Policy Roundup – September 2021

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News Consultation Responses It has been a busy month for policy at the Institute. We published responses to the UKFS review key stakeholder consultation, Scottish Government’s consultation on Delivering Economic Transformation and DAERA’s […]

Help shape the plant biosecurity strategy for Great Britain

A consultation was launched on 21 September 2021 to inform a new plant biosecurity strategy for Great Britain.  This GB-wide consultation is directly relevant to anyone who has an interest in, and responsibility towards, plant health. With increasing pressure on trees and woodlands to mitigate the climate and nature crises, there are also unprecedented threats […]

Institute champions sustainable forestry across the UK

One of our greatest strengths as a professional body is our UK-wide remit and responding to consultations is an important way to influence policy and develop partnerships. We recently submitted a response to the UK Forestry Standard Review key stakeholder consultation to express our unwavering commitment to the UKFS and our support for the review […]

Government seeking views on the release of beavers into the wild

Beavers are being reintroduced in the UK after being hunted to extinction 400 years ago. A consultation launched by Defra on Wednesday 25 August is seeking views on the proposed approach to the further reintroduction and the management of the species in the wild in England. Widely referred to as ‘ecosystem engineers’, beavers can play […]

Policy Roundup – July 2021

Our monthly policy and research blog updates you on the latest work at the Institute and how you can get involved. Institute News This month saw the first in-person meeting of the Institute team in Edinburgh which included a visit to a Forestry and Land Scotland harvesting site and some swinging through the trees at […]

Institute Responds to the Agriculture (Wales) White Paper

The Agriculture (Wales) White Paper set out the Welsh Government’s plans for rural policy and support now that we have left the European Union. The White Paper noted the barriers to woodland creation and management and outlined proposals to address these. It also made proposals for regulatory reform, including changes to allow Ministers to add […]

Institute Responds to National Planning Policy Framework

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consulted on changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. We worked with our partners, the Arboricultural Association and the Landscape Institute, and were advised by an expert group from across planning and urban forestry.     Our key points were: Support for tree-lined streets Urging strategic links […]

Consultation Opens on UKWAS 5 Draft

A consultation has been opened and we encourage members to comment on an Initial Revision Draft of UKWAS 5. The consultation draft has been prepared by a chamber-balanced working group reflecting economic, environmental and social interests taking full account of stakeholder input. Peter Wilson FICFor, Chair of the UKWAS working group, said: “This Consultation Draft […]