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 […]

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 […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters receives grant from the Trees Call to Action Fund

  The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has been awarded a grant from the £6 million Trees Call to Action Fund, led by Defra, the Forestry Commission and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The grant will enable the ICF to design and deliver two important projects aimed at ensuring the forestry sector is equipped to […]

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, […]

Over 8,300 trees planted at Newcastle Airport

The North East’s largest Airport has planted over 8,300 trees as part of its membership of the North East Community Forest Project as well as to support the business’ stretching environmental targets. The North East Community Forest is a 30 year, multi-million pound project that will see tens of thousands of trees planted across Newcastle, […]

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 […]