Bright future for Forestry Commission in England

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 […]