Forestry and Climate Change Adaptation Accord published

As a member of the Forestry and Climate Change Partnership (FCCP), we are delighted to have come together with fellow forestry, conservation and government organisations to reaffirm our commitment to working together to promote the importance of adapting trees, woods and forests to climate change. Published today, the FCCP’s Forestry and Climate Change Adaptation Accord […]

Policy Roundup – June 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News On 14 June we met with Scotland’s Education Minister Jamie Hepburn to talk about the skills crisis and how we can resolve it. We were joined by Chief Forester Helen McKay FICFor […]

Chartered Foresters give evidence at Select Committee

On Monday 20 June Chartered Forester Max Hislop MICFor of the Clyde Climate Forest gave evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Land Use. The Institute’s Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor, also contributed to this inquiry in a private meeting on 6 June and various other Institute members and partners have contributed, […]

Institute meets with Scottish education minister

On Tuesday 14 June, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor and Jemima Cooper met Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, at Holyrood to talk about the skills crisis and how to resolve it. They were joined by Helen McKay OBE FICFor, Chief Forester for Scotland and Muriel Mackenzie from Scottish […]

How can communities help make best use of Scotland’s forest and land?

How can we work with communities to make the best use of Scotland’s national forest and land? To find out, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) have launched a consultation that will help set out key principles and strategic priorities that will inform their new Communities Strategy. The new strategy will sit alongside FLS’s Visitor Services […]

Policy Roundup – May 2022

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News New measures in the Woodland Carbon Code(WCC) have stimulated much debate, not only since their publication but in the many months leading up to it.  The Institute is represented on the Woodland […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters appoints new Executive Director

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Louise Simpson as our new Executive Director. An enthusiastic advocate of the Institute’s mission and values following three years as Development Director, Louise will succeed Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor in the role and assume responsibilities from the start of July 2022. The appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process, […]

Institute Executive Director joins new Green Job Delivery Group

The first meeting of the UK Government’s new group for creating green job opportunities took place on 11 May and was attended by leaders from business, industry, trade unions and academia, including the Institute’s Executive Director, Shireen Chambers MBE FICFor. With policies set out in the Energy Security Strategy and Net Zero Strategy, it is hoped that […]

New UKWAS standard for urban trees in development

A standard for the certification of ‘Trees outside Forests, particularly those in an urban environment, is being developed by PEFC UK with the support of a small working group. It will act as an appendix to the already endorsed national sustainable forest management scheme, the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). The UKWAS has been adapted, […]

New rules for the Woodland Carbon Code

With the speedy growth of the UK’s carbon market in recent years, Scottish Forestry has announced new measures to the Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) to increase scrutiny and credibility due to the demand for credits. A government-led scheme, the WCC is a high quality standard for woodland creation projects across the UK. Landowners that meet […]