UK Food Security is not dependant on the maintenance of upland farming

UK Food Security is not dependant on the maintenance of upland farming

Chartered Forester Jim Reilly MICFor, PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, explains food security. What is security? Food security is a complex subject and it is perhaps helpful if we start by considering what is meant by security.  Security can be a disputed concept, because it means different things to different people.  However, one […]

Looking back at looking forwards

Looking back at looking forwards

Speaker Day 1: Future paths/drawing from other sectors The Institute interviews Fiona Lickorish, formerly Head of the Cranfield Institute for Resilient Futures at Cranfield University, as she prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: Innovation for Change. What piece of advice would you give yourself if you could turn the clock back 20+ years? […]

Plastic with a purpose

Plastic with a purpose

Associate member Simon Place, Account Manager at Tubex, explains how plastic still has a vital role to play in forestry.  I read with great interest Stuart Wilkie’s FICFor CEnv recent blog on forest plastic.  The first thing that struck me after reading it was why nobody had really written about this subject before?  The BBC show […]

ICF 2018 National Conference Chair Chris Hamill explains the aims of the conference

ICF 2018 National Conference Chair Chris Hamill explains the aims of the conference

We often think of change as an absolute process, however it is more like a constant evolution. Occasionally we experience huge leaps, where that change is obvious (for example the introduction of the chainsaw), still it is mostly incremental and can only be appreciated when reviewing longer periods of time. Amid the fourth industrial revolution, […]

Shireen Chambers FICFor visits Burkina Faso with TreeAid

Shireen Chambers FICFor visits Burkina Faso with TreeAid

Shireen Chambers FICFor, ICF Executive Director, visited Burkina Faso in her capacity as Chair of TreeAid. Shireen reports on her visit. My first visit to west central Africa didn’t have a promising start, with a cancelled flight in snowbound Paris, but a few moments in Ouagadougou’s 38°C heat dispelled all memories of a European winter. […]

Interview with Professor Tariq Butt, Swansea University

Interview with Professor Tariq Butt, Swansea University

Speaker day 1 on: Biopesticide-based products and strategies for control of tree pests Hester McQueen, ICF Marketing and Communications Officer, interviews Professor Tariq Butt as he prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: Innovation for Change. Professor Butt currently works at the Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, where he carries out research in Plant Protection […]

2018 New Year’s Resolutions for Foresters and Arboriculturists

2018 New Year’s Resolutions for Foresters and Arboriculturists

The Institute’s Development Director, Andy Lederer, outlines five resolutions for foresters and arboriculturists to improve their professional standards in the industry.  CHANGE – STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE Change has occurred throughout the UK at both political and local level and there is no doubt that when we leave the EU in April 2019, just […]

Innovation for Change

Innovation for Change

Innovation for Change, ICF’s National Conference 2018,  will look at a range of new drivers for tomorrow’s forestry and arboriculture sector. Among them, naturally, is what tools are being developed to help tree professionals in their work. Ian Thomas MICFor has been piloting a new Forestry visualisation tool called “Prospect” that was developed by Mapmaker […]

A view on Kevin O’Hara’s article – Managing Forest to be Better than Nature

A view on Kevin O’Hara’s article – Managing Forest to be Better than Nature

Chartered Forester Dr WL (Bill) Mason MICFor discusses Kevin O’Hara’s article on silviculture and forest management. It was a pleasure to find ICF News giving such prominence to an article on silviculture and forest management. But, after reading Kevin O’Hara’s article, I am concerned that parts of his critique of the practices associated with ‘close-to-nature’ […]

A day (or two) in the life of a Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee Chair

A day (or two) in the life of a Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee Chair

Chartered Forester Dr Hilary Allison MICFor, Chair of the Forestry Commission’s East England Midlands Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee, talks about the roles of the Forestry Commission’s East Midlands Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees. “I’m having a forestry day tomorrow,” I tell my staff as I prepare to head out to the woods.  The contrast […]