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

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

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

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 […]

Careers In Forestry

Everything you need to know about an adventurous career in forestry We’ve compiled a range of informative videos and websites below to help you decide if forestry is the career for you! Watch Forestry and Arboriculture Videos Where To Study Forestry or Arboriculture                               Forestry Careers Advice […]

Professional Conduct – Standard 6

Standard 6 – Have regard for sustainability throughout your work Practice your profession with due regard to sound ecological, social, economic and environmental principles to the advantage of present and future generations. In practice this includes, but is not limited to, behaving as follows: Understand how your actions affect others and the environment and, if […]

Professional Conduct – Standard 5

Standard 5 – Act in a way that promotes trust in the profession Set a good example. Remember that both your public and private behaviour could affect your own reputation and that of the Institute and other members. In practice this includes, but is not limited to, behaving as follows: Promote what you and the […]

Professional Conduct – Standard 4

Standard 4 – Take responsibility Be accountable for all your actions. Take full responsibility for your actions and do not blame others if things go wrong. Have the courage to make a stand. Be prepared to act if you suspect a risk to safety or malpractice of any sort. In practice this includes, but is […]

Professional Conduct – Standard 3

Standard 3 – Treat others with respect Treat everyone fairly with courtesy, politeness and respect and consider cultural sensitivities and business practices. In practice this includes, but is not limited to, behaving as follows: Always be courteous, polite and considerate to clients, colleagues and everyone else you come into contact with Never discriminate against anyone […]

Professional Conduct – Standard 2

Standard 2 – Always provide a high standard of service Be open and transparent in your dealings. Share the full facts with your clients, making things as plain and intelligible as possible. Know and act within your limitations. Be aware of the limits of your competence and do not be tempted to work beyond these. […]

Professional Conduct – Standard 1

Standard 1 – Act with integrity Always put the interests of your clients or others to whom you have a professional responsibility above your own and respect their confidentiality. Always consider the wider interests of society when making your judgments. Always be honest. Be trustworthy in all that you do – do not deliberately mislead, […]

Tree Health Resources

  Tree Health Resources The Institute’s 2015 National Conference, Tree Health Resilience and Sustainability, took place on 22-23 April at the Angel Hotel in Cardiff. Please find below a series of resources from the event. Presentations Ball, Prof David – Making decisions about uncertain and potentially big risks Brown, Prof James KM – Learning from […]

Growing Credibility

“As a Chartered Member of the Institute, bound by a strict code of ethics, my clients and contacts know they’re dealing with a trusted professional.”  Neil Stoddart MICFor, Natural Resources Wales As a Regional Land Manager at Natural Resources Wales, the new single environmental sponsored body to the Welsh Government since 2012, I am responsible […]

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Guidance for Making a Complaint

Making a complaint – what you need to know In summary, a complaint against a member must be made in writing on the official Complaints Form which has an accompanying set of Guidance Notes for Complainants. If the complaint is considered by the Complaints Assessor that it would constitute a breach of the Institute’s Code […]

TPBE II Resources

Below is a range of resources from the 2014 Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBEII) conference. Proceedings   Download TPBEII Conference Proceedings (PDF) Print Copy: Order Now at Individual Papers Presentations Baerlocher, B – Swiss Urban Neighbourhood Woods: A paradigm of change in Urban Woodland Managment Barton, P – Tree Management and […]

Trees, People and the Built Environment

Trees, People and the Built Environment (TPBE) is a collaborative event that brings together professionals of forestry, arboriculture, and other built environment and environmental disciplines, to hear ground breaking international research on urban foresting. The event highlights the many social, economic and environmental benefits that trees bring to urban populations, and indeed the planet. This […]

ICF National Conference

ICF National Conference The Institute of Chartered Foresters hosts a conference each spring, which attracts UK and international attention from the world of forestry and arboriculture. Both members and non-members are invited to attend, with past conferences having strong themes of urban forestry and collaboration between built and natural environment professions. These events provide the […]

PME Workshop Materials 2014

PME Workshops 2014    PME 2014 Presentation 1    

Archnetwork Nature Exchanges to Norway and Finland

Arch Network Nature Exchanges to Norway and Finland Arch Network are now taking applications for the first Nature Exchange programmes for 2014, which will take place in Norway and Finland. They have six places available for both of these fully funded study visits. Nature Exchange is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci project and the […]

UKFS and Woodland Management Plan Workshop

UKFS and Woodland Management Plan Workshops During January and February, the ICF hosted a series of workshops in partnership with Forestry Commission England (FCE), introducing the previously refreshed UK Forestry Standard and new FC England woodland management plan templates. The events will be particularly valuable for forestry practitioners, agents and woodland owners. FC England management […]

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Subscribe to E-News Keep up to date with news about the ICF by signing up for E-News. Communications are generally sent once a month, unless we have some breaking news to share. We don’t want to flood your inbox with e-mails. To receive our news in your inbox, simply submit your details in the form […]


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ICF Regional Events

ICF Regional Events In addition to its National events, ICF holds local events through its network of Regional Groups. Regional events are planned and organised by members of each Regional Committee. They are largely attended by ICF members based in the region, but members from other ICF regions, as well as non-members, are often welcome […]


Institute of Chartered Foresters Members Enter the name of the person you are looking for to check if they are a member. Otherwise, select category and scroll the list (members are listed according to membership grade and in alphabetical order). Only those in the Fellow and Professional categories are Chartered Members of the Institute. Associate […]

Contact Us

Contact ICF Administration and General Enquiries – Ben Summers-McKay Finance – Cheryl Symon Membership – Stuart Glen Events and Publications (Chartered Forester) – Allison Lock Marketing and Communications – Julie Thomson   ICF Head Office 59 George StreetEdinburghEH2 2JGTelephone: 0131 240 1425E-mail:   View Larger Map   ICF Bristol Office Brunswick CourtBrunswick SquareBristolBS2 8PETelephone: […]

Institute of Chartered Foresters Multimedia Centre

Welcome to the Institute’s Multimedia information centre for the Forestry and Arboricultural sector. Here you will find all the latest news, features, videos and images from specialists and experts in the field whose voices matter most in shaping the practices and policies of forestry and tree management. Make it your mission to follow us on […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Membership Benefits

Member Benefits Ten good reasons to join the ICF Directory of Consultants – apply to be on ICF’s Directory of Chartered Consultants. Chartered Forester – free subscription to Chartered Forester magazine E-news – monthly e-news delivered directly to your inbox Forestry – reduced subscription to world-renowned International Journal of Forestry Representation – have your say how […]

Mobile Version

Mobile Version A mobile version of the ICF website can be accessed from all mobile and portable devices.

Job Ad Service

Distribution Service Are you looking for a highly qualified Forester or Arboriculturist to join your organisation?  Our distribution service allows you to advertise your vacancies to the most talented professionals in the sector. Gain direct access to the mailboxes of over 1500 ICF members. The only job vacancy service distributed to all Chartered Foresters and […]

Chartered Forester Magazine

Chartered Forester Chartered Forester, the quarterly magazine issued free to all members of the Institute, publishes feature articles on a wide range of professional and technical matters, news items, and professional information of direct relevance to members. Members are invited to contribute as their views are always appreciated. The editor periodically accepts articles of relevance from […]


Resources for Foresters and Arboriculturists This section contains an abundance of materials relating to forests, woodlands and trees in the UK territories and beyond. The ICF is passionately and professionally committed to the propagation of knowledge and information for the benefit of those with a vested interest in woodlands and trees, whether on a professional, […]

ICF National Study Tour

ICF National Study Tour The ICF National Study Tour is predominantly an outdoor annual event, occurring in the autumn at a location chosen to best reflect the topic in hand. The length of Study Tours varies depending on the locations being visited. The tours usually take the form of an indoor evening introduction, with short […]

Forestry & Arboricultural Events

Forestry and Arboricultural Events The Institute of Chartered Foresters organises a programme of forestry and arboricultural events throughout the year to support the continuing professional development needs of its members. These events include a National Conference and a National Study Tour, regional events through the ICF’s network of member-led local groups, and partnership events with […]

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 […]

Educational and Scientific Trust

Educational and Scientific Trust ICF’s Educational and Scientific Trust (EST) was established in 1984 as a charity that aims to advance education in all aspects of forestry and arboriculture. The EST supports a trust fund made up of donations which are managed by a group of Trustees. The Trustees, which include the ICF’s President and […]

ICF Student Award

ICF Student Award Each year, ICF presents a prestigious student award to each of the top students in the universities and colleges with ICF-accredited forestry and arboriculture courses.   Winners 2015 Augustas Juskevicius – BSc Forestry – University of Aberdeen Robert Evans – BSc (Hons) Conservation with Forestry – Bangor University Keira Tedd – BSc […]


Where to Study Forestry and Arboriculture A wide variety of forestry and arboricultural courses are offered by universities and colleges throughout the UK. Many of these courses embrace elements of environmental management, conservation and other disciplines relating to forestry and arboriculture. Successfully studying forestry or arboriculture qualifies you for a career in a sector which […]

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development Undertaking Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of lifelong learning is essential to being a professional. Creation of a competent, innovative, forward-looking profession as well as the individual is attained by proactive and targeted learning. What is the requirement for members? How much learning a member needs to undertake depends on individual […]

Career Information

Career Information for Forestry and Arboriculture Modern multi-purpose forestry and arboriculture is far more than just growing trees for timber. There are numerous career options depending on your interests and goals, which range from managing large forests to managing trees for amenity and urban landscapes. Sample roles include: Academic Arboriculturist Consultant Conservationist Forest engineer Forest […]

Education & Careers

Education and Careers in Forestry and Arboriculture The forestry and timber industry provides a great opportunity for a varied and interesting career in areas such as: Forestry – the science and practice of managing forests and woodlands Arboriculture – the planting, care and maintenance of amenity trees Timber Processing – the measurement, sawing, preparing and […]


Supporter of the Institute of Chartered Foresters The Supporter category is open to any individual with an interest in forestry and arboriculture who is not eligible to become chartered but who would like to keep in touch with current developments in the sector. Supporters are entitled to a copy of our quarterly membership magazine, Chartered […]

ICF Associate Member

Associate membership is available to all those who want to work towards becoming chartered. You will have completed your initial education in forestry, arboriculture or a related subject and are either already employed or looking to join the sector. Alternatively, you may have decided on a change of career and have started working or are […]

Membership Grades

Membership Grades The Institute of Chartered Foresters has several grades of membership relating to the status and experience of candidates who wish to join. Follow the links below for application packs in relation to each grade. Student  Associate  Professional Member Fellow  Supporter  Contact Us For queries about membership grades and routes to professional status please […]

Reinstatement to ICF

Reinstatement to Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Members are removed from the Institute’s membership register if they have resigned or if they have not paid their annual subscription fee. Members who have not paid their subscriptions by the beginning of the year are sent at least two further requests for payment and a […]

Senior Entry

Senior Professionals Entry Route You may be a senior practitioner in forestry or arboriculture who, for various reasons, has not previously sought chartered membership. Assessed Professional Competence (APC) is a route to Chartered status specifically aimed at senior professionals in this position. APC requires the demonstration of relevant experience over a minimum of 15 years, […]

Routes To Membership

Routes to ICF Chartered Status Many professional foresters and arboriculturists begin by completing an undergraduate or postgraduate course recognised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters. But many people who have not studied forestry or arboriculture join our sector looking for a new career. These members may have qualifications in related or very different subjects and […]


Membership of the Institute of Chartered Foresters Chartered membership of the ICF is internationally recognised as a badge of excellence. Whether you are a student, an experienced practitioner, or simply have an interest in the professional management and enhancement of trees and woodlands in all their forms, becoming a member of the ICF could bring […]

Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics for Professional Values and Rules for Professional Conduct and Practice in Forestry and Arboriculture Download the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct fjdkfjfgjlkdfjg. One of the aims of the ICF is to ensure that professional standards of conduct and good practice are adhered to within the foresty and arboricultural industry. MORE INTRO […]

What We Do

The Professional Body for Forestry and Arboriculture What is Forestry? Forestry is defined as the practice of all aspects of professional tree care, including forest and woodland management, arboriculture, urban forestry, environmental forestry and research, education and training in these fields. Forests, woodlands and urban trees must be sustainably managed to meet society’s increasing demands […]

History of the ICF

History of the Institute of Chartered Foresters The Institute of Chartered Foresters was founded in 1925 as the Society of Foresters of Great Britain. It became the Institute of Foresters in 1974 and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1982. Its objectives have always been: the maintenance and improvement of the standards of practice and […]

ICF Regions

Institute of Chartered Foresters – Regional Groups ICF supports nine regional groups across the UK which provide regular events for members in their designated areas. Events cover a wide range of topical issues and important developments in the forestry and arboricultural industry and typically involve seminars, discussion groups and site visits in all regions throughout […]

About The ICF

Putting Trees in the Hands of Experts The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is the Royal Chartered body for foresters and arboriculturists in the UK. It provides services and support to its members; guidance to professionals in other sectors; information to the general public; and educational advice and training to students and tree professionals seeking […]

The Institute of Chartered Foresters

Welcome to the Institute of Chartered Foresters. As the Royal Chartered body for forestry and arboricultural professionals, our members are part of the UK’s leading professional organisation relating to forests, woodlands and trees.