Consultation Opens on UKWAS 5 Draft

A consultation has been opened and we encourage members to comment on an Initial Revision Draft of UKWAS 5. The consultation draft has been prepared by a chamber-balanced working group reflecting economic, environmental and social interests taking full account of stakeholder input. Peter Wilson FICFor, Chair of the UKWAS working group, said: “This Consultation Draft […]

Institute Responds to EFRA Inquiry

The Institute has submitted evidence to a Westminster committee inquiry saying that government needs to address the skills shortage urgently in order to meet the challenges it faces, and not just for planting new trees but to meet objectives across the dual climate and nature crises. The Environment, Food and Rural & Affairs (EFRA) Committee […]

Environmental Policy Forum Publish Statement on a Sustainable Recovery Post COVID-19

As a member of the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), we recently contributed to the EPF position statement on what a sustainable recovery should look like from the coronavirus pandemic. With views from six other organisations from across the environmental sector, we pleased to be able to stress the importance of a sustainable recovery and how […]

Dr Gabriel Hemery FICFor Speaks on Why Trees are Key to New Agricultural Revolution

In September 2020, Dr Gabriel Hemery FICFor CEnv spoke, on behalf of the Institute and the Sylva Foundation, at the Westminster Policy Forum’s online conference on the future of agricultural land use. “Better for food, better for nature, better for people – trees for life. Trees really can deliver for climate, nature, people and the […]

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 […]

Your Chance to Input on Four New Apprenticeships

The Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Landscape Apprenticeship Group has gained approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to develop four new apprenticeships. Once complete, these will be supported by the Government’s apprenticeship scheme and will be available for training providers to offer across England. Employers, with the support of training professionals, have been […]

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. […]

Claire Glaister FICFor on the Value of CPD

Claire Glaister FICFor of GR Forestry Consultancy has been a member of the Institute for almost 20 years. She has written a blog highlighting the value of CPD in light of the recent statement from PESC. In these extraordinary times, we have found new ways of working, new ways of communicating and new ways to […]