ICF Professional & Educational Standards Committee Vacancies

Three vacancies have arisen for membership of the Professional and Educational Standards Committee (PESC). Reporting to Council, this is the ICF committee that oversees the examinations and membership procedures, promotes professionalism among the members and oversees the CPD process. The Institute’s regulations stipulate that members serve for two years plus an additional two years if […]

Call for Ideas: Plant Biosecurity Strategy

We are a member of the Plant Health Alliance, a cross-sector group with a purpose of promoting and enhancing plant health and biosecurity measures to protect plant species and associated ecosystems (natural capital) in the United Kingdom and beyond. With the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) looking to refresh their plant biosecurity […]

Managing tree data nationally

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Bluesky is a sponsor of the 2018 National Tree Officers Conference (NTOC).  The Bluesky National Tree Map (NTM) identifies the location of more than 280 million trees nationwide, detailing their height and canopy cover. The data was created using innovative algorithms and image processing techniques in combination with the most up-to-date and detailed aerial photography and […]

Scottish Land Commission publishes first Strategic Plan

The newly formed Scottish Land Commission has published its first three year Strategic Plan. The Land Commission published its first Strategic Plan at its conference held today, Thursday 28 September 2017, in Dunfermline, which Shireen Chambers FICFor represented the Institute at. The Strategic Plan ‘Making More of Scotland’s Land’ sets out the priorities for the […]

MPs call for a One-Stop Shop for Forestry Grants “on day one” of Brexit

The parliamentary Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee published a new report Forestry in England: seeing the wood for the trees last month on International Day of Forests. The publication states that the creation of new woodlands is “essential” to achieve the “many environmental, social and economic benefits” they supply. The Committee’s view: “We […]

Tree benefits; the missing part of the street tree cost benefit analysis equation

Jeremy Barrell FICFor, Director, Barrell Tree Consultancy

Sheffield was widely hailed as one of Europe’s greenest cities, but it is rapidly gaining an international reputation as the place where they are felling street trees on an industrial scale.  Local democracy seems to be unravelling before an international audience as the wishes of local communities are ignored and healthy trees with decades of […]

ICF Welcomes MacKinnon’s Recommendations

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The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) today welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s review of forestry planting approval procedures, which was carried out recently by James Mackinnon CBE on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing. This report highlights the important contribution of forestry to the Scottish economy and […]

Guiding Light – “UK Forestry Standard”

Guiding Light – “UK Forestry Standard” Richard Howe MICFor is Policy Advisor for Forestry Commission (GB) based at Silvan House in Edinburgh. He has led the project to produce the new UK Forestry Standard and supporting guidelines. Endorsed by all the forestry ministers of the UK, these were published by the Forestry Commission in November […]

EST Projects

Education and Scientific Trust Projects Timber Harvesting | Project Angavo | ICF Conference | Helsinki Wood School | UNECE/FAO Timber Applicants who have benefited from the support of the the ICF’s Education and Scientific Trust. Timber Harvesting Training Event Applicant: Mark Malins MICFor, then Forestry & Environment Support Officer, Forestry Commission Wales Applied for: An […]

ICF at the South West Woodland Show


Alistair Rennie – Marketing Officer, ICF The ICF’s attendance at this year’s biennial South West Woodland Show was marked by a day of successful networking and the recruitment of several potential members which left ICF stalwarts Allison Lock (Communications and Events Manager) and Alistair Rennie (Marketing Officer) duly satisfied with their day’s efforts. PHOTO – […]