Institute Policy Roundup – May 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 We are refining plans for the Institute’s policy strategy and resulting workstreams We published the results of our COVID-19 survey. Read them here We have analysed results […]

Institute Policy Roundup – April 2020

We’re excited to introduce the first monthly policy roundup blog – bringing you updates from what the Institute has been getting involved in and what you can get involved in too.  Policy Strategy Council approved our new policy strategy at the end of March so we can really push forward with the work we’ve been […]

Accelerating Woodland Creation – Conference Report

The Accelerating Woodland Creation conference on March 25 highlighted what should be done for England to fulfil a meaningful share of the UK’s ambitious goal of 30,000 hectares of new woodland per year until 2025. The UK Climate Change Committee has suggested that net zero will only be possible if this level of planting can be sustained […]

ELM Scheme Consultation Now Open

Please note that this consultation has been paused due to the coronavirus so you can no longer submit responses online. We are still working on our response and are happy to receive your feedback directly. When the consultation reopens, we’ll inform you. DEFRA have published a policy discussion document on proposals for the Environmental Land Management […]

COVID-19: Essential Working Information

Updated: 21/04/20 The Institute has received a significant number of enquiries from our members seeking clarification around the recently implemented restrictions on working practices. The government has not stipulated that all businesses should close and have advised that people can go to work if they cannot do so from home. The UK Government’s document, Staying […]

Call for Views: Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament is currently considering the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill. Arguably, this is the most significant piece of forestry legislation since the Forestry Commission was created in 1919. ICF members with any concerns about its impact have until 16 August to submit their views to the Scottish Parliament – to do this […]

Tree Improvement – Time For A National Strategy!

The tree improvement charity Future Trees Trust are working with Confor, the Forestry Commission and Forest Research to develop a National Tree Improvement Strategy (NTIS) for the whole UK forestry sector. As Forestry Commission’s funding for tree improvement – conifer and broadleaf – is likely to diminish in the next five years, the consortium is […]

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, offers his thoughts on the future of UK forestry. Monopoly, Oligarchy, Cartel. All words with negative connotations for most people, unless of course […]