UK Government’s commitment to the creation of two million green jobs by […]

Notice of Arboriculture Fatality

On behalf of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group, we regret to announce that a member of public was killed when a tree fell onto their car in Buckinghamshire last month. We want to take this opportunity to remind members to ensure your organisation and staff are undertaking regular training […]

Scottish Forestry Trust Announces Award Winners

The Scottish Forestry Trust has announced two joint winners of their Scottish Woodlands Student Excellence Award for 2023 which were presented at their recent Bursary Student Seminar at the University of Stirling and supported by Scottish Forestry. The first joint winner is Dr Heather Dun, now working in plant health with Forest Research who completed […]

Geraint Richards MVO FICFor elected as new President of the Institute

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected Geraint Richards MVO FICFor as the new President. Geraint succeeds Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, who has completed two years in the role. Andrew Sowerby FICFor, Director at Pryor & Rickett Silviculture, succeeds Geraint in the role of Vice President. Geraint is Head Forester for the Duchy of […]

Dr Stuart Glen invited to sit on Unlocking Potential panel

The graduate scheme, Unlocking Potential, is a 12-month training programme for Tilhill and Maelor Forest Nurseries (part of the BSW Group) employees. With an annual cohort of graduates, the final session of the programme involves a ‘Dragons Den’ style session where business ideas are pitched to a panel. Dr Stuart Glen, the Institute’s Member Services […]

New forestry Cabinet Secretary in Scotland

Following Humza Yousaf’s election as First Minister of Scotland, and a Cabinet reshuffle, Mairi Gougeon MSP’s new role of Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands now includes the responsibility of forestry and woodlands. Ms Gougeon was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016 and has previous knowledge of the sector, having been […]