SSSI Status for Two London Parks

Natural England have designated two London parks as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Bushy Park and Home Park in the London Borough of Richmond have been considered to be of special interest for their exceptionally large population of ancient and veteran trees, extensive areas of semi-natural lowland dry acid grassland, and internationally significant populations of […]

NBN Reports 100 Millionth Wildlife Record

NBN Records 100 Millionth Wildlife Entry The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) has announced its 100 millionth record, making it one of the world’s largest wildlife databases.  The 100 millionth species record is Adalia bipunctata (2-spot ladybird) and was part of a dataset of more than 17,000 records from the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire. […]

#APF2014: ICF to Get Social at UK’s Largest Forestry Show

#APF2014: ICF to Get Social at UK’s Largest Forestry Show The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is joining up with Confor and the Forestry Commission to lead the online conversation in relation to the forthcoming APF Show, 18 – 20 September in Alcester. ICF will be hosting a Twitter wall at their exhibition unit (E9b), […]

‘The risk of taking shortcuts’ – AA

‘The risk of taking shortcuts’ – AA The Arboricultural Association (AA) has issued a statement following a Coronor’s report on the death of a motorist caused by a falling branch of roadside tree. Mr Warren was killed when a branch from a mature oak fell on to his car on the A332 near Ascot racecourse […]

Urban Tree Pit Comparative Study

Urban Tree Pit Comparative Study The University of Greenwich are conducting an urban tree study to investigate different tree pit systems currently available in the marketplace, which provide suitable root volumes for the long-term success of trees in hard landscapes. During the last two weeks of July, twelve tree pits were excavated and GreenBlue Urban’s […]

Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Report

Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Report The Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Report to Parliament 2011 – 2013 has been published. It contains details of the progress being made in taking forward the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy from 2011 to 2013 and information on the trends demonstrated by a series of biodiversity state and people engagement indicators. This is the […]

Welsh Government Nature Fund

Welsh Government Nature Fund Last year Alun Davies, the Minister for Natural Resources & Food, announced a £6m Nature Fund to help tackle the continued decline in biodiversity across Wales as highlighted by the State of Nature Report. Through his Written Statement on 14 May the Minister set out the key activities in which he […]

Resilience and Sitka Spruce Mixtures Studies

Resilience and Sitka Spruce Mixtures Studies Dr Scott Wilson MICFor, Consultant Forester and Forest Ecologist, is conducting two studies outlined below. He is requesting information from members and readers in relation to the projects. In both cases, responses are preferred by the end of August. Project: Re-evaluating rotational or “insurance” upland Sitka spruce mixtures Subject: […]

Forests, Food Security and Nutrition

Forests, Food Security and Nutrition The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published a factsheet on the links between ‘Forests, Food Security and Nutrition,’ in the context of a growing global population and rising demand for food. The publication notes that while agricultural expansion continues to be a major driver of deforestation, forests provide […]

Support for Forestry Businesses from FC England

Support for Forestry Businesses from FC England Forestry Commission England are promoting free support forestry businesses in relation to new grants within the new Rural Development Programme, set to start in 2015. Details of future schemes are yet to be decided or announced but if arrangements are similar to the last programme, those areas that […]

ICF Honours Young Forestry Talent

ICF Honours Young Forestry Talent as Demand Outstrips Supply A series of student awards by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) have honoured emerging talent in UK forestry and arboriculture. The ICF Best Student Awards were offered this year to students of five Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in the UK, including Bangor University, Myerscough College, […]

Recently-discovered Moth Poses Potential Threat in Scotland

Recently-discovered Moth Poses Potential Threat in Scotland Forestry Commission Scotland is stepping up its precautionary surveillance of a comparatively recently discovered moth in Scotland until more is known about its status and its potential to cause extensive damage to pine trees in current and predicted future Scottish conditions. The move aims to contain the geographic […]

LTOA Announce New Executive Committee

LTOA Announce New Executive Committee   Richard Edwards has been elected as the new Chair for LTOA   The Londom Tree Officers Association (LTOA) have announced a new Executive Committee.  Richard Edwards, Tree and Woodland Officer for the London Borough of Croydon, will take up the position of Chair, while John Parker, Arboriculture and Landscape […]

Current Certification and Approval Status of Warfarin

Current Certification and Approval Status of Warfarin Dr Ian Willoughby FICFor, Programme Group Manager (Regeneration and substainable silviculture) at Forest Research, has produced an independent report on the current certification and approval status of warfarin.  Updated 2/09/14 My understanding of the current situation regarding the status of warfarin for grey squirrel control in UK forests […]

TDAG Project on Physical Benfits of Trees

TDAG Research Project on Physical Benefits of Trees The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) have launched a new project to collect and review research to date on the physical benefits of urban trees. The project will identify what is and what is not known about such benefits, and how best to improve our knowledge. […]

New Strategy for National Forest

New Strategy for National Forest A new strategy has been launched for the next decade of the National Forest.

ICF Fellow Wins CIEEM Medal

ICF Fellow Wins CIEEM Medal CIEEM Medal winner Dr Keith Kirby (left) with CIEEM President John Box and CIEEM Chief Executive Sally Hayns (c) Steve Burden Dr Keith Kirby FICFor has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management’s (CIEEM) Institute Medal.  Dr Kirby, a Woodland Ecologist at Oxford University, has been awarded the honour […]

Monbiot Provokes Rewilding Debate at ICF Lecture

Monbiot Provokes Rewilding Debate at ICF Lecture Right of access, farming subsidies and wildlife restoration were all under discussion at a stimulating lecture from George Monbiot last night (26 June), hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF).

‘Tree safety a matter of balance’ – Arboricultural Association

‘Tree safety is a matter of balance’ – Arboricultural Association In light of recent media coverage on the risks posed by trees in areas of human traffic, the Arboricultural Association have released a message on tree safety, arguing that ‘as with all risks the issue of tree safety is a matter of balance’. Read the […]

Forest Landscape Design Course

Forest Landscape Design Training Course Forestry Commission Scotland are to hold a Forest Landscape Design training course this coming Autumn. The course will explore the principles of such design and is open to anyone involved in forest and woodland management.  Nicholas Shepherd, Landscape and Culture Adviser with Forestry Commission Scotland, who will run the informal […]

ICF in Student Recruitment Drive at Royal Welsh

ICF in Student Recruitment Drive at Royal Welsh The ICF Team will be attending Royal Welsh Show to promote forestry and arboricultural careers Increasing UK demand for qualified graduates has prompted a recruitment drive for forestry and arboricultural students at the forthcoming Royal Welsh Show, 21 – 24 July. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) […]

Paul Nolan MICFor Honoured with OBE

Paul Nolan MICFor Honoured with OBE Paul Nolan MICFor, Director of the Mersey Forest has received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. 

Scotland’s Finest Woods Announced

The Royal Highland Show set the scene for the Scottish Finest Woods Awards prize-giving last Friday (20 June). Over £6,500 in prize money was distributed to the winning projects, which were awarded in three categories: Community Woodland, New Native Woods, Quality Timber, and Schools. Paul Wheelhouse MSP (left) presents the James Jones Trophy for New […]

Santon Downham Climate Change Award

Santon Downham in has been awarded the Woodlands for Climate Change prize for 2014. The 192ha site in Thetford Forest, Suffolk, received the prestigious sustainability award in recognition of its recent developments in combating environmental challenges. Underplanting of Conifer It was noted in particular that following the outbreak of Dothistroma needle blight (DNB) in Thetford […]

Science and Innovation for Forestry Discussion Forum

Forestry Commission is calling for input on the next implementation phase of the Science and Innovation Strategy. An online discussion forum has been established to get feedback on the issues that will be the focus of research programmes in this next phase, in order to maximise the benefit of such research to support the sustainable […]

Timothy Tolliss Scoops RFS Award

Timothy Tolliss MICFor CEnv has been honoured with an award from the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) in recognition of his contribution to improving and maintaining some of the country’s best woodlands. Timothy, former Secretary and Chair of the ICF North England regional committee, received the award following 30 years of service in the forestry industry. […]

FSC Reverse Squirel Control Decision

FSC Reverse Squirrel Control Decision FSC International have reversed a decision not to extend a derogation on the the use of Warfarin for the control of grey squirrels in the UK.

ICF to Host George Monbiot Lecture on Rewilding

ICF to Host George Monbiot Rewilding Lecture ICF has announced it is to host a lecture by celebrated environmental writer, George Monbiot.

South Scotland to Benefit from Larch Disease Legislation

South Scotland to Benefit from Larch Disease Legislation A new Plant Health Order is set to tackle the outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum on larch trees in south west Scotland.

Forestry Panel Slam Missed Opportunity on Legislation

Forestry Panel Slam Missed Opportunity on Legislation ICF has joined a number of leading forestry organisations in criticising the lack of legislation in last week’s Queen’s speech to protect the public forest.  The Independent Panel on Forests wrote an open letter to Government, calling for a manifesto commitment as soon as the General Election was […]

RE:LEAF Tree and Woodland Awards 2014

ICF Members Shine at RE:LEAF Tree and Woodland Awards On Wednesday, 28th May, members of the forestry and arboriculture community gathered in London to celebrate the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital’s tree and woodland cover. The RE:LEAF Tree and Woodland Awards 2014 was attended by ICF Deputy […]

Carbon and Biomass Content of Britain’s Woodlands

Carbon and Biomass Content of Britain’s Woodlands The Forestry Commission have released figures from research into the amount of carbon and biomass held by Britain’s woodlands.These estimates have been derived from direct measurements of the current ‘growing stock’ (growing trees) rather than from extrapolations from historical data. Two reports, delivered by the National Forest Inventory […]

Canada Partnership to Promote Forestry Careers

Canada Partnership to Promote Forestry Careers The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced a new partnership with the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) and the Duchy of Cornwall, to deliver an international student exchange programme. Endorsed by HRH The Prince of Wales, The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award will recognise outstanding students in […]

Literary Prize Nomination for ICF President

Literary Prize Nomination for ICF President ICF President Prof Julian Evans FICFor, pictured at the launch of God’s Trees in 2013 ICF President, Prof Julian Evans, has been recognised for his book God’s Trees – Trees, Forests and Wood in the Bible, published by DayOne, Leominster. The book was voted a finalist in this year’s […]

Definitive Oak Guide Translated

Definitive Oak Guide Translated Future Trees Trust are to publish Oak: Fine timber in 100 years, a guide to growing oak trees for quality timber. The book is an English version Jean Lemaire’s Le Chene Autrement, translated from French by Bede Howell MICFor.

Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery

Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery A consultation draft of Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery has been published by the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG).

Wood Heat Association Launched

Wood Heat Association Launched The Renewable Energy Association (REA) have announced the launch of an affiliate trade association, the Wood Heat Assocation (WHA). The WHA was founded in interim form last year by wood heat companies seeking to establish a single trade body to represent the modern UK wood heating industry, from equipment manufacturers and […]

Latest timber price indices produced

Latest timber price indices produced The latest National Statistics on Timber Price Indices, produced by the Forestry Commission, were released today in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. They present data for Great Britain to March 2014 and are  based on timber sales by the Forestry Commission and Natural Resources Wales, and […]

Forestry Commission publishes latest Wood production and trade statistics

Wood production and trade statistics published National Statistics on UK Wood Production and Trade for 2013 (provisional figures) were released on 15 May in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. These statistics were produced by the Forestry Commission, and include data on production, imports and exports of roundwood and wood products […]

Reports forecast timber availability from British forests over next 50 years

Forecasts released predict the availability of softwood and hardwood timber from British forests over the next 50 years These reports, published by the Forestry Commission on 30 April, extend the 25-year forecasts published in 2011, and make specific presumptions about the extent and nature of replanting that will occur if and when existing forests are harvested.The […]

Consultation: Abolition of Home Grown Timber Committee

Consultation: Abolition of Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee Defra is conducting a consultation on the intended abolition of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee. The HGTAC was the advisory panel/committee appointed by the Forestry Commissioners to advise them on the delivery of their powers and duties. The Committee ceased operations in 2005 and no longer […]

Civil Society Partnership Network

Civil Society Partnership Network: Deadline 16 May Defra are inviting applications to a new Civil Society Partnership Network (CSPN), which will guide their approach to working with civil society. Defra’s Civil Society Partnership Network (CSPN) is being established as an advisory body with a three year lifespan, from May 2014 to April 2017. It replaces […]

Walk in the Woods

Walk in the Woods To mark their 40th anniversary, the Tree Council are organising a month of celebrations known as Walk in the Woods. May is Walk in the Woods month, when community groups, environmental organisations, local authorities and volunteer Tree Wardens organise ‘walks in the woods’ – events like bluebell trails and healthy walking […]

Ashtag App to Fight Ash Dieback

AshTag App to Fight Ash Dieback A new app known as AshTag is set to help fight Chalara ash dieback, by letting the public report on the health of ash trees, helping identify those that may be tolerant to the disease.

FCS Purchase Upper Rothiemurchus Forest

The Upper Rothiemurchus, one of Scotland’s largest ancient Caledonian Pine forests, has been purchased by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS). Upper Rothiemurchus Forest (c) Tom Baker    The 2,300 hectare site was bought by FCS for £7.4 million, ending the Grants of Rothiemurchus over-500 year ownership of the forest. Announcing the sale, John Clegg & Co […]

TPBE II Storify

TPBE II on Storify [View the story “The Trees, People and the Built Environment II Conference 2014” on Storify]

JEQ Special Section: Call for Papers

JEQ Special Section: Call for Papers The Journal of Environmental Quality (JEQ) has issued a call for papers for a proposed Special Section, The Urban Forest and Ecosystem Services – Tree, Street and City Scale.

Managing Ash Dieback in Kent

New guidance on managing Chalara Ash Dieback in Kent has been issued by the Kent Downs AONB Unit. Managing Chalara Ash Dieback in Kent was developed by Kent Downs in partnership with the Arboricultural Association, Forestry Commission and Kent County Council in response to the recent outbreak of the disease in this area, which has […]

New Council Members for ICF

New Council Members for ICF The Insitute of Charterd Foresters’ AGM took place on Wednesday 2nd April, in Birmingham, and saw 5 new Councillors elected. New faces on the ICF Council include Institute Fellows Jonathan Baker, Huw Davies and Sharon Hosegood, and Professional Members Michael Carroll, and Tracy Clarke. The Council is made up of […]

Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape

Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape BS 8545 Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape – Recommendations, has been launched by BSI Group, to help safeguard infant trees and to increase their longevity. They say: “Currently a large number of trees in the urban environment are dying too soon after planting, and, […]

£3m Boost for Timber Transport

3m Boost for Timber Transport Scheme A scheme for timber transport has been given a £3m boost. The Strategic Timber Transport Fund, which was established in 2005, aims to minimize impact of transporting timber on Scottish roads. The additional funding was announced by Environment and Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, at the end of March. […]

Government asks businesses to comment on regulators’ appeals process

The Government has invited businesses to to help shape plans for potential legislation to make regulators’ appeals and complaints processes more responsive to their needs. The government proposes to appoint Small Business Appeals champions who would work within each non-economic regulator (of which Forestry Commission is one), scrutinise their appeals and complaints processes, and make public […]

ICF Take Part in Ride for Research

ICF Take Part in Ride for Research   Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) staff got on their bikes last week to take part in a fundraising cycle benefiting sustainable treescapes charity, Fund4Trees. Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director, and Russell Horsey, Deputy Director joined 19 participants at the Ride for Research event in Birmingham on Tuesday, […]

Biophilia, Economics and Urban Collaboration at TPBE II

Biophilia, Economics and Urban Collaboration at TPBE II The Trees, People and the Built Environment conference took place 2-3 April at the University of Birmingham, with record attendance of over 400 delegates. Major themes to emerge from the conference included the economic and social benefits of urban trees, the innate connection of human beings with nature […]

Sad Loss of David Bills

Sad Loss of David Bills The forestry community suffered a sad loss on Sunday with the passing of David Bills. Former Forestry Commission Director-General and ICF Fellow, David was much loved and respected amongst his forestry peers.  ICF extends its deepest sympathies to David’s family and friends at this sad time.  Tribute is paid to […]

ICF Announces Winners of Institute Medal, Honorary Fellowship and President’s Award

ICF Announces Winners of Institute Medal, Honorary Fellowship and President’s Award The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has announced four awards for excellence. Dr Joan Webber BSc PhD is to receive the Institute’s Medal, while the Right Reverend James Jones receives an Honorary Fellowship. Alan Motion FICFor and Tom Jenkins FICFor are honoured with the […]

Tom Jenkins FICFor Announced Head of Forest Research in Wales

Tom Jenkins FICFor Announced Head of Forest Research in Wales Tom Jenkins FICFor, has been announced as the new Head of Forest Research in Wales.

ICF Challenges Rejection of Forestry Skills Funding Bid

ICF Challenges Rejection of Forestry Skills Funding Bid ICF has called on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to reverse a decision that will deny the forestry industry a £400,000 Employment Ownership of Skills Pilot (EOP) funding package to improve leadership and management skills. In a letter to the Rt Hon Vince Cable, written […]

New Online Hub to Connect Forestry and Planning

A new online hub has been launched to connect the forestry and planning sectors, by providing a platform for information sharing between planners, foresters and developers. The Planning and Forestry Network website has been developed by The Mersey Forest, supported by the Forestry Commission, in response to Defra’s Forest Policy statement last year. The statement […]

NCC Report: Woodlands to benefit economy by £550m

Second NCC Report: Woodlands to benefit economy by £550 million The second Natural Capital Committee (NCC) report was launched on 11 March 2014, revealing impressive figures on the benefit of planting to the UK economy. The report revealead that an 250,000 ha planted over 50 yrs in the UK would produce a net gain to the economy […]

EFRA Committee: Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Report

Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Report: Too few plant health academics The Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee today published its Report on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity, announcing that there were ‘too few plant health academics’ in UK Universities and colleges.  Committee Chair, Miss Anne McIntosh said: “The UK needs its own […]

Grown in Britain Launch First Partner Woodland

Grown in Britain Launch First Partner Woodland The Grown in Britain initiative has announced the launch of its first partner woodland, a 55ha planting near Cranborne in Dorset. The new woodland project brings together industry and landowners to expand UK woodland cover, capture carbon and produce sustainable timber. Grown in Britain was launched in 2013 […]

National Seed Project Launched

National Tree Seed Project Launched On Wednesday 26 February, ICF President Prof Julian Evans represented the Institute at the Millenium Seed Centre, where a national launch of Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), Kew’s UK National Tree Seed Project took place.

Pesticide Update Seminars for Forest Managers

Pesticide Update Seminars for Forest Managers Confor is supporting a series of regional one-day updating crop protection seminars for forest managers and owners during April and May to fulfil Defra recommendations on training and information retrieval.The seminars will be led by Confor crop protection adviser Colin Palmer and will include: Implications of latest regulation Avoiding […]

Conifer Conservation Programme in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Trees to Benefit from Conifer Conservation Programme On Tuesday 6 March a ceremonial tree planting in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street gardens marked the launch of a conifer conservation project in the city.

ICF Joins Woodland Skills Seminar at Highgrove

ICF Joins Woodland Skills Seminar at Highgrove On 14th February, 2014, ICF’s Executive Director Shireen Chambers and Deputy Director Russell Horsey joined leading figures in Forestry, and HRH the Prince of Wales, at a Highgrove seminar to discuss forestry skills, learning and development.  The Duchy of Cornwall and the Forestry Commission developed the event to […]

Len Yull Receives Distinguished Confor Award

Len Yull Receives Distinguished Confor Award Leonard Yull FICfor has been awarded Confor’s prize for distinguished service to forestry.

TPBE II: The Role of Urban Trees in Moderating Climatic Effects

The role of urban trees in moderating climatic effects will come under the spotlight in the forthcoming Trees, People and the Built Environment II  Kenton Rogers MICFor, at the 2013 ICF National Conference Internationally recognised experts will descend on Birmingham in April, to deliver the latest evidence on the benefits of urban trees and greenspace in […]

Flora Locale 2014 Training Programme Announced

Flora Locale 2014 Training Programme Announced A programme for the 17th annual Flora Locale has been announced. 28 workshops will take place this year as part of the programme. These include: an introduction to scything recreating and restoring heathland for invertebrates creating and managing wildflower grassland woodland ground flora creating and managing ponds lowland wet […]

International Day of Forests: March 21

A UN resolution has deemed March 21st the International Day of Forests, which celebrates and raises awareness of all types of forest across the world. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is co-ordinating events to celebrate this international awareness day, and have produced a short promotional video. International Day of Forests

FCS Briefing Note 9: Forestry Transitional Arrangements

Update on Forestry Transitional Arrangements Forestry Commission Scotland have released a Briefing Note (9), which outlines transitional arrangements for forestry in view of the reopening of Rural Priorities in 2014. Late in December 2013, the EU implemented changes to the RDR Transitional Arrangements, which means that new applications will continue to be accepted by FCS […]

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2014

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards will once again this year recognize the best of Scottish forests and woodlands. Supported by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the awards are given out in 4 categories – Community Woodlands, New Native Woods, Quality Timber and Schools.             Nominations for the awards are now being taken, […]

Global Forest Watch System Launched

Global Forest Watch: Forest Monitoring System Launch Global Forest Watch, a system for near-real time forest monitoring has been launched worldwide. The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google and a group of more than 40 partners have launched the innovative system, which provides timely information about the world’s forests, and aims to reduce deforestation. The system uses […]

ICF Signs Open Letter to Prime Minister on Flood Prevention

ICF Signs Open Letter to Prime Minister on Flood Prevention  ICF have joined 17 organisations in signing an open letter to the Prime Minister, calling for a strategy to prevent future flooding.  The letter entitled ‘Open Letter with regard Water Management in England and Wales’, was written by Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute […]

Andrew Heald MICFor Appointed Confor Technical Advisor

Andrew Heald MICFor Appointed Technical Advisor at Confor Confor today announced the appointment of Andrew Heald MICFor as Technical Advisor.

SNH Appoint Ian Ross as Chairman

ICF Fellow Ian Ross Appointed SNH Chairman Ian Ross OBE FICFor FRSA has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Mitchell Awarded 2013 Silvicultural Prize

Mitchell Awarded Prestigious Silviculture Prize Dr Stephen J Mitchell PhD RPF, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, has been awarded the 2013 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture (The Silvicultural Prize).

Forestry Sector Skills Gap Recognised in Defra Report

Forestry Sector Skills Gap Addressed A recent Defra report,Strategic Analysis of Capability and Capacity to Undertake Tree-Health-Related Research and Evidence Activity in the UK, has recognised the skills gap in the forestry sector. 

Wildlife Law Project: Control of Non-native Species

Wildlife Law Project: Control of Non-native Species The Law Commission today released Wildlife Law: Control of Non-native Species, the first report from their Wildlife project for England and Wales. The project includes consideration of the law relating to the conservation, control, protection and exploitation of wildlife.

UKWAS Call for Stakeholder Comments

UKWAS Call for Stakeholder Comments The UKWAS steering group has issued a call for stakeholder comments to inform the development of UKWAS UKWAS Executive Chair, Peter Wilson said: “What we are looking for is your ideas on what is good or bad about the current UKWAS standard and how it might be improved. “This is […]

Woodland Trust Appoint New Chief Executive

Woodland Trust has new Chief Executive The Woodland Trust have announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Beccy Speight. Ms Speight has previously spent 14 years at the National Trust in a number of roles, most recently Director for the Midlands. In her earlier career, she was involved in management consultancy, including a […]

Urban Trees Conference Highlights Economic Value of Trees

The forthcoming Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBE II) conference, 2-3 April, University of Birmingham, is set to highlight the benefits of trees in an urban environment, including the advantages that they can bring to the economy. A pre-conference article delivered by Dr Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington, highlights the […]

Scotland’s Native Woodlands Put on the Map

Today Scotland’s first complete map and dataset of native woodlands has been unveiled. The map is the result of the Native Woodland Survey of Scotland (NWSS), a project carried out by Forestry Commission Scotland, which has taken 8 years to complete. Thought to be the most comprehensive habitat survey project ever carried out in the […]

Responses to Glastir Consultation

ICF Collects Member Responses to Glastir Consultation The Institute of Chartered Foresters is collecting views from its Welsh members to proposals for the Glastir scheme, part of the Rural Development Plan for Wales, 2014 – 2020. The Glastir scheme will form the main mechanism for the support of woodland management and tree planting in Wales […]

Forest Rangers of the Future

Forest Rangers of the Future Forestry Commission in Southern England has launched a new schools competition to find a Forest Ranger of the Future. The competition, which aims to get English youngsters interested in forestry, is open to primary and secondary school children. In addition to the chance to be Forestry Commission Forest Ranger for […]

Phytophthora ramorum in Wales – Disease Management Strategy

Phytophthora ramorum in Wales – Disease Management Strategy The Minister for Natural Resources and Food, has recently launched a new strategy to manage the outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum, a tree disease that has been spreading widely among larch in western Britain and Ireland. The aim of the strategy has is to manage the spread of […]

Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme: Round 3

Forestry and Farming Improvement Scheme On February 4th, 2014, Round 3 of the Forestry and Farming Improvement Scheme (FFIS) will be launched. £10 million in grants is expected to be awarded in the third phase of this scheme, which helps forestry, farming and horticulture businessses in England to become more efficient at using resources. FFIS, […]

One Year On – Forestry Policy Statement

One Year On – a lot done, more to do On Wednesday, a meeting of the Forestry Forum were presented with ‘One Year On’, a government policy statement outlining their effectiveness over the last 12 months in implementing the Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement in England. One year ago, 36 commitments were made to the […]

Community Engagement in Public Sector Urban Tree Management

Community Engagement in Public Sector Urban Tree Management Researchers in the UK are calling on arboriculturists to take part in their survey ‘Community Engagement in Public Sector Urban Tree Management in the UK’. Christopher Neilan, EATaLOG, Ian McDermott, MTOA and Rupert Bentley-Walls, LTOA are carrying out research to explore current practice and attitudes towards community […]

Scots Pine is Voted Scottish National Tree

Scots Pine is Voted Scottish National Tree It was announced yesterday evening that the new Scottish national tree, as decided by the public, is the Scots Pine. In a consultation of 4,500 people, which spanned 3 months, the Scots Pine was the clear favourite, with over 52 per cent (2,374) of all responses opting for […]

Forestry Forum Update

Forestry Forum Update The Forestry Forum Meeting took place today at Defra’s offices in London, to hear the Government’s progress in implementing the Independent Panel on Forestry’s recommendations. Collaborative Efforts for Better Woodland Mangement Dan Rogerson MP, recently appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management, spoke at the […]

Citizen Science Documents Spread of Horse Chestnut Pest

Study of Horse-Chestnut Leaf-Miner Reveals UK Spread A new study that used ‘citizen science’, has uncovered significant spread of the horse-chesnut leaf-miner in the UK. The study, which involved a survey of 3,500 people, revealed an unfavourable future for the tree species in the UK. The horse-chestnut leaf-miner is a non-native moth (Cameraria ohridella), whose larvae […]

Reforesting Scotland Take Part in European StarTree Initiative

Reforesting Scotland Take Part in European StarTree Initiative Reforesting Scotland are taking part in StarTree, a European-wide initiative to develop innovative approaches to increase the marketability and profitability of non-wood forest products (NWFP) to enhance rural economies. NWFP are wide-ranging, and can include fruit, berries, foliage for decoration, bark, medicinal plants, logging by-products and chemical […]

Urban Forestry Research Conference: Last Call for Early Birds

Trees, People and the Built Environment II: Last Call for Early Birds With less than two weeks left of Early Bird bookings for the forthcoming, urban trees research conference, Trees,People and the Built Environment II (TPBE II), organisers are issuing a final notice of discounts. Early Bird rates will finish on 31 January, at which […]

Plant Health Risk Register

Plant Health Risk Register Launched The Ministerial Plant Health Summit, which took place on 20 January, saw the launch of a UK Plant Health Risk Register. The Register, which is now publicly available, represents a major step in implementing the recommendations of the independent Task Force on Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity. It is a […]

Thames Chase Community Forest Seek Trustees

Thames Chase Community Forest Seek Trustees Thames Chase Community Forest are currently seeking Trustees, and is calling on those with woodland and countryside management experience to join its dedicated board. Thames Chase was established in 1990 to improve landscapes in East London and South Essex. One of 12 Community Forests in England it has been […]

House of Lords Questions: Implementation of Forestry Recommendations

House of Lords Discuss Forestry Progress On 17th December, the House of Lords discussed what progress the Government has made in implementing the Independent Panel on Forestry’s recommendations. You will find below the Hansard record of the discussion. House of Lords’ Oral Questions, Tuesday 17th December 2013 Lord Clark of Windermere To ask Her Majesty’s […]

Conference Programme Highlights Bright Future for Urban Forestry

Conference Programme Highlights Bright Future for Urban Forestry As a world-class conference programme for Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBE II) is announced, key themes emerging for the event include the future for our urban forests and the global shift towards biophilic cities. International Experts in Urban Forestry Delegates at the forthcoming TPBE […]

Urban Trees Conference Attracts Early Birds

Urban Trees Research Conference Attracts Early Birds The “Early Bird” saving on the full ticket price for April’s major international urban trees research conference, Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBE II), is proving popular. Within minutes of the online booking system opening for the two day conference on 2-3 April in Birmingham, a […]

UKFS and Woodland Management Plan Workshops

UKFS and Woodland Management Plan Workshops In association with Forestry Commission England (FCE), the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) will run a series of workshops in January and February to introduce the FCE UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) and revised Woodland Management Plans. The UKFS and Woodland Management Plan Workshops, which will take place at venues […]

Urban Forest Conference Goes Global With Call for Papers and Sponsorship Success

The Call for Papers for major international urban trees research conference Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBEII) has now closed, with submissions from a record number of countries and a guarantee from the conference partners of a world-class programme. In addition, five renowned organisations have been secured as headline sponsors in a move […]

ICF President Addresses National Coppice Federation Launch

ICF President Addresses National Coppice Federation Launch The Launch of the National Coppice Federation (NCFed) took place today, 16 October 2013 at St John’s, Smith Square, London. ICF President Professor Julian Evans OBE FICFor celebrated 5000 years of coppicing in his address to invitees at the event, which was attended by David Heath MP. Other […]

Forestry Commission Announce Budget Boost to Aid Tree Disease Fight

Forestry Commission Announce Budget Boost to Aid Tree Disease Fight   The fight against a killer tree disease now particularly affecting all of Galloway has been given a £1m boost in the Scottish Government’s budget. Forestry Commission Scotland announced this week that additional funding has been allocated to help Scotland’s efforts to tackle Phytophthora ramorum […]

Grown in Britain Announce A Way Forward for UK Forests and Woodland

At an event in the House of Lords yesterday, 15 October, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson received the first report from Grown in Britain, an initiative created six months ago with a mission to kick start a sustainable future for the UK’s forests and woodland Welcomed by Government following the recommendation by the Independent Panel on […]

Trees, People and the Built Environment II: World-class Keynote Speakers Announced

Three renowned experts in architecture, planning, urban ecology and sustainability have been announced as keynote speakers for the major international urban trees research conference,  Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBEII) taking place 2-3 April, 2014 in Birmingham, UK. TPBEII is hosted by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) as its 2014 National Conference, […]

Project Manager Sought for Groundbreaking Skills Initiative

Project Manager Sought for Groundbreaking Skills Initiative ICF recently announced that it was part of successful bid for funding for a project to raise skills, create jobs, and drive enterprise and economic growth across the forestry sector in England. Funded by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the primary focus will be to establish […]

ICF Announces £400,000 Skills Boost for English Forestry Sector

ICF Announces £400,000 Skills Boost for English Forestry Sector The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) today announced that, in the face of steep competition, it has secured a £400,000 funding package from the Government through the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Employer Ownership Pilot (EOP). Set up in 2011, the EOP is a competitive […]

Consultation on Scotland’s National Tree Now Open!

Consultation on Scotland’s National Tree Now Open! ICF Executive Director Shireen Chambers FICFor today attended an event at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh to mark the opening of the public consultation on a National Tree for Scotland. Joining organisations that had backed the call for a National Tree, representatives from the Forestry Commission and the […]

Wellbeing Top of the Agenda at New ICF Event

Wellbeing Top of the Agenda at New ICF Event A new one-day conference, organised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters East England Regional Group, is putting health and wellbeing at the top of the agenda. Booking has now opened for Trees, Greenspace and Wellbeing which takes place on Thursday 26 September at Girton College, University […]

ICF Fellow First Brit to Receive International Arboriculture Award

ICF Fellow First Ever UK Recipient of International Arboriculture Award Myerscough College Professor and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) Dr Mark Johnston FICFor is the first UK recipient of a prestigious award from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) –  the  Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education The top […]

ICF Announce Top Student Award Winners

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is delighted to announce the recipients of its prestigious Best Student Awards, for those graduating with forestry or arboriculture-related degrees from a number of UK Higher Education Institutes. Students are nominated by course tutors and lecturers and the awards are not automatically given to those with the top marks […]

ICF President Takes Leading Role in Forest Science and Innovation

Institute of Chartered Foresters President Takes Leading Role in Forest Science and Innovation The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is delighted to announce that its President Professor Julian Evans OBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, FICFor has been appointed by the Forestry Commission (FC) as Chair of a new Expert Committee on Forest Science established to support […]

Forestry Commission England Seeks Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee Members

Forestry Commission England are in search of new members who can help shape the way the Commission leads the protection, improvement and expansion of woodlands in each region of England and delivers  benefits with their partners. The current term of office for members of the Forestry Commission’s nine Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) expires on 30 […]

Call for Papers Announced for Major International Urban Trees Research Conference

Call for Papers Announced for Major International Urban Trees Research Conference An international call for papers has been announced ahead of a major urban tree research conference being hosted next year.     Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBEII) builds on the highly successful international conference first organised on behalf of a Conference […]

ICF Announces Best Student Award Winner for University of Edinburgh

Graduate celebrates award-winning research to protect Scot’s pine but fears our future foresters also need safeguarding University of Edinburgh student Rosemary Erin Haskell was named the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Best Student for those graduating from forestry-related degree courses at the University. Erin (22) was delighted to receive her award at her graduation ceremony on […]

ICF Fellow recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Institute of Chartered Foresters Fellow Dr Robert McIntosh CBE, who received an Honour for services to forestry in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Dr McIntosh, from Kinross, was appointed Director of Environment and Forestry Directorate at the Scottish Government in February this year. In this role he is responsible for policy on forestry, […]

Forestry Commission Announce Joint Action to Tackle Larch Disease

Forestry Commission Announce Joint Action to Tackle Larch Disease Forestry Commission Scotland is joining forces with the forestry sector to take action to tackle a significant increase in a tree disease that kills larch trees. Phytophthora ramorum on larch was first found in Dumfries & Galloway in 2010 but survey work carried out this spring […]

Tree Professionals Urged to Comment on New BS 8545 Draft

Tree Professionals Urged to Comment on New BS 8545 Draft Draft for Public Comment:BS 8545 Trees: from nursery to independence in the landscape – Recommendations Review published: 18 June 2013Review end date: 31 August 2013 Draft Scope: This British Standard gives recommendations for transplanting young trees successfully from the nursery, through to achieving their eventual […]

New Forestry E-Lecture Series Fosters International Links

New Forestry E-Lecture Series Fosters International Links The call is out for forestry professionals in the UK to sign up for a new free e-lecture series this month  as part of a project aimed at building links with their counterparts in Canada. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) and Forest Research, both based in the […]

Futurologist Hails Chartered Foresters as Shining Example

Futurologist Hails Chartered Foresters as Shining Example                 (Image: Mark Stevenson with Outgoing ICF President Fenning Welstead)   When futurologist Mark Stevenson accepted an invitation to address the recent Institute of Chartered Foresters’ National Conference, little did he think that he would leave the event heralding the delegates […]

Urgent action to control spread of larch disease

Urgent action to control spread of larch disease The body that looks after the environment in Wales is taking urgent action after surveys showed that a disease which kills larch trees is spreading. The disease, caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, was first discovered in Wales in the Afan Valley three years ago and […]

Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce Publish Final report

Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce Publish Final report In the last few years, several new or previously unrecognised pests and pathogens have emerged as significant risks to the UK’s plants, including trees in woodlands, commercial forests and in the urban environment. Given this background, Defra’s Chief Scientific Adviser established an independent, expert Taskforce […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters Welcomes New President

Institute of Chartered Foresters Welcomes New President The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is pleased to announce that Professor Julian Evans OBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, FICFor, formerly its Vice President, has been elected President by members at their recent AGM and national conference in Glasgow. A Fellow of the Institute, Julian graduated with a degree […]

Keith Oates appointed Forestry Commissioner

Keith Oates appointed Forestry Commissioner Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of Keith Oates as a Forestry Commissioner for England.  He has been appointed for a term of three years from April 2013, and will continue to serve on the Forestry Commission’s National Committee for England. Welcoming his appointment, Sir Harry Studholme, Chair […]

Minister takes to stage at ICF Conference to launch “Strategic Directions”

Environment Minister launching key “Strategic Directions” forestry publication today at Institute of Chartered Foresters National Conference    Environment & Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, is launching a new publication today giving a clear direction on how the National Forest Estate (land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland) will be managed to meet Scottish Government’s objectives. Giving […]

Countdown for Green Economy – ICF National Conference Update

ICF on Final Countdown to Green Economy Conference New Speakers Confirmed  The final programme for the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) National Conference, Woodlands and the Green Economy – Capitalising on Ecosystems Services, has now been confirmed with some exciting additions to the line up of over 20 of the UK environmental sector’s top professionals. […]

ICF Member Takes on Big Role at Small Woods

ICF Member Takes on Big Role at Small Woods Small Woods, the national woodland charity based in the West Midlands, has announced a new CEO who will take up the post in May. Mike Bentley, a Professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Small Woods Association. […]

ICF Joins Call on Government to Prevent Forestry Commission Merger

ICF Joins Call on Government to Prevent Forestry Commission Merger In an open letter to Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the ICF and other leading bodies concerned with the management of England’s woodlands have joined forces to call on the Government to keep Forestry Commission England as a distinct […]

Defra Say Focus Now on Slowing Spread of Chalara Rather than Eradicating

Defra – update to Interim Chalara Control Plan Chalara Can’t be Stoppped  – Focus now on Reducing the Rate of Spread Chalara Ash tree dieback is caused by the Chalara fraxinea fungus. It has already affected a high proportion of ash trees in Northern Europe. It was discovered for the first time in Great Britain […]

New Welsh Natural Resources Body Becomes Operational

New Welsh Natural Resources Body Becomes Operational Mon 1 April 2013 Today Natural Resources Wales brings together the work of the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission Wales, as well as some functions of Welsh Government. Its purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced […]

International Day of Forests and Trees

Join us in Celebrating The International Day of Forests 21 March 2013 The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. Help us mark this worldwide event and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, […]

Booking Open for ICF National Conference – Programme Announced

Early Birds and Corporate Clout for ICF National Conference The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is pleased to announce it is now taking bookings for its 2013 National Conference in Glasgow on 1 and 2 May. The conference is open to all tree and environmental professionals, not just ICF members, and delegates can take advantage […]

Trees, People and the Built Environment II

Trees, People and the Built Environment II – Dates Announced for 2014 Following on from a highly successful event in 2011, we are pleased to announce that the second ‘Trees, People and the Built Environment’, an international urban trees research conference, will return to Birmingham on 2 and 3 April, 2014. View the Conference Website >> […]

Dr Ken James – Could ICF Workshop Reveal the Real Answer ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’?

The ICF is delighted to announce that world-renowned expert on tree structures and biomechanics, Dr Ken James, has accepted an invitation to come to the UK to share his pioneering research on dynamic structural analysis of wind loading on trees at a series of workshops in April:  Could ICF Workshop Reveal the Real Answer ‘Blowin’ […]

ICF President to Don Cycling ‘Yellow Jersey’ in Ride for Research at Conference Launch

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is delighted to announce that the annual charity cycling event Ride for Research (RfR) will this year take place on Tue 30 April in Glasgow, to coincide with the ICF National Conference on 1 and 2 May. ICF President to Don Cycling ‘Yellow Jersey’ in Ride for Research at […]

ICF Welcomes Government’s Willingness to Embrace Independent Panel on Forestry’s Vision

 Defra have announced the Government’s formal response to the Independent Panel on Forestry’s report, published in July 2012. ICF Welcomes Government’s Willingness to Embrace Independent Panel on Forestry’s Vision  Commenting on the Government’s Forestry Policy Statement published by Defra on Thursday 31 January, Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), […]

Defra Announce Government’s Response to Independent Panel on Forestry Report

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today announced a new public body will be established to protect forests for future generations: Defra Announce Government’s Response to Independent Panel on Forestry’s Report This new, independent public body will hold in trust the nation’s publicly-owned forests and, alongside the continuing work of the Forestry Commission, this new body will […]

ICF Working with HEIs to Shape the Future of Forestry and Arboriculture

 The Institute of Chartered Foresters hosted a historic workshop calling together every Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK teaching forestry and arboriculture, in a move designed to foster relationships between the academic and professional worlds, and ensure graduates emerge fully equipped to start a career in the industry. ICF Working with HEIs to Shape […]

Chartered Foresters appointed to Natural Resources Wales Executive Team

Chartered Foresters appointed to Natural Resources Wales Executive Team Natural Resources Wales has now appointed its senior executive team who will work with chief executive Emyr Roberts, chairman Peter Matthews and the Board, to lead the new organisation, when it becomes operational on 1 April 2013: Trefor Owen – Executive Director for National ServicesClive Thomas […]

ICF Announces Record Number of New Professional Members

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has admitted a record number of new Professional Members (MICFor) following its annual professional examinations which took place in November 2012. Thirty-three new members will be awarded with chartered status – the highest number of candidates in the Institute’s recent history and an increase of over 25% on last […]

ICF Welcomes Government Control Plan for Chalara

Media Release ICF Welcomes Government Control Plan for Chalara   Following today’s (6 December 2012) publication  of the Defra interim control plan for Chalara fraxinea, or ash dieback, Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), commented on the plan and the crucial role that the ICF and its members are […]

ICF and Ash Dieback

ICF and Ash Dieback The ICF is fully involved with the developing response to the ash dieback crisis caused by Chalara fraxinea. We are part of a core group set up by Defra to assist government to develop its response. We have been represented at all recent stakeholder meetings with government in England (and will […]

Ash Dieback Confirmed in Six More Counties

Ash Dieback Confirmed in Six More Counties Further cases of the tree disease Chalara, also known as ash dieback, have been confirmed in woodland in Sussex, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Northumberland after an unprecedented survey of Britain’s established woodlands. The disease has now been confirmed in 115 sites: in 15 nurseries, 39 planting sites […]

Scottish Ash Rapid Response Survey Completed

Scottish Ash Rapid Response Survey Completed The Institute of Chartered Foresters can confirm that the rapid action Chalara survey carried out by Forestry Commission Scotland has now been completed. In the sample survey, which covered 80,000kmsq and lasted five days, 5 per cent of the sites investigated showed potential symptoms of the disease and will now […]

ICF Welcomes Ban on Ash Imports

ICF Welcomes Ban on Ash Imports The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) welcomes the environment minister Owen Paterson’s decision to ban all imports of Ash trees and impose tight restrictions on its movements in the UK from Monday 29 October. The ICF, the National Trust and the Woodland Trust had submitted a joint response to […]

Efforts Stepped Up to Tackle Disease of Ash Trees

Efforts Stepped Up to Tackle Disease of Ash Trees Plant health authorities across the United Kingdom have stepped up their efforts to tackle a new disease of ash trees. Work to combat Chalara dieback of ash has been under way for some months. The Forestry Commission and the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) are […]

ICF Honorary Fellowship Awarded to Dr Sophie Churchill

ICF Honorary Fellowship Awarded to Dr Sophie Churchill The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is delighted to announce that Dr Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for outstanding services to the forestry Industry. The award of Honorary Fellow is not made lightly. The […]

Government Considers Ban on Ash Tree Movements

The United Kingdom Government is considering legislation to ban the movement of ash trees from areas where the destructive Chalara dieback disease of ash trees might be present, the Forestry Commission and the Food & Environment Research agency (Fera) announced today. The announcement follows the discovery of ash trees infected by the Chalara fraxinea fungus […]

Information on Chalara Dieback in Ash Trees

Information on Chalara Dieback in Ash Trees Chalara dieback of ash trees has been found in four tree nurseries in England and at three sites which were recently planted with ash trees – at a Forestry Commission Scotland woodland west of Glasgow, at a Leicester car park, and in the grounds of a South Yorkshire […]

ICF Hosts Meeting of Major Forestry Players in Battle Against Disease Imports

ICF Hosts Meeting of Major Forestry Players in Battle Against Disease Imports The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) recently hosted a meeting of the UK’s major forest plant buyers to discuss various voluntary measures that could be undertaken to reduce the risk of pests and diseases entering the country. This follows the current outbreak of […]

Potential for Woodland Creation in England

Potential for Woodland Creation in England The Forestry Commission and Natural England are seeking views on the potential for woodland creation in landscapes over the next 50 years. These views will help them to identify where there may be opportunities to meet national objectives to create more woodland, and to build up a picture of […]

Latest National Statistics on Forestry Released

Latest National Statistics on Forestry Released The latest National Statistics on forestry produced by the Forestry Commission were released today, 27 September 2012, in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. Detailed statistics are published in the web publication ‘Forestry Statistics 2012’, and an extract of these is published in ‘Forestry Facts […]

Forestry Commission Director General to Retire in the New Year

Forestry Commission Director General to Retire in the New Year Tim Rollinson CBE, Director General of the Forestry Commission for the last nine years, will be retiring at the end of January 2013.  Forestry Commission Wales will become part of a new body from 1 April 2013, and the position of Director General will be […]

New Face for Environment and Climate Change in Scotland

New Face for Environment and Climate Change in Scotland In Scotland, Stewart Stevenson has stepped down from his ministerial role with Paul Wheelhouse stepping into his shoes as Minister for the Environment and Climate Change with a portfolio that forestry. Three posts were safe however with Richard Lochhead remaining Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and […]

Forest Sale Minister Felled as Renewables Sceptic Takes Job

Forest Sale Minister Felled as Renewables Sceptic Takes Job She weathered the storm of the 2011 government U-turn on the sale of the Public Forest Estate and formed the Independent Panel on Forestry whose final report was delivered in July (see page 8), but it wasn’t enough. This month Caroline Spelman was ousted as Secretary […]

Destructive Disease Now Found on Larch in South East England

Destructive Disease Now Found on Larch in South East England The forestry industry was dealt a blow with news that Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum) has been found on larch trees in South East England for the first time. P. ramorum has been confirmed in larch trees in two woodlands: one in West Sussex, and the […]

New Consultation Aims to Modernise Wildlife Law

New Consultation Aims to Modernise Wildlife Law A consultation led by the Law Commission seeking views on how wildlife law should be modernised and simplified has opened today. The current law regulating wildlife is spread over a collection of Acts dating back to 1831. The original purpose of much of the law was to govern […]

British Woodlands Survey 2012 Deadline

British Woodlands Survey 2012 Deadline Important national survey of British Woodlands ends this month. Woodlands are attracting ever-increasing interest across Britain but little is known with any real certainty about the vast majority (72 per cent) of woodlands that are held in private hands, rather than those managed by the Forestry Commission. A new national […]

IUFRO Conference Final Day Webcast Live

Forest Research has announced that the final day of the IUFRO international conference on 11 October in Edinburgh, will include live webcasting. The conference, which ICF is sponsoring, on ‘Managing forests for ecosystem services: can spruce forests show the way?’, will be held from 8-11 October at Heriot Watt University on the outskirts of the […]

Prestigious ICF Forestry Awards for Two North England Graduates

Two north England based degree graduates have got their new careers off to a flying start, winning top student awards from the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). These prestigious awards recognise talented students graduating with forestry or arboriculture degrees in the UK. Winners receive a cheque from the ICF together with an award certificate presented […]

ICF to Host Urban Tree Research Conference 2014

ICF to Host Urban Tree Research Conference in 2014 Following the success of last year’s “Trees, People and the Built Environment”, which the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) hosted on behalf of a twenty-strong organisation partnership, the ICF has announced its appointment of Dr Mark Johnston to chair another urban tree research conference in 2014. […]

Bangor Student Wins ICF Forestry Award

Bangor University student Richard Belcher was delighted to receive a special award at his graduation ceremony on 18 July where he was named the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Best Student on the University’s Forestry degree course. Richard’s challenging final year dissertation looked at the “Spatial correlation between environmental/climatic variables with Net Ecosystem Production and Net […]

FSC Stakeholder Consultation Carried Out by Soil Association

FSC Stakeholder Consultation Carried Out by Soil Association Stakeholder Consultation for 2nd annual surveillance (S2) of forest management practices carried out by The Crown Estate. This consultation covers all forest areas managed by The Crown Estate, however, the S2 surveillance visit planned for 13th August 2012 will include audit inspections at the following four sites: […]

Consultation Underway on New Cumbria Campus Plans

Consultation Underway on New Cumbria Campus Plans The University of Cumbria has launched its draft masterplan for the Ambleside Campus 2012-2022 together with a stakeholder consultation. Over the last few months the university has been examining its estates plans and investigating the best location for its policing, forestry, outdoor studies, conservation and applied science subjects […]

ICF Appoints Deputy Director

ICF Appoints Deputy Director The Institute of Chartered Foresters is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Horsey as its Deputy Director, based in Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire. Russell has spent a good deal of his career working in urban forestry for local authorities in the south of England, most recently with Bristol City Council where […]

New OPM Outbreak Confirmed

Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars found in south east London. The Forestry Commission has confirmed that Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars (OPM) have been found in the West Wickham area of Bromley in south-east London. The location is about 9 miles (15km) from the nearest known infestations in the established west London OPM outbreak, prompting the Forestry Commission to […]

Forestry Award for Aberdeen Student

Forestry Award for Aberdeen Student Forestry student Andrew Macqueen received a pleasant surprise at his graduation ceremony at the University of Aberdeen on 6 July when he was named the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Best Student on the university’s Forestry degree course. Andrew’s award comes on the back of an outstanding final year dissertation which […]

IPF Final Report

IPF Final Report Further Reaction & News Round-up News of the Independent Panel on Forestry’s final report continues to spread through a variety of communities and interest groups. The report includes a contribution by panel member Shireen Chambers FICFor, ICF’s Executive Director, who said in the event of its release: “We need to rethink how […]

Independent Panel on Forestry Releases Final Report

Independent Panel on Forestry Releases Final Report Report recommends ‘triple bottom line’ valuation of England’s woodlands – delivering benefits for people, nature and the green economy. The Institute of Chartered Foresters Executive Director Shireen Chambers FICFor has hailed the final report by the Independent Panel on Forestry as an important step in changing society’s views […]

Edinburgh Student Wins Top Forestry Award

Edinburgh Student Wins Top Forestry Award University of Edinburgh student Sian Jones was in high spirits at her graduation ceremony on 25 June after she was presented with the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Best Student award for having produced the most outstanding dissertation in a forestry-related subject. Sian graduated with a first class Bachelor of […]

English Public Ready to Fight for Forests

English Public Ready to Fight for Forests Our Forests together with 38 Degrees have released the results of a survey which suggests that just under 90% of the English public are ready campaign against the Government in the event that concerns about England’s public woods and forests are not alleviated. In response to the survey, […]

Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards – Winners Announced

The winners of Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2012 have been announced at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. The SFW Awards scheme rewards well-managed commercial, educational and social woodland projects which provide a range of benefits for our biodiversity, communities and economic well-being. Summarising this year’s event, SFW Director Peter Wilson said: “Scotland’s woods and […]

Trees in the Townscape

Trees in the Townscape The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) has published a guide on urban trees intended for all those involved in making or influencing decisions that shape our towns and cities. Trees in the Townscape, a Guide for Decision Makers offers 12 principles that incorporate those planning, design, works and management issues […]

Infestation Zone for Exotic Beetle Extended

Infestation Zone for Exotic Beetle Extended As a result of the felling programme being carried out in Kent in response to the UK’s first outbreak of Asian longhorn beetle, an infested tree has been discovered towards the northern limit of the current infestation zone. The zone has consequently been extended by 100 metres with additional […]

CCFG Announces New Chairman

CCFG Announces New Chairman The Continuous Cover Forestry Group has elected a new chairman in the person of Bill Mason MICFor who takes over from Phil Morgan FICFor who has moved on to the prestigious role of President of ProSilva Europe. Bill has acted for four years as chair of the CCFG’s Scottish committee and […]

“Ash Dieback” Threat to UK Ash Trees

“Ash Dieback” Threat to UK Ash Trees Symptoms of ash dieback have been discovered in trees imported from Holland by a nursery in the South East of England, prompting serious concerns about the potential spread of the disease among Britain’s ash tree population. 2000 infected young trees were purchased from a supplier in Holland and […]

Boom Time for Scottish Timber

Recent figures have revealed that the Scottish timber industry is undergoing a sustained and healthy period of growth, with timber harvests showing an increase of over half a million cubic tons from 2010 to 2011. The Scottish timber boom has also seen an increase of seven per cent more sawn timber emerging from Scottish sawmills […]

Hackney Council Puts Wood First

Hackney Council has become the first English local authority to promote timber construction as part of its planning policy. The Council recently hosted a Wood First conference for developers, architects and planning officials from other local government bodies to encourage the use of timber as a first choice building material for construction projects. Wood for […]

Forestry Removed from GLA

The UK Government’s announcement that forestry has been removed from the scope of the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA) has been welcomed broadly across the whole of the forestry sector. The announcement comes on the back of a sustained campaign led by Confor to remove the GLA remit from forestry, which is unaffected by the problems […]

Landowners Urged to Fight Tree Killer

FC Scotland are urging landowners and woodland managers in the west of Scotland to look out for larch infection to help contain the spread of Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum) and limit the damage to valuable woodlands in the area.

ICF Announces Important Films on Catastrophic Plant Disease

The ICF National Conference was today used as a launch pad for two important films intended to combat the threat to Britain’s woodlands posed by two devastating Phytophthora pathogens, Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae. The films, which come in short and long versions, provide vital information and advice on how to prevent the spread of […]

ICF Seeks Deputy Director

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is seeking an experienced senior forestry or arboricultural professional to join its team. The successful applicant will be based near Oxford and will report directly to Executive Director and ICF Fellow Shireen Chambers in Edinburgh. Describing the new post Shireen said: “This position is really important for the strategic […]

ICF Announces New Fellows

The Institute is pleased to announce that two of its members have been promoted to the status of Fellows of the ICF. Shireen Chambers FICFor and Nick Mottram FICFor were made Fellows in April after unanimous approval was given at a recent ICF Council Meeting in Edinburgh. Through her role on the Independent Panel for […]

BS 5837 New Edition Now Available

BS 5837 New Edition Now Available The revised edition of the BS 5837 2012: Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction – Recommendations was published on 10 April and will come into effect on 30 April 2012. The standard outlines the ‘Principles and procedures for achieving a harmonious and sustainable relationship between trees and […]

BBC Coverage of Phytophthora Pathogen in Wales

BBC Coverage of Phytophthora Pathogen in Wales Last night the BBC gave coverage to the phytophthora pathogen problems in Wales and tonight Forest Research will be on the news. To watch the programme, go to the BBC i-player, BBC One – The One Show 27 March, the feature piece on FR and tree diseases is […]

ICF Announces Silvicultural Prize Winners

  ICF Announces Silvicultural Prize Winners   ICF is delighted to announce that Barry Gardiner, Jean-Michel Leban, David Auty and Helen Simpson are joint winners of the 2011 Percy Stubbs, John Bolton King and Edward Garfitt Prize for Silviculture for their co-authored paper “‘Models for predicting wood density of British-grown Sitka spruce”. Their winning paper […]

Longhorn Beetle Found in UK

  Longhorn Beetle Found in UK   The Asian long-horned beetle (ALB) has been found for the first time in the UK, causing serious concern among Foresters and Arboriculturists about the possibility of a wider outbreak. The Forestry Commission has issued a press release with details on measures to be taken to contain the threat. […]

Firefighters Quell Massive Fire on Scottish Moors

Firefighters Quell Massive Fire on Scottish Moors Firefighters and forestry workers have stopped a moorland blaze at Drumburn Hill which started on Monday. There were fears it would spread to the adjacent 70-hectare forest near Kirkbean and Southwick. The Forestry Commission provided off-road vehicles to get vital equipment to the site, as well as trying […]

Task Force Boost to Sustainable Forestry

Task Force Boost to Sustainable Forestry The Government has announced it will implement a host of the forestry sector’s own recommendations to boost sustainable forestry and the green economy in its response to the Forestry Regulation Task Force published on 27 March 2012. The Task Force identified more than 40 ways to make it easier […]

BBC Tree Disease Feature

BBC Tree Disease Feature on iPlayer Last night the BBC gave coverage to the phytophthora pathogen problems in Wales and tonight Forest Research will be on the news. Footage of extensive areas of felled larch taken from a hot air balloon is very dramatic. The feature piece on FR and tree diseases is on at […]

Independent Panel in Northumberland

The Independent Panel on Forestry Visits Northumberland Shireen Chambers MICFor – Executive Director, ICF Last week the Independent Panel on Forestry visited Northumberland which included a visit to Kielder Forest. The local residents made their feelings clear with banners such as the one above. The Panel spent an evening listening to local residents and organisations […]

Government Receives Final Forestry Panel Report

Government presented with final Forestry Panel Report at stakeholder event in London. The Independent Panel on Forestry’s Final Report to Government was formally presented to Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, yesterday, Tuesday 10 July, at a National Stakeholder Event organised by Defra. The report, which was published on 4 […]