Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards 2018

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

£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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]