Policy Roundup – September 2020

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 England Tree Strategy This month we issued two responses to Defra on the England Tree Strategy consultation – one on behalf of the Institute, and the other […]

Defra Launch UK’s First Plant Health Week

With 2020 being the UN’s International Year of Plant Health, Defra is hosting the UK’s first Plant Health Week from 21 – 27 September. Designed in collaboration with multiple organisations in the plant and forestry sectors, it aims to raise awareness of plant health threats and the actions people can take to keep our plants […]

Survey Finds Farmers Want More Support for Agroforestry

Produced in collaboration with the Soil Association and the Farm Woodland Forum, the Agroforestry Handbook was published in 2019 and aims to help farmers make decisions about planting and integrating trees into their farming systems. The following survey was designed to assess the impact of the handbook and to identify what further support was needed […]

Our Response to the England Tree Strategy Consultation

The England Tree Strategy is an immense opportunity, with high risk and reward On behalf of our members and the profession, we have responded to the consultation on the development of an England Tree Strategy. Along with the questionnaire, we wrote a covering statement setting out our position as an organisation. Read our Response Our […]

Forestry Sector Responds to the England Tree Strategy

The England Tree Strategy presents a huge opportunity to shape the future of England’s treescapes while combatting the climate and nature crises. With the consultation closing on Friday 11 September, we have been working with the Royal Forestry Society and Confor to produce a forestry sector response highlighting six priorities for the strategy going forward. […]

Policy Roundup – August 2020

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 This summer, we’ve had two significant policy developments, both presenting a huge opportunity for the future of trees and woodlands, so this is where we’ve focussed our […]

Welcome to CPD September

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) allows you to excel in your field, by enhancing your knowledge and adding value through work-based activities and learning. Although this has been a difficult year for many of us, the integrity of professionals who provide robust, credible advice has never been more necessary. With this in mind, we are excited […]

Forestry Sector Responds to ELM Scheme Proposals

The Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMs) will transform the way foresters, farmers and other land managers are supported. The Institute has led on a response to the Government’s ELMs consultation to produce a forestry sector response, partnering with Confor, the Royal Forestry Society and the Woodland Trust. The scheme is set to completely overhaul the […]

Policy Roundup – July 2020

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 England Tree Strategy With the launch of the England Tree Strategy consultation, we have put together a blog on our activities on the strategy and how you […]

Forestry and Land Scotland Launches New CivTech Challenge

Forestry and Land Scotland has launched an exciting funding opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and innovators. The challenge is to come up with ways to analyse and measure forest trees better. The main focus is on trying to understand the properties  and quality of the timber in different areas of forest, so that those areas can […]

Your CPD Hub

Undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is essential to being a professional. Lifelong learning creates a competent, innovative, forward-looking individual and as such benefits the profession as a whole. COVID-19 has changed the way in which many of us work, but in these unprecedented times the integrity of professionals who provide robust, credible advice has never […]

Dr Helen McKay OBE FICFor Appointed Chief Forester for Scotland

New voice for the forestry profession Dr Helen McKay OBE FICFor has been appointed as the new Chief Forester for Scotland. In her new role, she will provide technical and professional advice on forestry matters to Scottish Government Ministers. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Dr McKay has worked for Forest Research since […]

Consultation launched on the England Tree Strategy

Defra has launched a consultation on the new England Tree Strategy which calls on the views and knowledge of (in particular) foresters and land managers. This strategy has been a long time coming and it is a huge opportunity to shape the future of England’s treescapes. What can you do? Respond to our survey to […]

Institute Joins the Environmental Policy Forum

We’re pleased to now be a member of the Environmental Policy Forum, a network of UK environmental professional bodies promoting environmental sustainability and resilience for the public benefit. A by-invitation-only membership group, the forum was established to provide the opportunity for collaboration, learning, dialogue and debate amongst professionals across the environmental disciplines and is currently […]

Green Recovery Wales Virtual Festival Announced

Taking place in the week that would have been the Royal Welsh Show (RWS), the Green Recovery Wales virtual 3-day festival will feature a wide range of farming, food and nature experts and organisations. Green Recovery Wales will be an innovative, free, virtual festival that will champion a post COVID-19 Green and Just Recovery, taking […]

UKWAS Review Announced & Call for Stakeholder Input

The beginning of a formal process to review and, if thought necessary, revise the UKWAS certification standard was announced on 1 July by the UKWAS steering group. The current 4th edition of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard, known as UKWAS 4, has been in effect since 1 April 2018 and in accordance with the UKWAS procedures, […]

Statement on CPD Obligation

In these extraordinary times the integrity of professionals who provide robust, credible advice has never been more necessary. More and more, the Institute and its members are expected to publicly demonstrate their commitment to ongoing professional development. It is why the commitment to continuous professional development (CPD) lies at the heart of maintaining a member’s […]

Institute Policy Roundup – June 2020

Our monthly policy roundup blog updates you on what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too.  England Tree Strategy Defra launched the long-awaited England Tree Strategy on Friday 19 June and there is plenty for our sector to respond to with the opportunity of influencing future policy […]

Responding to the Climate Emergency with New Trees & Woodlands

To help local authorities and landowning businesses achieve net zero, the Forestry Commission has produced the guide ‘Responding to the climate emergency with new trees and woodlands‘. With the UK climate changing, trees, woods and forests play a key role in mitigating the effects of climate change. Woodland creation should be at the heart of any […]

Institute Policy Roundup – May 2020

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 We are refining plans for the Institute’s policy strategy and resulting workstreams We published the results of our COVID-19 survey. Read them here We have analysed results […]

#StudentHour

Keeping Connected These are extraordinary times and we’re aware that many students will have had to adjust to new and perhaps unfamiliar teaching and examination practices. As we approach the end of the academic year, here at the Institute, we realise the importance of keeping connected, from both professional and health-related perspectives. With this in […]

Professor Euan Mason Awarded Honorary Fellowship

Professor Euan Mason Awarded Honorary Fellowship for his Long-Serving Role as Editor of Leading Forestry Journal The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to award Professor Euan Mason an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his role as an Editor for Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research since 2004.  The Honorary Fellowship is a distinguished award bestowed upon individuals in respect of notable service […]

Guidance for Members on COVID-19

We are here to offer support and guidance during this difficult time. Below, we have summarised the advice that’s relevant to the forestry and arboriculture sector. Please note that the advice for Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales may differ so it is best to check official government advice for the country you are living […]

Institute Policy Roundup – April 2020

We’re excited to introduce the first monthly policy roundup blog – bringing you updates from what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too.  Policy Strategy Council approved our new policy strategy at the end of March so we can really push forward with the work we’ve been […]

Two Chartered Foresters Receive 2020 Peter Savill Award

We are delighted to say that the joint winners of the Woodland Heritage 2020 Peter Savill Award are two Fellows of the Institute, Professor Julian Evans OBE FICFor and Dr Gabriel Hemery FICFor. This is only the second joint award and has been done in recognition of the close working relationships that both winners had […]

Accelerating Woodland Creation – Conference Report

The Accelerating Woodland Creation conference on March 25 highlighted what should be done for England to fulfil a meaningful share of the UK’s ambitious goal of 30,000 hectares of new woodland per year until 2025. The UK Climate Change Committee has suggested that net zero will only be possible if this level of planting can be sustained […]

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 […]

#TheFutureIsForestry Winners Announced

The winners of Confor’s #TheFutureisForestry essay and video awards were announced today- with Jenny Knight of the University of Birmingham picking up the essay prize and Dan Haslam (Scottish Woodlands) winning for best video. The awards were due to be presented at Westminster by Defra Minister Lord Goldsmith yesterday (Tuesday 24th March), but the event […]

COVID-19 Events Update

As you will no doubt be aware, the UK and much of the world is currently experiencing a significant health crisis. In these unprecedented times, and in light of recent advice from the government and WHO on the coronavirus, the Institute has decided to postpone or change a number of events that were planned over […]

Scottish Government Provides £7 Million for Timber Transport Projects

Fergus Ewing has reminded local authorities and land owners that they could miss out on funding support for Timber Transport projects if they don’t get application proposals in by the 9th March deadline. The Strategic Timber Transport Fund (STTF), managed by Scottish Forestry, provides co-funding for projects that minimise the impact of timber lorries on […]

DAERA Pledge to Plant 18 Million Trees Over the Next 10 Years

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA has pledged to help tackle climate change by planting 18 million trees over the next 10 years – 10 for every person in Northern Ireland. The ‘Forests for our Future’ programme is Northern Ireland’s biggest and most ambitious plan to develop our forests and contribute to sustainable economic growth and […]

Tustins: New Forestry Agency

2020 saw the launch of Tustins, a bespoke business aimed at providing the highest levels of service for forestry sales, acquisitions and valuations throughout England, Wales and Scotland. The two directors of Tustins are certainly not newcomers to this business and are well known throughout the UK forestry sector. Mike Tustin MICFor and John Clegg […]

Laying the Groundwork for Managing Ash Dieback in Scotland

Jonathan Callis MICFor, Senior Asset Engineer at Network Rail, attended Scotland’s Ash Dieback Risk Group meeting, coordinated by Scottish Forestry, last month in Edinburgh. With the help of a newly formed Ash Dieback Risk Group, Scotland is gearing up to deal with a significant increase in damage likely to arise from ash dieback over the […]

Sir William Worsley Appointed as Forestry Commission Chair

Announced today by Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, Sir William Worsley will take on the role as the new Chair of the Forestry Commission. He follows on from Sir Harry Studholme who was Chair for seven years. Sir William will step down as the government’s Tree Champion when he starts his new three-year-long role on 10 […]

A 2020 Vision: To Find Scotland’s Finest Forests and Woods

The annual search to find Scotland’s finest forests and most wonderful woods has begun. Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2020 celebrates the programme’s 35th anniversary and builds on its biggest-ever year in 2019, when Fort Augustus Woodlands won the one-off 1919 Forestry Act Centenary Award. Angela Douglas, Executive Director of Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards, said: “2019 […]

Working Together for Trees: A New Standard for Individual Tree Data Collection

There has never been a more important or urgent time to collect data on urban trees. High-quality data will help harness the current wave of enthusiasm for tree planting, and to address the challenges to urban trees from pests, diseases, climate-change and development. However, the resources to support urban trees have declined rapidly in the […]

ICF Executive Director Awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

A Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal has been awarded to Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019. It is in recognition of the positive contribution she has made to forestry, including her work with TREE AID, an international charity […]

Have Your Say on the Future of Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Landscape Apprenticeships

The Insitute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has launched a major review of apprenticeships for Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care in England. The review will recommend changes to our existing apprenticeships and set the priorities for apprenticeships in our industries going forward. A consultation supporting this review is now open until 4 December. It is […]

Programme Launched for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4

International Urban Trees Conference Programme Announced With urban forestry high on the political and social agenda, the programme for the UK’s foremost international urban trees research conference has been announced, highlighting the critical importance of creating resilient towns and cities with innovative green infrastructure solutions. Download Programme>> Almost 100 papers were submitted to the Trees, […]

Forestry Climate Change Action Plan Progress Report

Martin Glynn FICFor, the Institute’s representative on the Forestry and Climate Change Working Group (FCCWG), highlights that while much is being done since the Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation of forests, woods and trees was published in England a year ago, a lot more needs to be undertaken. Few of us can have failed […]

Industry showcase will celebrate forestry, past, present and future

The Scottish School of Forestry will celebrate ‘Forestry: Past, Present and Future’ with an industry showcase on Saturday 7th September. If you are attending the event, please visit the Institute’s stand and say hello to the Insitute’s Technical Officer, Dr Rob Hawkins. The free, family friendly event marks 100 years since the Forestry Act was […]

Expressions of Interest Open for Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees

The Forestry Commission is looking for new volunteer members to serve on its Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees (FWAC) in England. It is an excellent opportunity for Chartered Members to get involved and help to shape the way the sector leads in terms of protection, improvement, and expansion of woodlands. They are looking to appoint […]

ICF Awards UK’s Emerging Forestry and Arboricultural Talent

Foresters and Arboriculturists of the future have been recognised in the annual Student Awards from the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the only professional body in the UK to award chartered status. Each year the Institute presents the awards to top students who have studied at universities and colleges in the UK which run ICF-accredited forestry […]

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 […]

Growing Innovation

Josh Roberts MICFor, Policy Advisor at Scottish Forestry, reports on an innovation fund that has just opened. Forestry and Land Scotland want everyone with a potential interest in plant nursery technology to know about an innovation fund that has just opened. The fund will support the research and development of new products to boost the […]

Call for Papers Deadline Extended for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4

International Conference in UK The call for papers for the international cross-discipline urban tree and infrastructure conference Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 has been extended to Sunday 1 September 2019. The 2020 conference takes place at the University of Birmingham on 22 and 23 of April, and follows on from acclaimed events in […]

Arboriculture Has Vital Role in Housing Development and Highways Maintenance

Arboriculturists have a vital role in helping developers make sure they take on board new Government advice to plant more trees, and in maintaining trees along the nation’s highways, according to the UK’s professional body which awards Chartered Arboriculturist status. Responding to Communities Secretary James Brokenshire’s call for developers to plant more trees and green […]

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 […]

Scientific Paper Described as ‘Inspiring’ for Forest Managers and Research Scientists Wins 2018 Silvicultural Prize

Forest managers and research scientists, wherever they work around the world, are set to be inspired by the winning scientific paper of the 2018 Silvicultural Prize awarded by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The Percy Stubbs and John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture is awarded annually for work advancing the sector’s […]

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 […]

New Development Director at the Institute of Chartered Foresters

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has appointed a new Development Director who will play a key role in establishing and cultivating partnerships to support professionalism in forestry and arboriculture. Louise Simpson has 20 years’ experience in evidence gathering, policy development, strategy, campaigning, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, and people management. She has a BA from the […]

Professional Foresters Can Help Deliver Low Carbon Farming in Scotland

Professional foresters can help farmers in Scotland develop innovative low carbon practices as part of a new initiative announced by the Scottish Government. The Institute of Chartered Foresters, whose head office is based in Edinburgh, today (Thursday 09 May) welcomed the announcement by Scottish Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon on a new farmer-led initiative to […]

Professional Foresters Have Major Role in Helping Combat Climate Change

Professional foresters will have a vital role when it comes to meeting the recommendations made today (Thursday 02 May) by the Committee on Climate Change for the UK to be carbon-free by 2050, according to the Institute of Chartered Foresters. Members of the Institute are already working with private and public landowners to plant new […]

New President and Vice President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Elected

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected a new President and Vice President. Alastair Sandels FICFor was elected President as the successor to David Edwards FICFor, who has completed two years in the role, and Sharon Hosegood FICFor succeeds Alastair as Vice President. She is the first Chartered Arboriculturist to hold this position. Alastair […]

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 […]

International Urban Tree Expert to Chair Global Conference in Birmingham

Renowned expert on trees, green spaces and public health in urban environments, Professor Cecil Konijnendijk, is to chair one of the foremost international conferences on tree research and urban greenspace which comes to Birmingham in 2020. Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 (TPBE4), an international event which is held every three years, encompasses the […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2019 – Call for Presentations Now Open

Building on the success of the last three conferences, the fourth National Tree Officer’s Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). This is a great opportunity for tree, woodland and planning officers to present to their peers […]

Women in Forestry Encouraged to Show and Tell

A campaign is being launched to encourage women who work in forestry, which includes management and conservation, as well as science, research and arboriculture, to tell the world what they do and encourage others to take it up as a career. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), the professional body for foresters and arboriculturists in […]

Help the Institute create new Higher Level Apprenticeships in England

The arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and landscape apprenticeship partnership is developing a proposal for further apprenticeships in our industries. A survey has been undertaken to identify the need for more advanced roles than the four already developed for operatives and supervisors. The Institute has already hosted two meetings with the industry and draft occupational duties are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Biggest-Ever Celebration of Scotland’s Finest Woods

A prize to celebrate 100 years since the 1919 Forestry Act is the highlight of the annual competition to find Scotland’s best and most inspiring woods. Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2019 will present the one-off 1919 Forestry Act Centenary Award in a year offering more prizes than ever before – including a second for Farm […]

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 […]

Help Shape the Direction of Scotland’s Forestry

Diverse and versatile forests and woodlands are located across Scotland and serve both rural and urban communities; they are valuable natural assets, providing a range of benefits which support sustainable and inclusive economic growth, sustain livelihoods, enhance our environment and improve people’s quality of life and well-being. The Scottish Government has committed to developing a […]

National Tree Officers Conference launches vibrant logo

To mark the success of the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC), the Institute of Chartered Foresters, London Tree Officers Association and Municipal Tree Officers Association have launched a new logo. The brand was led by NTOC Steering Group under the advisement of Hester McQueen, ICF Marketing & Communications Officer. The design of the NTOC marks […]

The ICF Trophy at the 2018 Royal Welsh Agricultural Show

Best Overall Professional Woodland Management in the Show The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society gives forestry managers a chance to exhibit their skills within the various categories for entry.  Large, and small, young and old, with both hardwoods and conifers having separate classes. There are four sections for various sized estates, and nine for the many […]

ICF Awards UK’s Emerging Forestry and Arboricultural Talent

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has honoured a number of outstanding students with awards during June and July. The students have completed an ICF accredited course at one of the UK’s colleges and universities that teach forestry and arboriculture. This award builds valuable connections between the profession and the UK’s ever growing forestry and […]

Booking opens for the UK’s only dedicated Tree Officer Conference

The acclaimed National Tree Officers Conference will return to Telford, 6 November 2018. Last years’ outstanding event hosted more than 230 delegates from local authorities and private practice around the UK, who travelled to Telford last November. This is the only major conference dedicated to the needs of Tree Officers. More than 93% of last […]

Fine forests and wonderful woodlands honoured

The Institute was delighted to support the 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards. The very best forests and woodlands have been honoured in Scotland’s annual ‘Tree Oscars’. The winners of the 2018 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards were chosen from an “outstanding” year of entries, according to the judges. The Awards programme honours the contributions made by […]

ICF welcomes new Tree Champion

The Institute has welcomed the appointment of Sir William Worsley as the ‘Tree Champion’ to expand England’s forest and woodland cover. The appointment has been made by Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP and follows through on a commitment made in Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan. Sir William’s passion for trees was evident when the Institute […]

Scotland delivers nearly 80% of UK new planting

The Institute is delighted to hear that there has been an increase in the yearly tree planting figures in Scotland. Figures illustrated that 7,100 hectares of new woodland was planted during 2017/18, a rise of 2,300 hectares from the previous year. Forestry Commission Scotland stated: Around 60 percent is ‘productive’ planting – specifically aimed at […]

New quarantine proposals to protect England’s trees

Environment Secretary launches first Tree Health Resilience Strategy to protect England’s trees from pests and diseases for generations to come. Proposals to consult industry on new quarantine arrangements for high-risk plants are among the measures set out today (Friday 25 May) in the Government’s plan to protect the UK’s precious trees. Currently quarantine is used by some […]

Time to #PledgeLessPlastic for World Environment Day 2018

The Society for the Environment is urging individuals and organisations to “pledge less plastic” for World Environment Day 2018. Following the announcement by UN Environment that the theme for World Environment Day 2018 is “beat plastic pollution – if you can’t reuse it, refuse it”, the Society is asking you to play your part. “If […]

Doing it differently in Forestry

Over 330 professionals descended on the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 2-3 May, for the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ flagship national conference. Delegates at the two-day conference on innovation heard from an exceptional selection of both UK and international speakers on a wide range of subjects setting out what the future may hold and how […]

UK i-Tree Eco impact evaluation study now published

The study by Forest Research found i-Tree Eco projects can positively impact awareness, policy and management of urban forests and identifies opportunities for greater impact in future projects. View study >>

Bright future for National Forest Estate

Scotland’s National Forest Estate now has a bright future and unique opportunity to strengthen its delivery of economic, environmental and social benefits. That was the key message from Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing when he undertook his first visit to Forest Enterprise Scotland’s (FES) headquarters in Inverness to meet staff. Now that the Forestry and […]

Dr Bragg A Worthy Winner of the 2017 Silvicultural Prize

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to have awarded Dr Don C. Bragg, Research Forester and Project Leader at US Forest Service, Monticello, the 2017 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture – for advancing our knowledge of silviculture. Dr Don has received this prestigious award in recognition of his […]

Nominations Now Open for the Environmental Professional of the Year 2018 Award

The Society for the Environment has opened the nominations for the prestigious Environmental Professional of the Year 2018 award. The annual Environmental Professional of the Year award celebrates an individual’s exceptional commitment or major achievement where their professional practice has made a real difference to protecting, preserving or enhancing the environment and advancing the principles […]

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 […]

Microsoft and John Deere add weight to UK’s Innovative Forestry Conference

Recent announcements from the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) confirm that World-wide technology giant Microsoft and leading forest machinery manufacturer John Deere Forestry will be represented at its National Conference in Edinburgh this May. Innovation for Change: New drivers for tomorrow’s forestry, at Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 2-3 May, will look at the how […]

Recent Fatality: Arboricultural Association response

Stewart Wardrop, Chief Executive Officer at the Arboricultural Association (AA), has stated the actions being taken by the AA to advise its membership, the wider arboricultural audience and relevant partner organisation of the tragic events relating to Mr Daniels death: Publish a summary of the events to their membership via a safety bulletin notice. This […]

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2018

Fine forests and wonderful woods What makes a fine forest or a wonderful wood? As Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2018 seeks the latest cream of the crop, previous winners have a few suggestions. Sometimes it’s a long-standing project that has learned lessons over many years and become a shining example of excellence. Carrifran Wildwood in […]

£3 million for central belt tree planting

Funding for tree planting schemes in the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) area has been trebled as woodland creation activity reaches unprecedented levels. Currently, around 2,500ha of woodland creation activity, about the same size as East Kilbride, is being planned for this year. If all the projects come to fruition as expected, it will be […]

Borders farmers and landowners invited to forestry talks

Forestry Commission Scotland is hosting three evening talks in the Scottish Borders aimed at encouraging farmers and land owners to integrate tree planting into their business. The free talks will also provide information on the attractive forestry grants now available to help support tree planting and woodland management. The forestry talks are to be held […]

Government’s vision for a greener future launched

Today the government has published its 25 Year Environment Plan. A pledge to eliminate avoidable waste, introduce new safeguards for wildlife and connect more children with nature are among the ambitious plans for a greener future outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May and Environment Secretary Michael Gove today. In a major speech today, the Prime Minister […]

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. […]

New Northern Forest gets Government backing

The Prime Minister has announced plans for a new Northern Forest as part of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan Ambitious plans to create a new ‘Northern Forest’ along the M62 corridor have been kick-started today following an announcement by the Prime Minister Theresa May. Following backing from the Environment Secretary Michael Gove, over the next […]

Top Forestry Students win Tilhill Forestry Awards

James Edward Broom, ICF Student member, winner of ICF’s 2017 Student Award and the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award has now won the Tilhill Forestry Award for the Best Dissertation on his course. Jonathan Hawick, ICF Student member, has won the Tilhill Forestry Award for Best New Planting Application. Tilhill Forestry reports on […]

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 […]

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 […]

England’s largest woodland planting scheme gets green light

More than 600,000 trees are set to be planted across Northumberland over the next two years, with England’s largest woodland planting scheme in decades given the go-ahead by the Forestry Commission today. Thanks to government funding, Doddington North Moor has been given consent to plant a new 350-hectare forest near Wooler in Northumberland – the […]

Industry asks, should we have apprentices for managerial positions?

Following the successful launch of the arborist, forest operative and horticulture and landscape operative apprenticeships in England, earlier this year, the employer-led partnership behind the initiative is now asking the question, does industry require apprenticeships for managerial or advanced technical roles? The trailblazer partnership, which includes 50 industry employers, is now investigating if there is […]

Bright future for Forestry Commission in England

The Environment Minister has announced new arrangements for the Forestry Commission in England. New changes to strengthen the role of the Forestry Commission and protect England’s forests for future generations have been announced by Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey. From April 2019 Scottish Ministers will take on full responsibility for their national forests – meaning the Forestry […]

Countdown begins for Countryside Stewardship woodland creation

Farmers, foresters and landowners are today being encouraged to plan ahead for the next round of funding for woodland creation, which opens for applications in just two months. From 2 January 2018, landowners can apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to plant and protect more trees under the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant – […]

Launch of the HS2 Woodland Fund

HS2 Ltd has established a £5 million fund to support the restoration of existing plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) and the creation of new native woodland. This is in addition to its main tree planting programme. The first £1 million of this funding is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 […]

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 […]

ICF Representative Needed for JCLI Contracts Forum

An opportunity has arisen for a volunteer to represent the Institute on the JCLI Contracts Forum. JCLI agrees and badges commercial and domestic project standard forms of contract and associated guidance documents for the landscape industry. The contracts and guidance are produced and published by individual member organisations. Examples of current documents. The JCLI Contracts […]

Workshops to address Key Updates and Recommendations in the 2017 UKFS Review

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has partnered with Forestry Commission England (FCE) to deliver a UKFS Principles – Plans into Practice workshop, at a series of locations across England this November. This workshop will update practitioners, with particular focus on developing operational plans, helping to ensure they meet UKFS on the ground. In addition, […]

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 […]

New Tree Charter to Launch at Lincoln Castle

A new start for woods and trees On 6th November 2017 the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People – Tree Charter for short – will be formally launched at Lincoln Castle. Two years in the making, rooted in more than 60,000 stories from people across the UK about the trees and woods in their […]

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 […]

Farming groups given £1.7 million to boost the environment

A fund opens on 1 September for groups of farmers and organisations to bid for cash for large scale environmental projects in their area. The third round of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund is open for applications from 1 September to 14 November 2017. The fund encourages landowners to think beyond their own fields, meadows and […]

Forestry collaboration success

Public and private forestry collaboration in the Highlands is laying the foundations for economic opportunity says Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing. Speaking at a visit to the Norbord plant in Dalcross (Friday 25 Aug), Mr Ewing praised the part that HIE, Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) played in giving Norbord the […]

August Update: Mackinnon Review

A review of forestry planting approval procedures was undertaken in Scotland last year by Jim Mackinnon CBE. The review aims to reduce the complexity, duration and cost of tree planting applications. Mackinnon Review – Comms Lines for Delivery Reference Group Background At the Delivery Reference Group meeting (DRG) on Friday 16th June it was agreed […]

Winners of the ICF Trophy at 2017 The Royal Welsh Show

For Best Professional Woodland Management in the Show At the 2017 Royal Welsh Show, John Ferguson MICFor was winner of this splendid trophy, for their management work on Rhyd-y-Felin, 475 hectares of commercial plantation owned by the FIM Forest Fund, and located near Bala. It was planted in the 1970’s, largely unthinned with 190 hectares […]

ICF Student Awards Showcases Rising Stars in the Sector

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has delivered a number of distinguished student awards over the summer months, building valuable connections between the industry and the UK’s rising forestry and arboricultural talent. The 2017 ICF Student Awards were presented at graduations across the UK during June and July, by ICF representatives, recognising academic achievement in […]

Grants to Improve Forestry Productivity in England

The forestry sector can now apply for a new round of Countryside Productivity Scheme which aims to improve productivity of farm and forestry businesses by making targeted investments to encourage best practice and innovation.  There is £120 million of funding for projects that improve farm productivity – this will help farmers, foresters and landowners manage their land more […]

Views needed for future of Tweed Valley forests

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is seeking views from stakeholders and members of the public on the future management of the seven key forests that make up the Tweed Valley Forest Park. The feedback will help form the new Land Management Plan for the Park which lays the foundations on how the forests and woodlands will […]

‘Welsh Government to be more Ambitious on Woodland Policy’

According to a National Assembly committee, the Welsh Government should urgently rethink its woodland strategy and aim to significantly increase planting rates. A report calls on the Welsh Government to be more ambitious on woodland policy in Wales and address barriers to increasing planting. The Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee launched their report […]

Aerial spraying trial set for area south of Inverness

Forestry Commission Scotland is to step up the fight against tree pests and diseases – by quantifying drift patterns by spraying a common food colouring from a helicopter. Commission staff will undertake an aerial spraying trial – which will not involve the use of any pesticides – to improve their understanding should this technique ever […]

Invest in Professional Arboriculture and the Urban Forest

The Arboricultural Association organised the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Horticulture and Gardening event on 18th July 2017 in Victoria Tower Gardens, London. The event focused on the need to invest in the Urban Forest and the need for skilled and professional individuals to be utilised by decision makers from a local to national level. Keith […]

Forest tourism boost for Tweed Valley

Plans for luxury woodland eco-cabins and new trails at Glentress Forest could take the popular visitor destination to the next level and grow the Borders’ tourism economy. That’s the aim of a joint partnership between Forest Enterprise Scotland and Forest Holidays who are joining forces for an £11.3 million investment to create 56 secluded eco-cabins, […]

New £13m tree Planting fund for England’s Woodland Announced

A £13 million fund to help landowners plant more trees to protect wildlife, boost the timber sector and reduce flood risk will soon open for applications, Forestry Minister Thérèse Coffey confirmed today. Farmers, foresters and land managers across the UK will be able to apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to plant, weed and […]

GreenBlue Urban are Delighted to Celebrate their 25th Silver Anniversary

The month was July, the year 1992 – A landscape gardener from Hastings, East Sussex having studied horticulture, arboriculture, tree nomenclature and landscape design at Plumpton Agricultural College soon realised there were causes for early tree mortality. On a particularly dry summer he discovered that drought stress was the biggest single killer for newly planted […]

New chair for UKWAS Interpretation Panel

Graham Gill OBE, FICFor has been appointed chair of the UKWAS Interpretation Panel. Graham who graduated from Edinburgh University in 1975 spent his entire career with the Forestry Commission during which he worked in a wide variety of roles including as a researcher focusing on forest genetics, a forest manager in the Scottish Highlands and […]

ProArb Catches up with our President, David Edwards FICFor

ProArb catches up with our President, David Edwards FICFor, to find out about his ambitions for the Institute. At the Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 Conference in April, David Edwards FICFor was elected as the successor to David Henderson-Howat FICFor, who stood down after two years at the helm. David is the District […]

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 […]

ICF Representative Needed for UK Woodland Assurance Standard Steering Group

An opportunity has arisen for a volunteer to represent the Institute on the UKWAS steering group. The Steering Group works on the basis of consensus so that the interests of all stakeholders carry equal weight. It is responsible for protecting the UKWAS name, maintaining and interpreting the standard and ensuring its periodic revision. To fulfil […]

Associate member John Parker, Chair of the LTOA Wins Top European Award

In Barcelona at the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) John Parker, Chair of the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) was awarded the title of European Young Urban Forester of the Year 2017. This prestigious award is a reflection of John’s ongoing hard work for the LTOA and Transport for London (TfL), where he is […]

The Race is on for the UK’s only Dedicated National Tree Officers Conference Tickets

The acclaimed National Tree Officers Conference will return to Telford, 8 November 2017. The outstanding inaugural event hosted more than 200 delegates from local authorities around the UK, who travelled to Telford last November. This is the only major conference dedicated to the needs of Tree Officers. More than 97% of last year’s delegates felt […]

LISS/CSCS Cards Are Now Available for ICF members

Land Based Industry Skills Scheme (LISS) and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards are now available for ICF members: Red Card – Trainee (Technical, Supervisor & Managers route) – Associate member of ICF Cards expires after 3 years – one renewal (Total 6 years) PQP Card – Professionally Qualified Person – Chartered or Fellow ICF […]

James Hepburne Scott FICFor (Hon) has been elected President of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society

  Chartered Forester James Hepburne Scott FICFor (Hon), an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, has been elected President of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS), following Sir Patrick Hunter-Blair’s two-year tenure of office. James will be known to some through his work with Alba Trees nursery from 1992 to 2012. During this time […]

National Tree Improvement Strategy Launches

The National Tree Improvement Strategy (NTIS) was launched at Future Trees Trust’s Annual Supporters’ Day in Cirencester. Future Trees Trust, Confor, the Forestry Commission and Forest Research are the founding members of the NTIS. You can download the NTIS document on the Future Trees Trust’s website. The aim of the NTIS is to unite all […]

Forestry Commission England – South West Alert: Sweet Chestnut Blight

Two new zones have been identified and the restricted area within the four existing zones has been reduced. These changes apply from 12th May 2017. UK plant health authorities – the Forestry Commission and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) – are imposing a prohibition on the movement of sweet chestnut material including plants, […]

“Tree Planting in England Plumbs New Depths”

Tree planting in England has plunged to an all-time low, with only 525 hectares of new woodland created in the year to March 31, 2017. Confor’s Chief Executive Stuart Goodall said the statistics were both shocking and depressing – and an indication of total policy failure. “These figures are pathetic – we thought things couldn’t […]

Empowering Communities to own Woodland

Promoting community empowerment through the new Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS) was behind Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing’s visit to Loch Arkaig today (Friday 28 April). Mr Ewing visited the former Forest Enterprise Scotland woodlands at South Loch Arkaig and Glenmallie, which were bought by Arkaig Community Forest and Woodland Trust Scotland in December 2016. […]

Action to Prove Benefits of Outdoor Activities

Research which aims to prove that outdoor education can help physical and mental health as well as improve numeracy and literacy has been launched following a collaboration by the University of Cumbria and the professional body for outdoor education, the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL). Local research hubs that bring together practitioners and researchers will […]

BBC News Source Reveals the Government’s Nature Plan

BBC News has obtained the latest version of the draft 25-year government plan for England’s nature vision which campaigners have highlighted ‘lacks policies’. Environmentalists state the plan has a great framework for environmental management, but unfortunately it is ‘lacking in practical solutions’. While the draft 25-year plan has been delayed numerous times over the past […]

Join the Society for the Environment in Celebrating World Environment Day

  To highlight the significance of World Environment Day, the Society for the Environment is inviting environmental professionals to share and discuss examples of best practice and environmental protection via a number of platforms. This is an opportunity to showcase environmental expertise and demonstrate the contribution being made to sustainability across industry sectors during a […]

Ground-breaking Research at International Urban Trees Research Conference

Over 300 health, highways, and urban tree professionals descended on the University of Birmingham, on 5-6 April, for the third in the now renowned Trees, People and the Built Environment (TPBE) conferences. Hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters on behalf of a 20-strong conference partnership, the triennial event has established its reputation for bringing […]

ICF is Delighted to Announce its New President

Leading on from a successful first day of the Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE3) conference (which it hosts), the Institute of Chartered Foresters announced its new President following its Annual General Meeting at University of Birmingham, on the evening of the 5th April 2017. During the meeting David Edwards FICFor was elected as the successor to David Henderson-Howat FICFor, who […]

What makes a Professional?

We find ourselves in a dynamic time for forestry. The sector is burgeoning, which brings a heightened public profile and places forestry professionals well and truly in the spotlight, including their behaviour and attitude. So what makes a professional? The Oxford English Dictionary defines a professional as: professional (noun) 1. a person engaged or qualified […]

Society for the Environment celebrates two milestones for registrations in less than a week

The Society for the Environment is celebrating a strong start to 2017, having registered its 9,000th Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) on Wednesday 5th April. Plus, in the first quarter of 2017, the Society found that females made up almost 58% (57.72%) of the new registrants, which is the highest percentage of female registrants to date. Since […]

New ‘Tree Charter’ to protect people’s rights to the benefits of trees and woods

More than 70 organisations with a combined membership of 20 million people launch 10 principles to bring trees and woods to the centre of UK society. Today sees the launch of 10 guiding principles for the future of trees, woods and people, drawn from more than 50,000 stories submitted by members of the public. The […]

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2017 Recipients Announced

The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC), the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), and the Duchy of Cornwall are pleased to announce the four outstanding recipients of the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. Now in its third year, The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a UK-Canada partnership initiative between […]

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 […]

Public Health Experts Explore Health and Wellbeing Benefits from Urban Trees

The forthcoming Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE3) conference will explore the benefits of urban trees with a focus on health and transport. The advantages of trees within urban spaces has been proven, by research, to produce a positive impact and has become an important subject for a diverse group of professionals. A […]

Dr Mynors Awarded ICF’s Exclusive Honorary Fellowship for his Outstanding Contribution to Trees and Law

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted and honoured to award Dr Charles Mynors an Honorary Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to the forestry and arboriculture sector. This distinguished award is bestowed upon individuals in recognition of notable service to the advancement of forestry and/or arboricultural knowledge. It is an exclusive award, with only 14 […]

Urban Forestry is now a Health Benefit

The positive impact of trees on the health of people living and working in urban spaces has become a hot topic in recent times. Studies from around the world are proving time and again that health improvements can be seen in areas where trees are integrated into the built environment. So, it is becoming imperative […]

Urban Forestry is now an International Language

On the 5 & 6 April world experts in arboriculture, urban planning, urban forestry, public health, ecology, research  and engineering, will congregate in Birmingham for an International Conference on the latest research and practices surrounding the environmental, social, and economic benefits of urban trees. The Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 Conference (TPBE3) will […]

Professor O’Hara A Worthy Winner of the 2016 Silvicultural Prize

The Institute of Chartered Foresters is delighted to have awarded Kevin O’Hara, Professor of Silviculture at the University of California, Berkeley, the 2016 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (Silvicultural Prize) – for advancing our knowledge of silviculture. Professor O’Hara has received this prestigious award in recognition of his paper […]

ICF Welcomes Andy Lederer as Development Director

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has welcomed Andy Lederer as its new Development Director. Andy brings with him more than 11 years’ experience in the arboriculture sector, having worked with both the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and the London Borough of Islington. Andy started his career as a tree surgeon before moving to […]

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 […]

Early Bird Booking Opens for Trees, People and the Built Environment 3

Early bird booking has opened for an acclaimed urban trees research conference. Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE3) will return to Birmingham University, 5-6 April 2017. The triennial conference is a unique gathering of built and natural environment professionals, working towards the shared goal of enhancing green infrastructure. It provides an important platform […]

Vacancy: ICF Technical Officer | Salary ~£27K plus benefits

Based in Bristol with some UK travel The Institute of Chartered Foresters, a professional membership organisation for chartered forestry and arboricultural professionals, was founded in 1925. We are at an exciting point in our history and to help us continue to develop our success and our profile we are looking for an enthusiastic Technical Officer […]

European Study Tour Bursaries

New dates and destinations have been announced for the NET Programme, which provides funded study tours across Europe for those working in the natural and cultural heritage sectors in Scotland. ICF members in Scotland are encouraged to apply. The following dates have been confirmed, and a general application form is now being accepted.   Bulgaria […]

National Tree Safety Group Launches New Website

The National Tree Safety Group (NTSG) has launched a brand new website to promote its important work.The website contains information about the group, its membership and aims, as well as free publications and guidance. The NTSG is composed of a number of organisations with an interest in tree risk management, which includes the Institute of Chartered […]

Vacancy: ICF Development Director | Salary £40- 45,000

Vacancy: ICF Development Director | Salary £40- 45,000 Based in Bristol (may be flexible) The Institute of Chartered Foresters, a professional membership organisation for chartered forestry and arboricultural professionals, was founded in 1925. We are at an exciting point in our history and to help us continue to develop our success and our profile we […]

Forest Research in Search of Open Grown Trees

Why are Forest Research looking for your help? Forest Research (FR) are developing a model to predict growth in individual trees in mixed species and/or mixed age stands. The work aims to create tools to use in the management of Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF). As part of this process the model needs to be constrained […]

ICF East England Explores Nene Park and Alconbury Vale

To follow up its autumn 2015 conference, Establishing and Retaining Quality Trees in the Urban Landscape, the ICF East England regional group headed to the west of the region to visit two completely different sites which brought many of the issues discussed at the conference into a very practical context. First up was Nene Park on the […]

ICF Awards Build Important Connection between Student and Sector

  The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has delivered a series of student awards over the summer months, building important connections between the sector and the country’s top young forestry and arboricultural talent. The 2016 ICF Student Awards were distributed at graduations across the country during June and July, recognising academic achievement in ICF-accredited higher […]

ICF Restructuring Brings New Phase of Growth

Changes in organisational structure have resulted in a new phase of growth at the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The recruitment of a new Development Director, and the creation of two new roles, a Member Services Director and Technical Officer, is expected to boost membership and reinforce the Institute’s presence in its Bristol office. The […]

Booking Opens for National Tree Officers Conference 2016

Booking Opens for National Tree Officers Conference 2016 Booking has opened for the 2016 National Tree Officers Conference, which takes place on 9 November in Telford. This is the first event organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA), and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The […]

ICF Statement on Brexit

On Thursday 23 June a majority of the Great British public voted to leave the EU. ICF President, David Henderson-Howat FICFor said: “The outcome of the EU referendum will clearly have far-reaching consequences for forestry and arboriculture in the UK. Some of the potential impacts have been outlined by members in blog articles posted on […]

Call for Papers Issued for Trees, People and the Built Environment 3

  Call for Papers Issued for Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 A call for papers has been issued for a major triennial international urban trees research conference. Trees People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE 3) will take place on 5-6 April 2017, at the University of Birmingham, and follows on from acclaimed […]

Grey Squirrel Management Handbook Published

A comprehensive guide to grey squirrel control, The Grey Squirrel Management Handbook, has been published by the European Squirrel Initiative. Written by Charles Dutton FICFor, an ICF Fellow who has worked in grey squirrel research and management for over 30 years, this practical new handbook has been designed for use in the field. The book […]

ICF SE England Group Gets to Grips with Risk Management in Oxford

On 19 April 2016 the ICF South East England Regional Group met at the Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum for their spring event, Business as Usual: Risk management for practitioners and their business. The morning comprised an indoor seminar session with a variety of speakers providing us with stimulating presentations on risk management in its broadest […]

ICF Timber Conference Delegates Learn Market Potential

More than 250 delegates attended the 2016 ICF National Conference: The Timber Supply Chain: Dynamics and Opportunities on 27-28 April in Newcastle. Keynote speaker Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, Founder of Grown in Britain, challenged the conference delegates not to passively listen to the discussion, but to really “think what you can give”. These sentiments were […]

Forest Economics Prize Winners Shed Light on Global Softwood Economics

Forest Economics Prize Winners Shed Light on Global Softwood Economics Winners of the inaugural Forestry Economics Prize have shed new light on gobal softwood economics, according to a line-up of experts on the prize committee. Dr Wei-Yew Chang and Dr Chris Gaston, of the University of British Columbia, have been honoured with the award by […]

Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016-2021 Published

Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016-2021 Published The Institute welcomes the publication of A Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016 – 2021, in which the Scottish Government emphasises the importance of integrated land management that promotes sustainability. The Scottish Government ran a consultation in January, to which ICF responded with members’ feedback. We stressed the […]

The Wandering Tree Visits Edinburgh

 The ICF team visited the wandering tree on its visit to Edinburgh. The wandering tree visited Edinburgh on 17 March to support the call for a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People. This 3D artwork has been created by the Woodland Trust and aims to encourage members of the public to share their woodland […]

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 […]

2016 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Winners Announced

2016 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Winners Announced Nicholas Hill and Ellinor Dobie, ICF Student members at Bangor University, are both winners of the 2016 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award.   Four top students from Canada and the United Kingdom have been selected as this year’s recipients of The Prince of Wales Forest […]

2015 Silvicultural Prize Honours Work on Central European Forestry

2015 Silvicultural Prize Honours Work on Central European Forestry The Institute of Chartered Foresters has awarded the 2015 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (The Silvicultural Prize) to the authors of a study on the long term stand dynamics of managed spruce, fir and beech in Central Europe. Hans Pretzsch, […]

UK and Global Markets to be Examined at Major Forestry Conference

Future UK and Global Markets to be Examined at Major Forestry Conference   A major forestry conference, hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), is to highlight a range of national and international market opportunities for the timber processing sector. The Timber Supply Chain: Dynamics and Opportunities, taking place 27-28 April in Newcastle, will […]

Urban cooling with small to medium-sized green spaces

Urban cooling with small to medium-sized green spaces   With the cooling effects of large urban green spaces already well established, scientists are now looking at the benefits of small to medium-sized green areas in cities. Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, have studied small and medium parks in London to determine […]

Parliamentary Group Discuss the Role of Trees in Flood Prevention

Parliamentary Group Discuss the Role of Trees in Flood Prevention Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament   On 2nd February, ICF Policy and Development Officer Alex McAuley attended the Forestry All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPGF) meeting in Westminster, which focussed on the role of trees in flood prevention. Confor, who provide sectretariat […]

National Tree Officers Conference: Call for Abstracts

           National Tree Officers Conference: Call for Abstracts A National Tree Officer’s Conference is being organised by the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and the Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and facilitated by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). The conference, taking place on 9 November, in Telford, will provide an opportunity […]

Tree Felling Underway in Nant yr Arian to Combat P Ramorum

Tree Felling Underway in Nant yr Arian to Combat P Ramorum Natural Resources Wales have begun their second phase of tree felling at Nant yr Arian in an effort to tackle the outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum of larch. 20,000 trees, which have become infected with the fungus-like disease, are to be felled. The popular centre […]

ICF Announces Two Awards for Forestry Excellence

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced two awards for excellence in forestry. Ian Ross OBE FICFor has been awarded the prestigious Institute Medal, while James Hepburne Scott has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute. Ian Ross is recipient of ICF’s highest award, the Institute Medal, for his commitment to professional excellence […]

ICF Supports UK Charter for Trees, Woods and People

ICF Support UK Charter for Trees, Woods and People The Institute of Chartered Foresters is joining 48 organisations in a campaign, led by the Woodland Trust, which celebrates the value of our trees and woods and aims to secure their future. The Charter for Trees, Woods and People will be launched in November 2017, which […]

ICF Release Discounted Early Bird Tickets for 2016 Timber Conference

  Early Bird Tickets have gone on sale for the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) National Conference 2016 – The Timber Supply Chain: Dynamics and Opportunities, which takes place 27-28 April, in Newcastle. The ICF conference, which has become an annual sell-out event, this year focuses on the whole timber supply chain, from species selection […]

Perth & Argyll Regional Forestry Forum Seeks New Members

Perth & Argyll Regional Forestry Forum Seeks New Members The Perth and Argyll Regional Forestry Forum is seeking 6 new members to help the Forum guide the work of Forestry Commission Scotland’s local Conservancy team, which aims to increase the contribution of forestry to rural development, increase the provision of public benefits from forestry and […]

London iTree Results Highlight Value of Urban Trees

London iTree Results Highlight Value of Urban Trees The results of the London iTree urban forest survey were published on the 2nd December 2015 in the House of Lords, offering a definitive monetary value for the city’s urban trees.  Flood and air pollution reduction were some of the key benefits reavealed in the survey results. It […]

ICF Seeks Clarification Over the Draft Wildlife Law Bill

ICF Seeks Clarification Over the Draft Wildlife Law Bill ICF is seeking clarification on the draft Wildlife Law Bill to ensure that an appropriate balance is achieved between woodland management and species protection. On 10 November 2015 the Law Commission published their final report and draft Wildlife Law Bill, which aims to reform, modernise and […]

2015 British Woodlands Survey Report

2015 British Woodlands Survey Report Woodlands cover 13% of the UK’s land area and almost three quarters (2,283,000 ha) are in private ownership, yet previously little was known about the awareness of woodland owners and managers, and forestry professionals, concerning adaptation to environmental change. Earlier in 2015 a group of ten leading forestry and woodland […]

34 New Chartered Members at ICF

34 New Chartered Members at ICF The Institute is pleased to announce that it has awarded 34 new chartered membership titles (MICFor). Following the Institute’s December Council meeting last Wednesday, 4 December, 34 individuals were promoted to professional membership. The new promotions bring ICF’s total membership to 1600, the highest number in its 90 year […]

Forestry Commission Recruiting New Commissioner

Forestry Commission Recruiting New Commissioner The Forestry Commission is currently recruiting for a new Commissioner, to take up post in April 2016. The potential postholder would need to demonstrate the following: An ability to provide strategic leadership during significant organisational change An understanding of governance and accountability in the management of complex organisations. An understanding […]

Changes to the WIG Restructuring Regeneration Guidance

Changes to the WIG Restructuring Regeneration Guidance Forestry Commission Scotland have announced important changes to the WIG Restructuring Regeneration Guidance. They have recognised that the grant has proved complex for both staff and customers to understand and has led to unintended consequences such as changes being made to Forest Plans to meet grant requirements. The […]

Scottish Forestry Sector Valued at £1Billion

Scottish Forestry Sector Valued at £1Billion A new report reveals that Scotland’s forestry sector is contributing nearly £1 billion to the economy through forest management, timber processing and recreation – a substantial increase from the previous figure of £670 million. The forestry sector, including tourism and recreation, is also a major employer, supporting over 25,000 […]

UK Forest Market Report Shows Record Trading

UK Forest Market Report Shows Record Trading The UK Forest Market Report, produced by John Clegg & Co and Tilhill Forestry, shows that a record £151.15m of productive forests were traded in 2015. In total, 98 properties comprising 18,435 hectares were sold up to September of this year. The report, which gives both the buyer’s […]

Forestry Research Funding Does Not Reflect Economic Value

Forestry Research Funding Does Not Reflect Economic Value According to the Expert Committee on Forest Science, funding for forestry research does not reflect its current value to the economy. Following its 6th meeting at Forest Research’s Northern Research Station, on 26-27 October, the committee have released a statement urging increased spending on forestry research, to […]

Suffragette Oak is Scottish Tree of the Year

Suffragette Oak is Scottish Tree of the Year Jim Hume MSP, Annemiek Hoogenboom, People’s Postcode Lottery, and Rory Syme, Woodland Trust Scotland, present representatives of the Glasgow Women’s Library with their trophy. The Suffragette Oak has been named as the 2015 Scottish Tree of the Year at a ceremony that took place on Tuesday 27 […]

One Tree Per Child Bristol

One Tree Per Child Bristol On 14 October, ICF Development Director Russell Horsey and Marketing & Communictions Officer Julie Adamson attended a special tree event at Wellington Hill Playing Field in Bristol. Students of the Horfield CEVC Primary School gathered to learn about the importance of trees in our lives, and get their hands dirty […]

Provisional Results from National Survey on Woodland Resilience

Provisional Results from National Survey on Woodland Resilience Provisional results from the British Woodlands Survey 2015 ‒ this year on the themes of resilience and environmental change ‒ were released at the RFS/Woodland Trust conference on October 1st. 9/10 woodland owners and other forestry professionals reported at least one form of impact from environmental change […]

ICF Welcomes Professional Recognition in Glastir Scheme

ICF Welcomes Professional Recognition in Glastir Scheme The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has welcomed recent changes to the Glastir Woodland scheme, which recognise ICF membership. A new set of terms and conditions for the registration of Glastir Woodland Management Planners in Wales requests membership of ICF, or a similar professional body, and adherence to […]

The Future of Forestry at the University of Aberdeen

The Future of Forestry at the University of Aberdeen Following recent reports of the closure of Forestry courses at the University of Aberdeen, the Director of Teaching has issued the following statement to clarify their position. Many of you will have seen reports that the University of Aberdeen is considering changes to its Forestry programmes. I’d like […]

Small Woods Scheme Launched for Woodland Carbon Code

Small Woods Scheme Launched for Woodland Carbon Code A new deal has been launched to promote small carbon forestry projects under the Woodland Carbon Code. Sir Harry Studholme FICFor (Hon), Chair of Forestry Commission GB, discussed the changes at the Confor Woodland Show, Longleat, on 10 December. He said: “Since we launched the Woodland Carbon […]

Shoes, Paws and Wheels – Keep it Clean!

  A new FC Scotland campaign is encouraging forest visitors to clean boots, paws and wheels in an effort to prevent the spread of harmful pests and diseases. Watch their short video below and please help us share this important message.  

Forestry Careers Portal Launched

Forestry Careers Portal Launched A new online portal is set to promote careers in the forestry sector, providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for those seeking information and guidance on how to enter the sector, qualifications, education providers, and apprenticeships. Developed by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) in partnership with the Forestry Learning and Development Group, of which […]

UPM Announce Sale of Tilhill Forestry to BSW Timber Group

UPM Announce Sale of Tilhill Forestry to BSW Timber Group UPM has announced the sale of of Tilhill Forestry Ltd to BSW Timber Group. The company has stressed that the sale “does not have an effect on the employment contracts of the employees of Tilhill Forestry.” Tilhill Forestry will operate as a subsidiary of BSW […]

Forest Research Ranked First for Lab Performance

Forest Research Ranked First for Lab Performance Soil samples (c) Forestry Commission Laboratory services provided by the Forestry Commission’s Forest Research agency have been recognised as being among the top performers in Europe for plant, water and soil analysis. ICP Forests, a European Union forestry programme, have ranked the laboratories have been ranked first for […]

Peak District National Park Announce Woodland Sales

Peak District National Park Announce Woodland Sales The Peak District National Park has announced its plans to sell a number of woodlands, with six initial sites named for sale. Coronation Plantation, Nabb’s Quarry Wood, Newhaven Plantation, Shay Bends Wood, Slack Hall Wood and Wetton Wood are to go on the market, with a further woodlands […]