Can Impact Investing Impact Forestry?

Hester Robertson, Founder of CloudForest, explains how impact investing can impact forestry. Hester previously worked for BG Group as a Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst. CloudForest is on a mission to create resilient, productive forests that people can enjoy. By crowdfunding forestry projects, the company will open the door to small-scale investors who want to see more […]

Andrew Heald MICFor visits Uganda

Chartered Forester Andrew Heald MICFor, Technical Director at Confor, visited Uganda. Andrew reports on his visit. A ‘blended return’ sounds like something you might order in one of Edinburgh’s many hipster coffee shops, but it was something I heard repeatedly on a recent WWF NGP study tour in Uganda. Uganda certainly has great coffee, but […]

Innovation on the southern pine forestry frontier

2017 Silvicultural Prize winner Dr Don C. Bragg explains Innovation on the southern pine forestry frontier. The lumber industry in the southeastern United States came of age during a period of rapid industrialization and population growth in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, and southern forests produced billions of cubic meters of hardwood, cypress, and pine […]

Interview with Provincial Leader at FPInnovations

Speaker Day 1: The Main Challenges of Developing Autonomous Equipment in Forestry The Institute interviews John Pineau as he prepares to address the Institute’s forthcoming National Conference: Innovation for Change. What innovation means to FPInnovations/what innovative development(s) it is working on? Innovation is pervasive to our corporate culture at FPInnovations. We are always striving to find new […]

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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, 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

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

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 […]

TreePans Protecting the UK’s Next Generation of Trees

TreePans is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  TreePans Director, Russell Horsey MICFor, reports on the upcoming conference and TreePans. TreePans “Protecting Trees, Protecting Our Future”. It was really positive to see the launch of the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) last year and TreePans were keen to support the second conference, […]

Buxtons is proud to support the National Tree Officers Conference

Buxtons is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  The National Tree Officers Conference offers a great forum for Tree Officers from all over the country to get together to discuss current issues and share their experiences. The conference offers a rare networking opportunity for Tree Officers to meet and share problems and […]

The Biggest Trends Influencing Tree Procurement Today

Hillier Trees is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  While some trends in tree procurement almost never change – like sourcing the right tree varieties at a fair price – in recent years, a number of political and environmental concerns have become much more significant as part of procurement decisions. 1. Responsible […]

PocketGIS ARB

Positioning Resources Ltd is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Does this ring a bell? It’s a wet and windy day and you’re out surveying trying to make notes and mark up a topographic map on a soggy piece of paper and your pen won’t work. To make matters worse once back in the […]

TPOs: Improve your Reaction time and save more Trees

 ezytreev is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  It’s early afternoon and you get the tip-off, it might be potential development land or perhaps a private garden with some prominent trees, but word is that the tree fellers are due in the morning. Your next move, and how fast you can make […]

Forestry Commission England’s Tree Health team

Forestry Commission England is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Members of the Forestry Commission England’s (FCE) tree health team will once again be in attendance at the National Tree Officer’s Conference.  Following the inaugural event last year, the team is very much looking forward to seeing what the conference has in store, […]

Sorbus takes Innovation to 2017 National Tree Officers Conference

Sorbus International Limited is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Sorbus, based in Frome Somerset, is celebrating their tenth anniversary in 2017 and proud to be supporting the second National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  Sorbus offers a comprehensive range of specialist and HiTech products for arboriculture professionals including the well proven PICUS, IML […]

A green future with CityTree?

As a Tree Officer I spend a great deal of time advocating for urban trees and it is hard for me to hear that there is a new green product which claims to improve air quality more efficiently and cost effectively than trees. But Green City Solutions has done this with its new mossy installation […]

Get to Know Your Tree Officer!

GreenBlue Urban is a sponsor of the 2017 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  The themes of the National Tree Officers Conference really got us thinking here at GreenBlue Urban (GBU) Head Quarters. How do we support, and in some respects, ‘market’ urban trees and their fantastic custodians, the Tree Officers? Working effectively with politicians and communities […]

Stwopendous experiences

Theresa Reichlin from the University of Toronto and winner of the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award tells us about her work placement with 2017 Award Programme employer Pryor and Rickett Silviculture. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC). I am now comfortable enough to not use my GPS when driving to […]

Norfolk Newbie

Reginald Eddye from Fleming College and winner of the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award tells us about his work placement with 2017 Award Programme employer AT Coombes. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC). I have completed my first month of my work placement at AT […]

Game of Thorns

Theresa Reichlin from the University of Toronto and winner of the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award tells us about her work placement with 2017 Award Programme employer Pryor and Rickett Silviculture. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC). The five months between finding out about my […]

3 Magic I’s for Tree Officers

Chartered Arboriculturist Sharon Hosegood FICFor a Fellow of the Institute, owner at Sharon Hosegood Associates Ltd, highlights a few of the obstacles that tree officers face and the importance of supporting each other. “Money spent on trees and tree officers must be regarded as investment, not a cost.” – Associate member John Parker, Chair of  the […]

The Institute Interviews, Forestry Award Winner, Reginald Eddy

The Institute interviews Reginald Eddy on winning the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. Reginald’s placement is with 2017 Award Programme employer AT Coombes Associates Ltd. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC). Why did you apply for the award? After hearing about The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership […]

The Institute Interviews, Forestry Award Winner, Theresa Reichlin

The Institute interviews Theresa Reichlin on winning the 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. Theresa’s placement is with 2017 Award Programme employer Pryor and Rickett Silviculture. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC). Why did you apply for the award? I’ve had various opportunities to participate in activities […]

The Importance of Soil

Associate member Andrew Macqueen is a Forest Manager for South West Scotland at Tilhill Forestry. Andrew was one of the hosts for ICF’s South Scotland Regional Group Meeting: Cultivation of Soils for Forestry in Tweedsmuir on the 5th of July 2017. He demonstrated a depth of knowledge about soil at the event. “Essentially, all life […]

Dougal Driver FICFor, CEnv shares his thoughts for World Environment Day

Blog by Dougal Driver FICFor, CEnv  a Fellow of the Institute. Based on his thought provoking speech at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers on 5th June 2017 at the Society for the Environment’s, World Environment Day Conference. MANATURE In the 1840s, a young Karl Marx pre-empted his later and more famous theories with an erudite […]

Peter Wilson FICFor CEnv Feels Connected to Nature

The Institute asked Chartered Forester Peter Wilson FICFor CEnv (Chartered Environmentalist) a Fellow of the Institute, owner at Wilson Applied Consultancy, on how he feels connected with nature for World Environment Day. “What I really enjoy on my day off is getting out and having a good walk in the countryside, seeing real trees and […]

Is Clear-Felling Past its Sell-by Date?

Professional Member James Andrew Reilly MICFor explains the drawbacks of clear-felling. As a silvicultural system, clear-felling has limited utility. Furthermore, its widespread use damages the forestry industry. Its use in the UK was brought about by necessity – the need to secure timber supplies in time of war. With only a small area under forestry, […]

How Lockhart Garratt is Connecting with Nature

Chartered Forester Justin Mumford FICFor CEnv a Fellow of the Institute, Managing Director at Lockhart Garratt, tells us how Lockhart Garratt is connecting with nature. The two assumptions that people always make when you tell them that you’re a forester are a) that you work for the Forestry Commission and b) you’re very environmentally friendly.  […]

What does ‘Connected to Nature’ mean to a Forester?

Professional Member Tim Hall MICFor, Head of Operations Scotland at The Woodland Trust, gives his views on how a Forester is ‘Connected to Nature’. World Environment Day, this year on 5 June, is a United Nations initiative to raise global awareness and encourage people and governments to protect nature. The theme for 2017 is ‘Connecting […]

Interview with John Parker, Senior Technical Specialist at Transport for London

John Parker, Senior Technical Specialist – Arboriculture and Landscape at Transport for London, tells us about  his views of the upcoming National Tree Officers Conference. What is the benefit of having the National Tree Officers Conference? The National Tree Officers Conference is an amazing opportunity for tree officers from all over the UK to get together […]

Dr Rob Hawkins reports on The ARB show 2017

Dr Rob Hawkins, ICF Technical Officer, attended The ARB Show 2017 in May, the biggest show in the event’s 19 year history. Dr Hawkins reports on his experience. The ARB Show 2017 took place on the 12-13 May at Westonbirt Arboretum. I went along to see what makes it the place to go for Arboriculturists […]

Amanda Bryan MICFor visits Ukraine

Professional Member Amanda Bryan MICFor visited Ukraine at the end of January 2017. As Programme Leader for the new Honours Degree in Forest Management at the Scottish School of Forestry (SSF), Inverness College UHI, I was invited by Dr Dan Ridley-Ellis from Napier University to join the fact finding British Council funded visit to Ukraine […]

Riccardo Arnone, shares his experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2016

Riccardo Arnone, Arboricultural Officer at London Borough of Camden, tells us about his experience of presenting at the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference in 2016. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT? I was working with my colleague on a study of species diversity in Camden’s annual tree planting programme when the call for […]

Kelly Suvari, shares her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference in 2016

Kelly Suvari, Arboricultural Officer at London Borough of Camden, tells us about her experience of presenting at the National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2016. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? When I first heard about the National Tree Officers Conference, I was interested to attend but I never thought I would end […]

Andy Tipping MICFor tells us about his experience of presenting at the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference

The Institute of Chartered Foresters Professional Member Andy Tipping MICFor, Trees & Woodlands Manager at London Borough of Barnet, tells us about his experience of presenting at the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) in 2016. Why did you decide to submit an abstract? We had recently let new tree contracts and challenged the usual […]

TPBE3: Did it deliver?

I am endlessly puzzled by how the academically intelligent can be so communicationally blind!  In the last five years, I have spoken at eight international tree conferences and every one has suffered from the same blight;  professors and peers who know so much about their chosen subject and so little about communication.  Delegates don’t need […]

Chatham House biomass report: dancing on a pinhead!

Why is one of the oldest uses of wood quite so controversial? How is it that European regulators regard using woody biomass for industrial-scale heat and power generation as ‘carbon neutral’ for purposes of carbon accounting but that some NGOs claim it is ‘dirtier than coal’ or poses an existential threat to the World’s forests? […]

Proud Headline Sponsor for TPBE3

Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 As a proud headline sponsor [along with (TEP) The Environment Partnership] of this well established and prestigious event, I had the privilege to meet a whole host of industry experts over the two-day conference period whilst representing GreenBlue Urban. What struck me was the sheer diversity of attendees. […]

Phil Simpkin MICFor tells us about his experience of presenting at the first National Tree Officers Conference

The Institute of Chartered Foresters Professional Member Phil Simpkin MICFor, Natural Environment Officer at Wycombe District Council, tells us about his experience of presenting at the inaugural National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC) last year. WHY  DID YOU DECIDE TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT? I had never spoken at a conference when I saw the call for […]

Are all urban forests equally beneficial?

What is an ‘urban forest’? ‘Urban forest’ is a term that is being increasingly used by those engaged in thinking about (and even delivering) resilient cities. But what does it actually mean? There are various published definitions but for our purposes here we adopt a definition that we and our colleagues proposed last year: ‘The […]

Interview with Sam Bristow, Tilhill Forestry

The Institute asked Associate member Sam Bristow, Assistant Forest Manager with Tilhill Forestry and one of the hosts for his views on the up and coming Young Professionals Study Tour. WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE LAST YOUNG PROFESSIONALS STUDY TOUR? The YPST in 2016 gave me a great opportunity to meet and talk […]

Andrew Heald MICFor visits Ukraine to learn more about the Hardwood Forests of Eastern Europe

Andrew Heald MICFor visited Ukraine at the end of January 2017. For several years, I have been working for WWF (World Wildlife Fund) on their New Generation Plantation Project, focussing on the better management of plantations, particularly in South America and South East Asia. Following on from this international experience, I was offered a chance […]

The Urban Forest – In the Cloud

Manage the urban forest, online, on any device, in real-time. Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) analysis and tree inventories are, respectively, top-down and bottom-up assessments. Cities use inventories to improve management and maintenance, and they analyse UTC to develop a benchmark, inform master plans, prioritise, and monitor change. As a natural progression with innovations in mobile […]

A Walk in the Woods – Mirehouse Estate, Keswick Cumbria

North of England – Regional Group Meeting. The North of England Region is trialling a new approach to regional meetings by hosting local and low key events during the weekend, and hopefully more often.  The first meeting was held on Saturday 4th March at Mirehouse Estate near Keswick, with kind support of the current and […]

Interview with Craig Hinton, Enspec Environment & Risk, Australia

Speaker day 2: The Role of Tree Population Data in Promoting Tree Benefits Cathy Frossard, Marketing Consultant on the Trees, People and Built Environment 3 Conference, interviews Craig Hinton on his views of the upcoming conference. There are those who maintain that, now most of us live in towns and cities, our deep cultural relationship […]

Trees in the city

Why Trees in Cities are Phenomenal Investments in Urban Infrastructure The tree in front of my residence in Halifax is an American elm of about ninety years of age. In an interview with a reporter last year I referred to it as a veritable workhorse. The reporter looked puzzled, so I explained. The tree enhances […]

TPBE3 Chair Alan Simson Reflects on Some of the Aims of the Conference

I think it was Ambrose Bierce who said a long time ago that “There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don’t know”. Our relationship with trees, woodland, and landscape goes back a very long way but sometimes we forget this and assume that the whole subject area of […]

Why not Manage our Forests to be Better than Nature?

Humans have long sought suitable models or representations to guide natural resource management, including forestry. These models represent the values of societies and the relationships of societies to nature. For example, the “close-to-nature” forestry movement in central Europe is an attempt to emulate nature with forestry or silvicultural treatments. This is not an uncommon approach, […]

Tree benefits; the missing part of the street tree cost benefit analysis equation

Sheffield was widely hailed as one of Europe’s greenest cities, but it is rapidly gaining an international reputation as the place where they are felling street trees on an industrial scale.  Local democracy seems to be unravelling before an international audience as the wishes of local communities are ignored and healthy trees with decades of […]

2016: A Year in Forestry and Arboriculture

Throughout 2016 the ICF blog has showcased member opinions on the maelstrom of political and other changes and what they have meant for forestry and arboriculture. As the year draws to a close, ICF Executive Director Shireen Chambers FICFor looks back on the most important events and their impact on the sector.  The winter of […]

UK Forestry: Where are we going, and who is taking us there?

The recent government consultation on the future of Scottish forestry has left significant uncertainty among the ICF membership and the wider sector. In our latest guest blog, Ian Thomas MICFor, Partner at Landmanager.eu, offers his thoughts on the future of UK forestry. Monopoly, Oligarchy, Cartel. All words with negative connotations for most people, unless of course […]

Engaging Communities for Successful Tree Management

On this week’s blog, Christopher Neilan MICFor, Principal Tree Officer at Epping Forest District Council, discusses the importance of community engagement in public sector tree management. He shares his experiences of success with local communities and the importance of storytelling for communicating key messages.  What’s the future for public sector tree management? Should we keep […]

Algonquin Provincial Park: a multi-use forest on a large scale

ICF Associate Member, Nicholas Hill, took on an exciting work placement in Canada as part of his 2016 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. In his latest blog for ICF, Nicholas takes us through the diverse forestry activities of Algonquin Provincial Park. Algonquin Provincial Park is a multi-use forest. It is an esteemed setting for […]

Marketing Diversity

Forestry is now a booming billion pound sector in the UK, yet it continues to face a lack of diversity in its workforce. Following Confor’s Diversity for Resilience workshop in Edinburgh, Julie Thomson, ICF Marketing and Communications Officer, reports on the issues raised and what, as a marketing professional, she can do to help. I […]

Scotland’s Long Term Forest Plans

Scotland’s Long Term Forest Plans We all know that when it comes to creating woodland that we’re planting with the intention that the woodland will thrive and grow over a long period of time. We may all have various reasons for planting but regardless of our intended outcome, it’s important to get things right from […]

Promoting Forestry Beyond Chainsaws

After being discouraged from studying forestry at school, Bangor Student Samantha Howard discovered a sector with a wide breadth of career choices and possibilities. Now Samantha is trying to spread the word to other young people with her Making Future Foresters Facebook project. “So you cut down trees?” A familiar question for many foresters. The forestry […]

EAB in Ottawa: Your Questions Answered

EAB in Ottawa: Your Questions Answered Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award Winner Nicholas Hill recently wrote about his experiences with Emerald Ash Borer while on placement in Ottawa. Now his interview with Jason Pollard, Forester and Section Manager with the City of Ottawa Forest Service, anwsers questions posed by readers. Further Reading www.eomf.on.ca/index.php?option=com_ttvideo&view=videolist&id=0&Itemid=497 treecanada.ca/en/resources/tree-killers/insects/emerald-ash-borer/ […]

Timber Cruising and Cable Logging in North Vancouver

When ICF Student member Ellinor Dobie was awarded the 2016 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership award, it was the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime placement at Strategic Natural Resource Consultants in British Columbia, Canada. In her first guest blog, Ellinor describes her unique new surroundings and getting fit in the forest while timber cruising and checking […]

Ottawa: A city under siege

In March, Nick Hill was one of four winners from the UK and Canada of the prestigious Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award. Now on placement in Ottawa, Canada, Nick reports the current Emerald Ash Borer outbreak in the city, and invites you to take part in trans-Atlantic discussion on the subject. A follow-up interview […]

EU Referendum: Brexit and the Environment

EU Referendum: Brexit and the Environment Ahead of the EU referendum vote in June, ICF is showcasing different member perspectives on the implications of a vote to exit. In our latest guest blog, Roderick Leslie FICFor, examines the implications of Brexit on the environment.       The economic case for Brexit is built on a […]

EU Referendum: The Potential Impact of Brexit on New Productive Planting in the UK

EU Referendum: The Potential Impact of Brexit on New Productive Planting in the UK In a blog series leading up to the June EU referendum, ICF is looking at different perspectives from across the forestry and arboricultural sector on the potential impact of Britain exiting the EU. Martin Glynn FICFor, Chartered Forester and Rural Development […]

EU Referendum: The Implications of Brexit for Agricultural Payments

EU Referendum: The Implications of Brexit for Agricultural Payments In last week’s EU Referendum blog article, we learnt of the potential impact of Brexit on forestry in the context of agricultural support. Here Dr Jason Beedell, a Partner in Strutt and Parker’s research team, analyses the implications of Brexit for agricultural payments. UK farming’s profitability […]

The World’s Most AWESOME Factory

Why the 21st Century will be the ‘Wood-Age’ Part 7: The World’s most AWESOME factory Jason Sinden MICFor’s blog series has looked at evolving in the forest (Part 1), and how our use of wood technology has enabled us to develop civilisation (Part 2). Since then, we have improved our technology, so that wood now […]

EU Referendum: The Potential Impact of Brexit on Agricultural Support and Forestry

EU Referendum: The Potential Impact of Brexit on Agricultural Support and Forestry In a blog series leading up to the June EU referendum, ICF is looking at different perspectives from across the forestry and arboricultural sector on the potential impact of Brexit. Justin Mumford FICFor, Managing Director of Lockhart Garratt Ltd, examines the implications for […]

EU Referendum: What implications would Brexit have on the nursery sector?

EU Referendum: What implications would Brexit have on the nursery sector? In the run-up to the June EU referendum, the Institute is examining the range of implications for the forestry and arboriculture sector. Here Matt Hommel MICFor, Managing Director of Christie-Elite Nurseries Ltd, looks at the potential impact of Brexit on UK nurseries.     […]

Choose Life. Choose the Forest.

Why the 21st Century will be the ‘Wood-Age’ Part 6: Choose Life. Choose the Forest. Ahead of the 2016 ICF National Conference, Tilhill Director Jason Sinden MICFor is looking at the theme of timber supply with a blog series “Why the 21st Century will be the ‘Wood Age’”.So far, he has considered how we owe […]

EU Referendum: The Impact on Forestry and Arboriculture

EU Referendum: The Impact on Forestry and Arboriculture Little has so far been said about the potential impact of a decision to leave the EU on forestry and arboriculture. Therefore, in the run-up to the June referendum, the Institute will be posting a series of blogs that examine a range of implications of a yes/no […]

Wood is HOT!

Why the 21st Century will be the ‘Wood-Age’ Part 5: Wood is HOT! The 2016 ICF National Conference will focus on the timber supply chain, revealing important emerging markets, including biomass and other biorefinery products. In the lead up to the event Jason Sinden MICFor, Director at Tilhill Forestry, is exploring the timber supply chain […]

The Sexiest Material in the World

Why the 21st Century will be the ‘Wood-Age’ Part 4: The Sexiest Material in the World In Part 3, we looked at how wood can be used to provide our fundamental need for shelter. In this article, Jason Sinden MICFor looks at how, in the 21st Century, wood and trees can meet our fundamental needs […]

Building Our Future Out of Wood

Why the 21st Century will be the ‘Wood-Age’ Part 3: Building Our Future Out of Wood Shelter is one of mankind’s most fundamental needs. In Part 1 of this blog series, we learned that construction of wooden shelters was one of the key technologies that allowed mankind to colonise the world. In Part 2, we heard […]

How Forests and Trees Civilised Us

Why the 21st Century will be the ‘Wood-Age’ Part 2: How Forests and Timber Civilised Us This is Part 2 of guest series of blogs leading up to the 2016 ICF National Conference in which Tilhill Forestry’s Investment and Property Director Jason Sinden MICFor looks at developments in the timber supply chain that have created a new ‘Wood-Age’. […]

In The Beginning, There Was Wood…

Why the 21st Century will be the ‘Wood-Age’Part 1: In The Beginning, There Was Wood… In an eight-part series leading up to the 2016 ICF National Conference, Tilhill Forestry’s Investment and Property Director Jason Sinden MICFor looks at developments in the timber supply chain that have created a new ‘Wood-Age’. In part one, he takes […]

Environmental Change Preparedness

Environmental Change Preparedness prɪˈpɛːrɪdnəs/   a state of readiness, especially for war      The COP21 talks at Paris are behind us, and now the ambitious targets must be implemented. Meanwhile, we are living with the ‘future climate’ (average global temperatures have risen by 1°C), pest and pathogen immigration increasingly threatens, and winter storms impact with […]

Wood-based Bio-refineries

Wood-based Biorefineries The forthcoming ICF National Conference 2016 will look at the entire timber supply chain, including future markets for the booming UK timber industry. Providing an introduction to his presentation, conference speaker Roger Kilburn, CEO of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, Glasgow, focuses on the potential market for biorefinery products, making a compelling argument for […]

A Year in Forestry: 2015 Analysis

A Year in Forestry: 2015 Analysis Shireen Chambers FICFor, Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, examines the developments and challenges for the UK forestry sector in 2015, a year that has seen a changing political landscape matched with an increased demand for both forest properties and personnel.   The Political Landscape 2015 may […]

Using Green Infrastructure to Manage Urban Flooding and Stormwater Run-off

Using Green Infrastructure to Manage Urban Flooding and Stormwater Run-off With both urban populations and instances of flooding and stormwater on the rise, urban greening presents a viable alternative to engineered drainage systems, with numerous other benefits. Steve Chatwin-Grindey, General Manager at DeepRoot Urban Solutions Ltd, looks at the challenges and potential solutions for employing […]

Recognising Forestry in England’s Open Environment Plan

Recognising Forestry in England’s Open Environment Plan On 15 October ICF Policy and Development Officer Alex McAuley attended the National Forestry Forum at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, where the Government outlined plans for a 25 year Open Environment Plan. Alex discusses what this means for UK Forestry.   The National Forum […]

Quicker approvals, increased need for professionalism?

Quicker approvals, increased need for professionalism?   Ahead of the November workshop series Better Management Plans, Faster Approvals, Neville Elstone MICFor, Director at Cumbria Woodlands, discusses how quicker grant approvals require better professionalism and responsibility on the part of the English private sector.   Our current approach to regulation and land management payments for forests and […]

Ecosystem Services and Forest Management

As both EU forest strategy and UK policy increase their focus on ecosystem services, Forest Research have released a research note to explain its links sustainable forest management. Louise Sing of the Land Use and Ecosystem Services Science Group, provides an introduction. Ecosystem services are the benefits provided by nature that contribute to human well-being, […]

Maintaining Standards with Glastir

Maintaining Standards with Glastir Sonia Winder MICFor, Forest Manager at Tilhill Forestry, has been one of the first Chartered Members of the Institute to be registered as a Glastir Woodland Management Planner, under the scheme’s new terms and conditions. Since July, in order to register with Glastir, Planners must be members of ICF or a […]

Discussing The Future of Forestry in Scotland with Dr Aileen McLeod

Discussing The Future of Forestry in Scotland with Dr Aileen McLeod MSP On 23 September ICF Policy and Development Officer Alex McAuley attended a meeting at Scottish Government offices with Dr Aileen McLeod. Here Alex discusses the aims and outcomes of this important meeting, which aired the Institutes concerns about UK forestry education.     […]

David Johnes: Three Months Later

Three Months Later in British Columbia… After three months in British Columbia on his Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award placement, David Johnes has been to the places where no roads go, seen some incredible wildlife, and most importantly cemented his forestry knowledge with diverse work experiences. In his second blog post for ICF, David […]

Keira Tedd: Homeward Bound

Keira Tedd: Homeward Bound Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award winner Keira Tedd writes her third and final blog post from Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, where she has been interning with the Algonquin Forest Authority. In her last month she discovers the boreal forest of northern Ontario and reunites with some old friends at the […]

Non-foresters Day at the Nursery

Non-foresters Day at the Nursery On Tuesday 8 September, several of ICF’s non-forestry staff visited Alba Trees for their open day, which offered a tour of their nursery facilities. Julie Adamson, Marketing & Communications Officer, and Dr Stuart Glen, Membership Manager, offer their perspectives on the day. Dr Stuart GlenICF Membership Manager Having previously worked […]

Tree Marking to Tourist: My Illuminating Month at Algonquin

Tree Marking to Tourist: My Illuminating Month at Algonquin Prince of Wales Leadership Award Winner Keira Tedd reccounts the highlights from her second month on placement at the Algonquin provincial park in Canada, where it seems orange is the new green… Hello again! Thank you for taking the time and having the interest to read […]

Building Resilience in Scotland’s Urban Tree Populations

Building Resilience in Scotland’s Urban Tree Populations Dr Andy Moffat MICFor, now a private consultant at A J Moffat & Associates, reports on a small research project carried out for Forest Research and ClimateXChange.   How well prepared are Scottish tree and parks departments for the impact that climate change will make on their cities’ […]

How Understanding Attitudes Can Help in Achieving Woodland Ambitions

How Understanding Attitudes Can Help in Achieving Woodland Ambitions  A recent Defra and Forestry Commission study has segmented private woodland owners and farmers according to their shared attitudes and motivations, so furthering our understanding of how to motivate increased woodland management and creation by these key actors. Chris Eves, the research leader at AECOM, explains […]

EU Birds and Habitats Directives – Fit for Purpose?

EU Birds and Habitats Directives – Fit for Purpose? Following a consultation with ICF members, Alex McAuley, ICF Policy & Development Officer, examines whether the EU Birds and Habitats Directives are ‘fit for purpose’ and their impact on the sustainable management of UK forests and woodlands.     Under the European Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and […]

Learning Camp Life in British Columbia

Learning Camp Life in British Columbia When David Johnes found out he’d become a winner of The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award, little did know it would start with a meeting with a future British Monarch, and end up deep in the forests of British Columbia. In his first blog he describes life in […]

Algonquin Bound

Algonquin Bound Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award winner Keira Tedd left for her placement at Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, in June. Since then she’s discovered the diverse forestry activities of the forest authority, including silviculture, tourism and logging, as well as meeting some unusual wildlife… Hello there! My name is Keira Tedd, […]

Seen in the Woods: Squirrels on a High

Seen in the Woods: Squirrels on a High My brother and his workmate (both qualified Agriculturalists) carry out the intensive management of a 35 acre (14ha) on a residential estate in mid Devon. This includes monitoring 17 squirrel traps and as a consequence of this they had not seen a squirrel all through the spring. […]

Meeting the Next Generation of Forest Leaders

Meeting the Next Generation of Forest Leaders Russell Horsey, ICF Deputy Director, reflects on his time as an urban forestry student, and asks how, as a sector, we can better work together to promote this hugely rewarding career path.   Winners of the 2014 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award meet His Royal Highness, The […]

A Statutory Notification Scheme for Firewood Imports

A Statutory Notification Scheme for Firewood Imports Alex McAuley, Policy & Development Officer at ICF, examines the potential impact of a new Statutory Notification Scheme on firewood imports.   The Institute is concerned that as it becomes increasingly more economically viable to import solid fuel wood, particularly from other European countries, that this may result […]

Bats in Trees and Woodland

Bats in Trees and Woodland Alex McAuley, Policy & Development Officer at the Institute of Chartered Foresters, examines the potential impact of BSI Surveying for bats in trees and woodland guidance document on the sector.   The development of a standard on Surveying for bats in trees and woodland was first discussed by the British […]

Google Earth Pro: Free Mapmaking and Data Analysis Tool for Foresters

Google Earth Pro: Free Mapmaking and Data Analysis Tool for Foresters While most will be familiar with Google Earth, only in January of this year has the Pro version been made available for free. James England MICFor, Timber Transport Officer at Dumfries & Galloway Council, reviews Google Earth Pro, and its benefits for forest design […]

The Emerald Ash Borer in the United States

Jim Zwack is Director of Technical Services for the Davey Institute, the research, training, and educational arm of the Davey Tree Expert Company. This US tree care business that has been engaged in the management of the Emerald Ash Borer since it was first identified in the United States in 2002. Jim outlines the historical background […]

Lessons from a global perspective on tree health

Professor Michael J Wingfield, President of IUFRO and Director of the Forestry & Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria gives an insight on his forthcoming presentation at 2015 ICF National Conference: Tree health, resilience and sustainability. Natural forests and plantations of forest trees are increasingly threatened by insect pests and pathogens. Broadly speaking, native trees […]

Perspectives on Risk: The Nursery

Perspectives on Risk: The Nursery Ahead of his presentation at the Tree Health, Resilience and Sustainability Conference, Matt Hommel MICFor, Managing Director of Christie-Elite Nurseries, outlines the need for better market stability before tree health challenges can be addressed.   I believe the main challenge for nurseries in relation to tree health is business resilience; […]

A Collaborative Approach for Rewilding Success

A Collaborative Approach for Rewilding Success Simon Ayres MICFor, independent forestry consultant and chair of the Wild Land Foundation, looks at the recent dialogue on rewilding and suggests a collaborative approach. Rewilding has captured our attention recently, following the publication of George Monbiot’s book Feral. The ICF-hosted lecture given by Monbiot last June in Edinburgh […]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Foresters and Arboriculturists

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Foresters and Arboriculturists To kick off an exciting new year in UK forestry and arboricutlure, ICF Deputy Director Russell Horsey outlines his top five resolutions for improving professional standards.   1. Improve your plant health knowledge 2014 was a big year for plant health, as outlined by Shireen Chambers FICFor […]

A Year in Forestry: 2014 Analysis

A Year in Forestry: 2014 Analysis ICF Executive Director, Shireen Chambers FICFor, examines the highs and lows for forestry in 2014 , a year that has brought plant health and urban forestry matters to the fore.   2014 has shown that forestry continues to be a political hot potato with ministers playing pass-the-parcel with the […]

Top 5 Benefits of CPD – Dr Stuart Glen

Dr Stuart Glen, Membership Manager at the Institute of Chartered Foresters, outlines the top 5 reasons why CPD should be more than just clocking hours.     As a professional body that champions excellence in forestry and arboriculture, and supports the ongoing development of a competent, innovative and forward-looking profession, the Institute of Chartered Foresters […]

A Student Voice for Forestry – Elliot Hill

A Student Voice for Forestry  Elliot Hill of the Bangor Forestry Students Association, discusses the lack of awareness among school-leavers of forestry careers and building links between students and professionals.     In many walks of life, and indeed in jobs I have previously held, there is often a hierarchal ‘glass ceiling’ that prevents one […]

Summer Branch Drop: time for a rethink? – Jeremy Barrell FICFor

Summer Branch Drop: time for a rethink? Jeremy Barrell FICFor discusses this mode of branch failure, and whether a more proactive management approach is possible.   Summer Branch Drop (SBD) is the term describing the failure of mature tree branches in summer, with no obvious cause. SBD events often occur after the onset of heavy […]

Why Forestry? – Joanna Jervis BSc Hons

Why Forestry?  Student member and 2014 ICF Best Student Award winner Joanna Jervis discusses why she chose to study forestry, her experience of Bangor University, and what’s next for this up-and-coming forester.     Why Forestry? This is a question that I have been asked many times by family and friends, many of whom were […]

Outlook is Strong for Scotland’s Forestry Sector – Guy Warren MICFor

Outlook is Strong for Scotland’s Forestry Sector  ICF Council Member Guy Warren MICFor outlines the value of Scotland’s forestry sector to the wider economy.     The forestry sector in Scotland is an environmental and economic success story with the industry now displacing some £1 billion worth of imports annually and contributing an estimated £1.67 […]

George Monbiot on Rewilding – Rob Yorke FRICS

Opinion: Rob Yorke, Rural Commentator, on George Monbiot Lecture 2014   On 26 June, ICF hosted a lecture with environmental writer George Monbiot, who presented his views on rewilding Britain. Our guest blogger Rob Yorke, Rural Commentator, offers his analysis of the event and the issues raised for foresters, conservationists and farmers.   George Monbiot […]

TPBEII: Two useful days for a forestry or arboriculture student

TPBE II Review: Two useful days for a forestry or arboriculture student   Iain Hannah, Arboriculture StudentMyerscough College On the 2nd and 3rd of April 2014 the Institute of Chartered Foresters held the second in their series of conferences on “Trees, People and the Built Environment”. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend […]

City Trees for Beauty, Health and Economic Value – Dr Kathleen Wolf

Trees, People, and the Built Environment II: pre-conference article Kathleen L. Wolf, Ph.D., Research Social Scientist; College of the Environment, University of Washington (Seattle, U.S.A.)   Insightful people have long noted not only the beauty of trees, but also the thoughts, emotions, and inspirations that emerge when one encounters large trees. Newton was but one […]

Tree Species and Provenance Choice in High-Value Conservation Sites – Keith Kirby FICFor

Tree Species and Provenance Choice in High-Value Conservation Sites Where is it important that only local material is planted in woods important for nature conservation and where might a wider range of provenances and species be accepted, given future changes in environment and the threat from tree diseases? Keith Kirby FICFor looks at a simple […]

The Challenges Our Woodlands Face Today and Tomorrow – John Weir MICFor

The Challenges Our Woodlands Face Today and Tomorrow John Weir MICFor asks that we consider new approaches to increasing the long-term resilience of our woodlands. Our woodlands have been managed successfully during the last century under the assumption that the environment they are growing in will be relatively stable. This key assumption is now proven […]