The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2018 Opens for Applications

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

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

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?

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

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, […]