Revised National Planning Policy Framework launched – President’s comment

The National Planning Policy Framework was revised on 20 July 2021 and sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. This revised Framework replaces the previous National Planning Policy Framework published in March 2012, revised in July 2018 and updated in February 2019. Commenting on the revised […]

Call for Forestry & Woodland Advisory Committee members

There are a number of vacancies to fill on the Forestry Commission’s Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees (FWACs) and we strongly encourage Chartered members in England to demonstrate their expert knowledge and express their interest. The FWACs helps shape the way the Forestry Commission leads the expansion, protection, improvement and connection of people to the […]

Breeding populations of bark beetle tree pest identified in Kent

Members are advised that several new breeding populations of the eight-toothed spruce bark beetle, Ips typographus, have been identified in Kent. Defra, Forestry Commission and the Animal and Plant Health Agency are increasing surveillance activity in the area and immediate action is being taken to support steps toward eradication and minimise the risk of onward […]

Opportunities to represent the Institute – certification and tree health

We are looking for Chartered members to take up two representative roles on sector groups and committees in certification and tree health. You would be a crucial touch point between Institute staff, Council and members and help shape the Institute’s activities in these areas. Please refer to the ICF Representative brief for a general overview, […]

ICF Vice President gives keynote speech at Treescapes 2021

Treescapes 2021 this week has been a fantastic showcase of research, packed with presentations and workshop discussions from a huge range of talented tree professionals. Hosted by the Royal Forestry Society and led by early career researchers, it has undoubtedly succeeded in its aim to facilitate conversations between practitioners and academics. Institute Vice President, Geraint […]

Update to the Agricultural Transition Plan in England and Institute response

On 30 June 2021, the Secretary of State has announced the next stage of Environmental Land Management scheme (ELMs) development and Defra have published a progress update that sets out the changes: Outline plans As outlined in the Agricultural Transition Plan in November 2020, ELMs comprises three schemes: Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), aimed at farmers […]

Policy Roundup – June 2021

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 It’s been a busy month at the Institute, well balanced with some cautiously increased freedoms including a Bristol team lunch by the harbour. The Accelerating Woodland Creation […]

Environment Secretary responds to ICF Executive Director

Following the launch of the England Trees Action Plan, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor wrote to George Eustice MP to emphasise the critical role trees and wood products will play in addressing the dual climate and nature crises. On 22 June we received the following reply. It is great to hear that the Institute is a […]

ICF Executive Director gives evidence at EFRA Select Committee meeting

On 16 June 2021, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor gave evidence to an EFRA Select Committee concerning tree planting, woodlands and what is needed to meet government targets. Shireen’s main points addressed the importance of cross-government coordination in meeting the aspirations of the England Trees Action Plan, the potential for well-designed and managed woodlands to meet […]

Welcome to two new Institute Representatives

In May we appointed two new Institute Representatives – Sonia Lorenzo Martín MICFor on the England Woodland Biodiversity Group and Robert South MICFor on the Woodland Carbon Code Advisory Board. In a year when there is rightly so much attention on carbon and biodiversity, Sonia and Robert will be taking forward important work and getting the voice […]