Reopened Urban Tree Challenge Fund Will Plant 44,000 Trees

The Forestry Commission and Defra have opened the third round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund that will support the establishment of 44,000 large trees in towns and cities across England. Focussing on areas with higher social deprivation with fewer trees, particularly near schools and healthcare centres, the fund will support people’s health and wellbeing, […]

Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor elected as President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters

Members of the Institute of Chartered Foresters have elected Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor as the new President. Sharon succeeds Alastair Sandels FICFor, who has completed two years in the role. Geraint Richards FICFor, Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall, succeeds Sharon in the role of Vice President. Sharon is the first Chartered Arboriculturist, and only […]

Celebrities join forces for Tree Aid’s Future Forest appeal

Chris Packham, Joanna Lumley and Zoë Wanamaker are some of the celebrities backing an appeal that launched earlier this month to save a special forest in Ethiopia. Without urgent action, the Metema forest in Ethiopia could be extinct in 20 years, gripped by the devastating effects of the climate crisis. The tree-growing charity, Tree Aid, is […]

All England Woodland Resilience Awards 2021

To mark the UK hosting the 26th UN Conference on Climate Change of the Parties (COP26) in November this year, the Forestry Climate Change Working Group, a cross-sector forestry body which promotes adaptation of trees, woods and forests to environmental change, is organising the All England Woodland Resilience Awards. There are two awards: Existing woodland […]

Institute Vice President chairs cross-sector landscape debate

The Institute’s Vice President, Sharon Durdant-Hollamby FICFor, recently chaired a thought-provoking cross-sector debate on the importance of landscape architecture in woodland design. The event was organised by the team at Landscape Matters, a project founded in November 2020 by the Landscape Architects Edward Hutchison and Brodie McAllister BA DipLA FLI FHEA. The aim of Landscape […]

National Tree Officers Conference 2021 – Invitation to Present

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the National Tree Officers Virtual Conference 2021. Building on the success of five previous NTOC events, and in light of continued uncertainty around face-to-face meetings, the conference will take place entirely online on the 2nd and 3rd November. Developed by tree officers for tree officers, the National Tree […]

Watch: BBC Earth Video on Street Trees

This is an excellent video from BBC Earth on the importance of street trees featuring Associate member, Colleen O’Sullivan (London Tree Officers Association), and Trees, People and the Built Environment 4 speaker, Dr Nadina Galle (Ecological Engineer).

Forestry Journal Free for Institute Members from 2021

Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research Published by the Oxford University Press, Forestry is the Institute’s international journal and provides high quality articles and reviews on all aspects of research, practice and policy that inform and promote the sustainable management of forests and trees. There are five issues published every year, one of which […]

Institute Responds to EFRA Inquiry

The Institute has submitted evidence to a Westminster committee inquiry saying that government needs to address the skills shortage urgently in order to meet the challenges it faces, and not just for planting new trees but to meet objectives across the dual climate and nature crises. The Environment, Food and Rural & Affairs (EFRA) Committee […]

Institute Responds to Planning Reforms

The Institute has responded to the government consultation on planning reforms, emphasising the importance of considering trees and woodland properly in the planning process. We were advised by a group of members and other experts working in planning, arboriculture and urban forestry. We also worked with a number of prominent organisations including the Arboricultural Association, […]