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 […]